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Poker Game is one of the world's most interesting card games,
arguably the most famous. When you start learning about it, something that immediately catches your eye are the
poker hand rankings.
So, what are poker hand rankings?
These are the combinations of cards that can win you a hand in Poker. There are 10 different hands that you should be well-informed about. This is how they are ranked from the strongest to the weakest –
Here, you will learn everything there is to know about Straight Poker.
Looking at the list above, you can determine that Straight falls in the centre of the list and is neither the highest nor the lowest hand. It is, however, weaker than a Flush but stronger than a Three-of-a-Kind.
Simply put, Straight is a combination of five cards belonging to different suits, but in consecutive value. For example, 3D, 4H, 5C, 6S, 7D is a Straight poker hand.
Ace, on the other hand, can act as a low value card or a high value card depending on where you want to place it; AH, 2D, 3S, 4C, 5H is an acceptable hand and so is 10S, JC, QH, KD, AS.
A poker hand can be used best while playing Texas Holdem
poker. Hold'em is the most popular poker variant and can be played by newbies as well as veterans of card
games alike. Playing ten different hands can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when you need more practice
Straight poker hand is more or less self-explanatory compared to other hands on the rankings list. It is a group of five cards belonging to consecutive values arranged together irrespective of the suit.
Among the ten hands, Straight ranks as the sixth-best hand. Despite that, it is seen as strong on its own and capable of winning games. An Ace-high (10 through Ace) is the highest straight hand.
So, if you are tied with other players having a straight, and you hold an Ace-high, you will emerge on top because yours is the highest straight poker hand.
Whether or not you will win the hand can be determined by your top card. The higher the card's value, the better your chances of beating your opponents with a straight.
You should be aware of a few aspects surrounding straight Poker. It is better to ignore the straights that emerge from the community cards. Consider them only when your hole cards for a straight but contain cards of the lower value.
You must also keep a close eye on the pattern used by your adversaries, as that may help you determine whether or not they are playing a straight, too.
The general idea behind how a straight hand in poker works is simple. A straight comes to pass when you form a
five-card hand comprising cards of consecutive values irrespective of the suit they belong to. For instance, 7,
8, 9, 10, J is an acceptable straight.
Ace, on the other hand, plays a dual role in a straight poker hand, as it can be used as a high-value and low-value card. For example, you can use Ace as a part of A, 2, 3, 4, 5 as well as in 10, J, Q, K A.
You can assemble the cards in 10 distinct ways. The orders in which you can compile the cards are as follows
from the highest to the lowest –
Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10
King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9
Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8
Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7
10, 9, 8, 7, 6
9, 8, 7, 6, 5
8, 7, 6, 5, 4
7, 6, 5, 4, 3
6, 5, 4, 3, 2
5, 4, 3, 2, A
Remember, Ace can be used in one of two ways and depending on its placement, it can be the highest valued card or the lowest one.
Regardless of which poker variant you play, Straight
has a role to play in it. Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker variation, followed by Omaha. The probability
of getting a Straight hand poker appears in four stages –
Below are the probabilities of drawing a Straight poker in Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha.
As stated, you can form a Straight hand in any of the four stages of the game. Here is the probability
At the pre-flop stage: 0.39% - This depends on the 5 cards that you draw from the standard deck of cards, excluding royal flush and straight flush
At the flop stage: 1.30% - This depends on the reveal of the two community cards
At the turn stage: 16.90% - This depends on the subsequent cards revealed after flop
At the river stage: 17.20% - This depends on a possible straight draw
The probabilities of getting a Straight hand poker in pot limit Omaha are much better. Here they are –
At the pre-flop stage: 0.39 % - This depends on the 5 cards that you draw from the standard deck of cards, excluding royal flush and straight flush
At the flop stage: 4.90% - This depends on the 4 ‘hole’ cards, where the cards are between ranks 4 to 7 and 8 to J
At the turn stage: 17.78% - Though the probability percentage starts at 17.78%, the numbers climb gradually as the cards are revealed going up to 44.44%
At the river stage: 18.18% - Though the probability percentage starts at 18.18%, the numbers climb gradually as the cards are revealed going up to 45.45%
Before learning to apply Straight hand in Texas Hold'em, it is important to understand what it is, where does it
rank and how to build it. Once you comprehend these details, application becomes much simpler.
There are a few tips and tricks that can help you get the best out of this hand.
Be open to pivot:
In Poker, strategies can go for a toss within seconds. So, going in with a plan is never much of an option since you will be forced to make sudden changes to it.
Only you can be the best judge of whether or not a Straight can win you that particular hand. Five other combinations can best a Straight hand. Keep a close eye on which cards your opponents are going for. So, being flexible will enable to make in-game changes and use it to your advantage
Take a traditionalist approach:
This step refers more to betting than with playing a Straight hand. Being reckless with betting can cost you big. In Poker, the chances of a player getting a Flush is better than getting a Straight.
Nevertheless, if you manage to land a Straight at the beginning of the game, chances are that the hole cards are weak. In such a scenario, be wary of what you add to the pot and refrain from adding too much
Don’t make assumptions:
It is easy to draw assumptions when you hold a Straight hand. As the game progresses, you may notice that other players are playing for the same hand as you, not a higher one.
If you are holding low value Straights, it becomes easy for your opponents to manipulate you into committing an error. Be sure not to make assumptions about other players’ cards. If you notice your opponent not taking an aggressive approach, that may be the best time to strike
As established before, Straight Poker is the sixth-highest hand in this card game. So, it can be beaten by five
hands – royal flush, full house, four-of-a-kind, straight flush,
royal flush – should you have a straight. Nevertheless, it is still a strong hand.
As for winning with a straight hand, it is possible when none of your adversaries have either pairs or flush or a higher straight hand.