How to Compare Hands in Poker


The highest value card wins in poker

When comparing hands in poker, the highest value card wins. When you have two pairs of cards, and the other player has a single high card, the highest card wins. This holds true even when the players have the same kind of cards. However, in some situations, the highest card is more valuable than the pair.

When comparing hands, there are several criteria you must meet. First, you must have a pair. A pair is two cards that are the same value. It can be beaten by another pair. For example, when two players have a pair of eights and a queen, the person with the higher card wins.

You must have openers to win the pot

You must have openers to win the pot, even if you do not have trips in your hand. The key is to show those openers after your hand. Alternatively, you can play for only ante and the openers, or play for only part of the ante and the openers.