Before you play poker, it is important to know the different poker hands. While the number of cards you are dealt may vary, the poker hands are usually consistent from game to game. The lowest of the poker hands is a high card. For example, if you are playing Texas Hold'em and you have an Ace in your hand, but you have not made a pair, the Ace is your high card hand. If you have a pair of cards, such as two Kings, that is known as a pair. If you have a nine and a seven in your hand and the flop (the first three community cards) shows a nine, a seven, and a Queen, you have two pair.
If you have three cards that are the same (such as three Sixes), that is known as three of a kind, trips, or treys. This is a pretty good hand and more times than not, you will win with it. That is without someone has a straight. This is five cards in order. For example, you may have a two, three, four, five, and six - that is a straight. However, a higher straight - such as a nine, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace will beat it. After a straight, the next highest hand is a flush. This is five cards of the same suit. For example, if you have a ten and two of hearts in your hand and there is a Queen of hearts, a six of hearts, and a ten of hearts on the table, you have a flush because there are five hearts.
Beating a flush is a full house. This is three of one card and two of another. If you have a pair of threes in your hand and the flop is a three, four, and four, you have a full house. Four of a kind (four cards of the same type) is one of the strongest poker hands. Only two hands can beat it. A Straight flush beats four of a kind. An example of a straight flush is a four of diamonds, a five of diamonds, a six of diamonds, a seven of diamonds, and an eight of diamonds. The best of all poker hands, which is unbeatable, is a royal flush. This is the ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of the same suit.