Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How to Memorize Poker Hands

As one of the most popular card (or gambling) games found throughout the world, Poker has become somewhat standardized.  Regardless of where you go, the various winning hands remain the same.  Naturally, if you want to become a decent player, you’re going to need to commit them to memory.  In doing so, one only needs to think back upon their days in school and subsequent use of mnemonics.

For example (from low to high) the possible poker hands are:

  • High card
  • One pair
  • Two of a kind
  • Three of a kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Full house
  • Four of a kind
  • Straight flush
  • Royal flush

In turn, you can easily divide the various 10 hands at the point of the “Straight”, which consists of 5 cards in sequential order (i.e. – 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) that aren’t of one particular suit.  Beneath it there are four hands which can be conveyed as 0, 1, 2, 3.

Or, in other words:

  • 0 = high card
  • 1 = one pair
  • 2 = two of a kind
  • 3 = three of a kind

Following that, you have the upper 5 poker hands, which can be memorized using the following mnemonic:  “Freddy Found Four Single Raisons”.  Where:

  • Freddy = Flush
  • Found = Full house
  • Four = Four of a kind
  • Single = Straight flush
  • Raisins = Royal flush

The benefit here is that “four” corresponds directly with “four of a kind”.  As far as the hands themselves are concerned:

  • Flush – 5 cards of the same suit (any order)
  • Full house – three of a kind + one pair
  • Four of a kind – self-explanatory
  • Straight flush – 5 cards of the same suit which are also in perfect sequence (i.e. – 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King)
  • Royal flush – Exactly like the straight flush only the sequence ends with the Ace as the high card (i.e. – 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace).  This is the best hand in Poker that you can have, obviously.

In summation, you can memorize all the poker hands utilizing the following mnemonic:  “0, 1, 2, 3, Freddy Found Four Single Raisins”.  All you have to do is remember to start with “0” instead of one and you have your sequence nailed down perfectly.  Since 1, 2, 3, and “Four” all correspond directly with the same value of their respective hands, there should be little to no confusion to deal with.