Some varieties of poker with 5 cards in hand exist, although, the card combinations rankings are almost similar. Actually, 2 main types of this game are famous: Draw, which also has a low variety, and 5 Card Stud. Draw Poker (with an exchange) has several varieties. In its Low “2 to 7” variant, the low combination wins, but Ace is the coolest card. In Low Ace to 5 type of a 5-card Draw Ace is the worst card when it comes to 5 card poker hands. Meanwhile, this poker variant is not famous.
5 card poker hands and their ranking
All hands — combinations — define the so-called “hierarchy” of hands in 5 card poker, and winning odds as well. A bunch of tables with these hands (all of them are similar) is available on the internet at the sites that share with their visitors the information about professional games with cards, and poker, certainly. The relative seniority of hands in poker is usually based on the probabilities of getting them when a random hand is dealt to a gamer.
It would be great to know the opponent’s hand. But, to the greatest regret, without any psychic abilities, in practice this is impossible. In certain distributions, one has to rely on experience, knowledge, and observation results. It is these factors that help, if not to determine the exact hand of the opponent, then to designate a certain set of such hands that he may have in a given situation. It is this set of possible starting combinations that is called the opponent’s range in poker. The opponent’s hand range, is a specific group of hands that a gamer thinks his opponent may have in a particular game situation.
The newbie will be shocked if he learns that the possible number of all hands in a 5-card poker is…2,598,960! However, only a machine (which is used in online game) can count all of them. A player should remember the best cards that will help him to win.
- Royal Flush;
- Straight Flush;
- Four of a Kind;
- Full House;
- 3 of a Kind;
- 2 pairs;
- A pair;
- A kicker – the highest card; the lowest one among other 5 card poker hands.
The probabilities to get this or that hand are usually shown in special tables with winning odds in poker.
Worst winning hands in a 5-card poker
When playing five-card poker, Ace-King, is considered the smallest pair. Besides, 2 and 7 (off suit) is a combination that will hardly bring a player a win. Other hands that a player will be not glad to get are 2+8, 3+8, 3+7, for instance. Ace can be also useless in some situations and it might be a mistake sometimes to keep it hoping that it will bring a win (i.e. Ace + a low unsuited card) .
All the tables with these hands are regularly published online, but it is worthless to remember this information. The best way to learn this stuff and use it winning more often is to play 5-card poker online as often as it is possible.