In the sport of poker there are some common types of hands used regularly. The most common are Ace, Queen, King, Deuce, King, Ten, and Jack. Aces are usually the strongest hands when playing alone against stronger players, while Deuces and Ten represent the lowest value when playing alone against weaker players. Jacks represent an intermediate value, while a Deuce is the weakest type of hand. This gives the dealer some options when deciding whether to play or fold, and if so, at what level.
In addition to the above common types, there are also special types of hands, ones that are rarely seen in regular play. Examples of these are Antique, Flop, Straight, Four of a Kind, Full House, Poker, Omaha, Seven of a Kind, Two Pair, and Turn. While not all of these hands will be used in every game, each one is used as a special type of play.
The following sections give more information about each special type of hand. Ace: When dealing as a straight, Ace represents strength. The Ace can be used as an opening hand, or as an answer to a pre-flop bet. The Ace is considered a high value hand when playing against opponents who are not strong, especially in the early stages of the game. If the Ace is left in front of a player after the flop, they should fold with the assumption that they will have a strong hand in the next round.
Five: A four of a kind is an aggressive card, used for raising bets and for taking strong action when bluffing. The five of a kind is not necessarily used as an opening hand; sometimes it is called a four of a kind from the start. If the five of a kind is left behind after the flop, it is considered a weak hand and should be folded. The five of a kind can also be raised for a full house when facing opponents who are strong, but the hand is not recommended as a main betting bet. The five of a kind is a poor play in the later stages of the game when faced against strong opponents who are prepared to put up a larger bet. It is usually raised to cover any loose cards left by the four of a kind.
Full House: When faced against opponents who raise regularly, a full house is a low value card, representing a low level of strength when compared to a three, four, or five. It is not recommended to raise a full house when faced against opponents who are not prepared to place a large bet; the full house raises are usually used only when a large bet is needed. Full houses are often raised in late position in a hand, after an opponent has taken an action with strong cards, if it is not known whether or not this action will result in raising the hand, or if the player has a weak hand. If the full house is left alone after the flop, the player should fold or keep their cards face down. The full house is a better choice when facing opponents who play in the small blind, because it offers a higher level of strength and raises are less likely. It is also possible to raise a full house for a straight against strong opponents if the player is uncertain if a bet will result in a raise.
Two Pair: The two pair is not as common a choice in regular poker games as it is in tournaments; however, many tournament players use the two pair against weaker players when they are ready to enter a tournament. When a two pair is left in front of opponents who are not very strong, it is a sign of strength and the possibility of a late stage comeback. A good way to play against a pair in later stages of the game is to make a strong pot bet against it when it is not the strongest option, then fold or keep the cards face down when it is the strongest. This is one of the most common types of hands in poker. Some players call the two pair when they have no good choices, but the opponent raises and they are forced to fold or keep their cards face down to protect them from the strength of the opponent’s hand.