To win in a game of poker the five cards which you have need to be better than the rest of people still playing at the end.
In most types of poker (e.g. 'Texas Hold'em', 'Seven-Card Stud', 'Five-Card Draw' etc...) the higher the card, the better it is (for example, the 'Aces' are the highest cards and the number '2' cards are the lowest). But just having the highest cards won't necessarily mean you win the game.
In poker, it's the combination of cards that you have (their number or their order or their suit) which is the difference between winning and losing. These combinations of cards are called 'hands') and there are 10 different types of hands in poker. These are hands have an order/rank, where some hands are better than others to have.
It can be difficult to remember what these hands are and if it is a strong or weak hand to have. But if you are playing poker, it is essential you not only know what these 10 hands are, but you know what they are called.
To help you both learn and remember what these 10 hands are, I have created two online exercises. In this first part, I'll first explain what the 10 hands in poker are (what cards they are made from), what they are called in English and what their stengthen is (is it a good or bad hand to have). After this, you'll find an test/quiz which will not only make sure you know their names, but will also help you to remember them.
After you have done this, I recommend that you do the second part of this exercise. This will test that you know the strength of a number of different poker hands (which is the strongest to the weakest) and make sure that you remember this when you are playing.
To learn more poker and card game vocabulary go to our card games exercise menu
Below is the order/rank of the ten different hands/combination of cards in Poker. We will start by describing what the best/highest hand you can have in poker is and what it is called. We will go through all the hands until the worst/lowest hand. The names of the different poker hands are in bold in each description.
At the end, there is a test/quiz where you have to match the names of the different hands to pictures of cards.
In the following quiz you will find images of 12 different sets of cards. In the quiz, you have to match each set of cards to its name (which is in bold above). Choose the name of the poker hand from the selection list options.
There is one set of cards for each of the above poker hands except for two (which have two sets of cards below).
When you have finished, click on the "Check answers" button at the bottom of the quiz to check your answers.
When the answer is correct, two icons will appear next to the question. The first is an Additional Information Icon "". Click on this for extra information on the poker hand and for a translation. The second is a Pronunciation Icon "". Click on this to listen to the pronunciation of the word/phrase and to do a pronunciation speaking test.
Now that you understand these, practise by dealing yourself 5 cards and saying what poker hand you have.