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Value Of The Hands

The "hands" at Poker are as follows, in order of value:--

No. 1. Sequence Flush, or Straight Flush.--A sequence of five cards
of the same suit. In sequences the ace is the lowest card, and therefore
ace to five is the lowest possible sequence. Nine to king is the highest
possible sequence, and if a "flush," i.e. all the cards of the same
suit, is the best possible hand in Poker.

No. 2. Fours, or Four of a kind.--Four cards of equal value, and one
other card of no value. Four aces take precedence, then four kings, etc.

No. 3. Full Hand.--Three cards of equal value, and two cards of
equal value (for instance, three queens and two aces). The relative values
of two or more "full hands" are fixed by the threes they contain, the
highest three taking precedence, without regard to the value of the other
two cards. Thus, a "full hand" consisting of three tens and two fours,
is better than a "full hand" consisting of three nines and two kings.

No. 4. Flush.--Five cards of one suit. The relative values of two
or more "flush" hands depend upon the value of the cards they comprise,
--the highest card taking precedence.

No. 5. Sequence, or Straight.--A sequence in value of cards,
not being all of one suit. Nine to king is the highest sequence,
and wins, of course, against any lower sequence.

No. 6. Triplets, or Threes.--Three cards of the same value,
and two other cards which are of no value. Three aces are highest,
then three kings, three queens, etc.

No. 7. Two Pairs.--Two sets of two cards each, of equal value (i.e.
2 knaves and 2 fours for instance), and one card of no value. The relative
values of two or more "two pair" hands is decided by the highest pair. If
two hands have equally high pairs, the value is decided by the second pair.

No. 8. A Pair.--Two cards of equal value, and three of no value.
Two aces are the highest pair.

If, when the cards are exposed after a game, no player holds any of the
foregoing "hands," the player whose hand contains the card highest in value
wins the stakes. If two or more players hold cards equally high in value,
the player who holds the next highest card wins.

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