In Poker, winning hands are the result of two or more distinct pairs of cards. The highest pair wins, while the second pair wins if the two are not the same rank. If a tie occurs, the high card outside of the four of a kind breaks it. Flushes, on the other hand, are a straight or a better than pair with no better hands. If there are no such hands, the highest card in the deck breaks ties.

The highest hand possible with a standard pack is the straight flush, which is five cards of the same suit in a row. A straight flush is also known as a royal flush, since it requires five cards of the same suit. However, the chances of hitting a royal flush are low, and the odds are approximately one in 650,000. Next is the four-of-a-kind, which is a hand consisting of four aces. The fourth unmatched card does not count, and so on.

In five-card draw, players place an ante into the pot before the hand is dealt. After betting, they can see their cards. After they have revealed their cards, they may discard up to three cards and draw new cards from the top of the deck. Then, after the discarding, there is another round of betting. This process is repeated until only one person holds a full hand. This is known as a showdown, and there are many variations of the game.