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Hand ranking in 3 card poker

One of the easiest versions of poker is 3 card poker. It is an easy game to learn because of which players who are playing poker for the first time prefer to learn 3 card poker before moving on to the other complex versions of the game. 3 card poker involves both luck and skills but the players need not strategize like the extent they need to do in regular poker. In 3 card poker, the players need to pay attention to composition of their hands. One of the most important decisions a player need to make while playing 3 card poker is whether to fold or continue playing and this decision is governed by their hand composition. This article will give a quick glimpse of the different hand rankings of the game.

In 3 card poker the straight flush is ranked as the highest hand. The hand consists of cards which are not only from the same suit but also forms a sequence. For instance a hand consisting of the Queen of Hearts, King of Hearts and Ace of Hearts will be a straight flush. In 3 card poker, the straight flush is the highest hand as long as there are no wild cards as it is a very difficult card to score. The highest straight flush in poker is called the Royal Flush.

Three of a kind is a hand which is made up of same cards but from different suits like a hand made up of 2 of clubs, 2 of diamonds and 2 of spades.

A straight hand is made up of 3 cards which are in a sequence but belong to different suits. For instance, a hand, made of 3 of heart, 4 of spade and 5 of diamond will be a straight hand.

In flush, all the 3 cards making up the 3 card poker hand will belong to the same suit but need not be in a sequence. So, a hand, made of 3 of hearts, 5 of hearts and 8 of hearts will be called a flush.

In a pair, two cards out of the three should be of same value, i.e. a hand having 9 of diamonds, 9 of spades and 4 of cards will be called a pair.

In a hand where all the three cards belong to different values and different suites and are not in any sequence is called a high card. A high card hand should always have a Queen or a higher card.

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