The Hands





65. The following shall be the hands in order of value; the first

being the highest:--1, Sequence flush; 2, Fours; 3, Full; 4, Flush;

5, Sequence not a flush; 6, Threes; 7, Two pairs; 8, A pair.



66. If there be two or more flush sequences shown, the player whose

sequence contains the highest card (ace being the lowest) shall be held to

have the best hand.







67. If there be two or more fours shown, fours being the best hand, the

player who has the four cards highest in value shall be held to have the

best hand.



68. If there be two or more full hands shown, a full hand being the best

hand, the player whose full hand contains threes highest in value shall

be held to have the best hand.



69. If there be two or more flush hands shown, a flush hand being

the best hand, a flush in hearts shall be held to be the best hand;

and if there be no flush hand in hearts, the flush hand which contains

the card highest in value, and which is not tied by a card of equal

value in another flush hand, shall be the best hand.



70. If there be two or more sequences shown, a sequence being the best

hand, the player whose sequence contains the highest card (ace being the

lowest) shall be held to be the best hand; and if there be two or more

sequences of cards of equal value, a sequence in hearts, ceteris paribus,

shall be the best hand.



71. The ace shall only begin a sequence; it shall not end a sequence after

a king, nor shall it be an intermediate card between a king and a two.*



*This law, and the others which are involved in it, has

only the authority of custom in this country. Some American

writers permit of the ace being used at the beginning or

end of a sequence, making ten to ace the highest sequence.



72. If there be two or more threes shown, threes being the best hand, the

hand containing the threes highest in value shall be the best hand.



73. If there be two or more two-pairs shown, two-pairs being the best hand,

the hand containing the pair highest in value shall be the best hand; and

if two two-pair hands contain pairs equally high in value, such pairs being

the highest, the value of the other pair shall decide which is the

better hand.



74. If there be two or more pairs, pairs being the best hand, the hand

containing the pair highest in value shall be the best hand; and if two

hands contain equally high pairs, the hand containing the highest card

which is not tied by an equally high card in the other hand shall be the

better hand.



75. If no pair hand nor any better hand be shown, the player whose hand

contains the card highest in value which is not tied by a card of similar

value in another competing hand, shall be held to have the best hand.



76. If, when the final call is made and the hands shown, two or more

players hold hands identical in value, such players shall share the pool

equally between them.





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