Poker Hands (cont.)

Straight  (10,200 = 0-392 per cent) Five cards in sequence but not of one suit. Ace counts either high (A-K-Q-J-T) or low (5-4-3-2-A). One with a higher top card beats one with a lower. Ties are possible.

Three of a Kind  (54,912 == 2-13 per cent) Three cards of the same rank, the other two idle and unrelated. Three of a higher rank beats three of a lower. Ties are not possible.

Two Pairs (123,552 = 4-75 per cent) Two cards of one rank, two of another, the fifth idle. To break ties, the one with the highest ranking pair wins, or the second highest if equal, or the higher idle card if still equal.

One Pair (1,098,240 = 42-2 per cent) Two cards of the same rank, the other three idle and unrelated. Ties are decided in favour of the highest-ranking pair, or best unmatched card if equal.

Nothing (1,302,540 = 50-1 per cent) Also called a 'high card' hand because competition between combinationless cahands is decided in favour of the one with the highest-ranking top card, or second highest if equal, and so on. (This is consistent but illogical, since combinationless hands with Ace high are over 120 times commoner than those with Seven high, others ranking pro rata.)