Although home poker games can play by any number of rules, online poker rules are always consistent. While online poker games are almost always played with a 52 card deck. The Joker is sometimes used for Draw style games and is never used when playing ‘flop games’ like Texas Hold’em. All poker hand rankings are made from the best five cards available, and suits are not ranked.
When using a joker or wildcards then “Five of a Kind” is the best hand in online poker. Cards are ranked with Ace as the highest card, and then face cards down to the two, or Deuce. Because of this a hand of five aces, with four aces and a joker, is the best possible hand in online poker.
In online poker games that are not using the joker then the best possible hand is the “Straight Flush.” This is five cards of the same suit in consecutive order. (the Jack of clubs, 10 of clubs, 9, 8 and 7 of clubs for example). The best of all these combinations is the “Royal Flush,” this is an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suit (Spades, Diamonds, Hearts or Clubs).
After this hand is “Four of a Kind,” which are four cards of the same ranking with any card as a fifth. The higher ranking the four cards the better the hand, for example, four nines beat out four eights in online poker and so on.
A “Full House” in online poker is three cards of the same rank combined with another pair from a different rank, (three Queens and two fours, or three fives and two Aces).
After this comes the “Flush,” with five cards of the same suit is the best hand in online poker. The cards are not in consecutive order, and different hands are ranked in order of the highest card down. A Flush that starts with an Ace and then skips down to a 7,6,4,3 still beats a Queen, 10,8,6,3. If two flushes have the same cards then the pot is split.
While there are a number of other winning hands in online poker, these are the best hands in the game.