The “Lesser” Poker Hands

Here are the lowest hands played in poker games.

A straight in poker is composed of five cards in order. An example would be 98765. A player has the option to play the ace high or low, as in AKQJT and 5432A respectively. Straights such as 432AK are called “around the corner” straights and are not usually allowed.

Three of a kind is three cards of the same rank along with two kickers of different ranks. An example would be JJJ74. Rank is determined by the triple cards and then by the two kickers. JJJ74 would then beat 99956, and JJJ74 would beat JJJ65.

A two pair is made up of two cards of the same rank and two cards of another rank plus a kicker of a third rank. An example would be QQ884. These are ranked by the higher pair, then the lower pair and then the kicker.

A one pair is two cards of one rank along with three kickers of different ranks, such as KKJ63. These are ranked by the pair, and then each of the kickers.

A high card, is a hand that does not fit in with the previous hands. An example would be KJ863. These are ranked by the high card and then each succeeding card.