High Card In Poker: Meaning, Ranking, & Probability

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Poker is a game of skill, intelligence and a strong knowledge about the hands and strategies in the game. One of the best ways to improve in poker is to know everything there is to know about each and every possible hand combination out there. In this article, we will be specifically talking about one such hand – the high card. To know what it is and how to use it, read on.

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What is a high card in poker?

Getting a high card in poker is probably the worst thing that can happen to a player in a game of poker. A high card, as described by the poker high card rules, is a hand combination wherein none of the 5 cards in the hand combination have any relation with each other. All the 5 cards in this hand combination are completely different. For example, a hand combination consisting of cards of ranks 5, 7, 10, 2, 3 is known as a high card hand combination. As seen in this example, there is no relation between any of these cards. In this hand combination, the name high card gives an apt description of what it is about. This is because, according to poker high card rules, in this hand combination, the highest card present among the 5 cards of the hand is compared with the high cards of all the other players playing at the table.

How are the high card hands ranked?

When looking at how to rank the high card in poker, the regular card ranking rules work here as well. In poker, the ace high poker hand combination or, the poker high card hand combination with the Ace as one of the cards among the 5 cards in that hand combination is considered to be the highest poker high card combination. As with all the other hand combinations in poker, you can play the board with the high card in poker. Playing the table is poker lingo for using the community cards unveiled on the table to form your hand combinations. Playing this table is allowed and encouraged in almost all poker games. It does not matter how many hole cards the dealer has dealt, you are slowed to play the table in all poker games.

When ranking the high card in poker, the suit of the hand combination does not matter. What matters the most are the denominations of the card or the rankings of the card. The high card in poker is not just referred to a hand combination but also to all the high cards in all the hand combinations. Whenever a player is comparing two hand combinations which are the same, the higher hand combination is judged by the highest card in that particular hand combination. For example, if two players have got the straight hand combination, the hand combination with the poker straight high card or, the highest card is declared the winner. The highest high card in poker is the Ace. A high card in poker with an ace high is considered to be the highest high card hand combination followed by the hand combination which is king high followed by the hand combination which is queen high and so on.  Some examples of the poker high card hand combination are-

·         Ace (A), Queen (Q), Rank 6 (6), Rank 5 (5) and Rank 10 (10) (A Q 6 5 10) - A poker high card hand combination with an ace high.

·         King (K), Jack (J), Rank 9 (9), Rank 7 (7) and Rank 2 (2) (K J 9 7 2) - A poker high card hand combination with a king high.

·         Queen (Q), Rank 10 (10), Rank 7 (7), Rank 4 (4) and Rank 2 (2) (Q 10 7 4 2) - A poker high card hand combination with a queen high.

·         Jack (J), Rank 7 (7), Rank 5 (5), Rank 3 (3) and Rank 2 (2) (J 7 5 3 2) - A poker high card hand combination with a Jack high.

How does a high card fare against other hands?

When we sit and compare the high card in poker with all the other hand combinations there are, we notice that this is the weakest hand combination that a player can get. According to the poker high card rules, the two hand combinations that are higher than the high card in poker are the two pair and the two of a kind or the pair. The Two Pair ranks eighth against all the other hand combinations in poker. In this hand combination, there are supposed to be two pairs having the same ranks. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination consisting of cards of 5, 5, 2, 2 and 8 is considered to be a Two Pair. The two of a kind or the pair ranks ninth against all the other hand combinations in poker. In this hand combination, there is supposed to be one pair of cards having the same rank. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination consisting of cards of 5, 5, 2, 3 and 8 is considered to be a Pair or a two of a kind.

Probability of drawing a high card hand

Poker high card rules in poker dictate that this hand combination can be used in almost any form of poker. The above mentioned poker high card rules are applicable to the two most famous and most played forms of poker, Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker among others. The probabilities for using the high card in poker as dictated by the poker high card rules for both, Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker for the pre flop, the flop, the turn and the river are-

Texas Hold’em Poker Probabilities

Pre Flop

50.12%

This is based on 5 cards selected randomly from a standard 53 card deck.

Flop

67.70%

This is based on hole cards which are not suited and not paired.

Turn

87.23%

This is based on hole cards which are not suited and not paired.

River

86.96%

This is based on hole cards which are not suited and not paired.

Omaha Poker Probabilities

Pre Flop

50.12%

This is based on 5 cards selected randomly from a standard 53 card deck.

Flop

31.08%

This is based on hole cards which are not suited and not paired.

Turn

73.33%

This is based on hole cards which are not suited and not paired.

River

72.73%

This is based on hole cards which are not suited and not paired.

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