Poker Hand Rankings

Seven Card Stud

Not sure what beats what in poker?

Check below for a list of all poker hands ranked from best to worst. These are standard for all poker sites.

Answers to some of the most frequently asked poker hand ranking questions can be found below the list.

Still confused after? Drop a question in the comments and someone will more than likely sort you out.

 Poker Hands from Highest to Lowest

Royal Flush       

A straight from a ten to an ace with all five cards of the same suit. In poker all suits are ranked equally.

Straight Flush       

Any straight with all five cards of the same suit.

Four of a Kind       

Any four cards of the same rank. If two players share the same Four of a Kind (on the board), the bigger fifth card (the "kicker") decides who wins the pot.

Full House       

Any three cards of the same rank together with any two cards of the same rank. Our example shows "Aces full of Kings" and it is a bigger full house than "Kings full of Aces."

Flush       

Any five cards of the same suit (not consecutive). The highest card of the five determines the rank of the flush. Our example shows an Ace-high flush, which is the highest possible.

Straight       

Any five consecutive cards of different suits. Aces can count as either a high or a low card. Our example shows a five-high straight, which is the lowest possible straight.

Three of a Kind       

Any three cards of the same rank. Our example shows three-of-a-kind Aces, with a King and a Queen as side cards - the best possible three of a kind.

Two Pair       

Any two cards of the same rank together with another two cards of the same rank. Our example shows the best possible two-pair, Aces and Kings. The highest pair of the two determines the rank of the two-pair.

One Pair       

Any two cards of the same rank. Our example shows the best possible one-pair hand.

High Card       

Any hand not in the above-mentioned hands. Our example shows the best possible high-card hand.

Poker Hands Rankings Explained

Poker Hand Rankings FAQ

Does a straight beat a flush?

No. This is one of the most common misconceptions in poker. In reality a flush (five cards of the same suit) always beats a straight (five cards in a numeric sequence). A straight-flush, which is five cards of the same suit in consecutive order, beats both hands.

 

What’s better -- Two Pair or Three of a Kind?

Three-of-a-kind always beats two-pair. The only “made” poker hand that two-pair beats is one pair. 

 

Does “All Reds” or “All Blacks” beat a straight?

“All Reds” or “All Blacks” doesn’t beat/mean anything in poker. To make a flush in poker you have to have five cards of the same SUIT. That means five spades, hearts, clubs or diamonds. Having all one color is not a poker hand.

 

Does it matter if I have higher flush cards?

It does. In No-Limit Hold’em if you have a flush with an ace as the highest card and your opponent has a flush with a king as the high card, you win. The easiest way to understand who wins is to lay out your complete five-card hand and compare it with your opponent’s hand. If anyone has a higher card, that person wins (obviously you both share the cards on the board).

 

Which suit is ranked the highest?

In poker, suits don’t count. Spades aren’t better than hearts, clubs aren’t higher than diamonds, etc. If you have the same hand as your opponent but in different suits then you simply split the pot. This misconception is from other games where suits do matter.

 

What do I beat if I have 3 Pairs?

Absolutely nothing. You just use your two highest pairs. There is no such thing as “3-pair” in poker.

 

Is there a difference between Trips and a Set? Which is better?

Trips and a set are the same hand: Three-of-a-kind. The difference is how you acquire three-of-a-kind. A set is made when your pocket pair hits one card on the board.

Trips are made when you utilize two cards on the board and one in your hand to make three-of-a-kind. Because they are much easier to conceal when betting, sets are generally considered the better hand.

 

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What if there’s a straight on the board?

You chop the pot. That’s provided that no player has a better hand (flush or higher) or someone has a higher straight using the cards in their hand. 

 

What’s a Four-Flush?

A four-flush is when you use four cards of the same suit on the board and one from your hand to complete a flush. It’s worth noting this is one of the key differences between No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha. In PLO you have to use two of your cards so you can’t have a four-flush.

 

What if I have the same pair as my opponent?

Once again you chop the pot. Pocket aces versus pocket aces generally means you have a split pot (unless someone is fortunate enough to hit a four-flush on the board).

 

Can you make a Straight with 4-3-2-A-K?

No. While the ace can make both the lowest straight (A-2-3-4-5) and the highest straight (A-K-Q-J-10) it can’t wrap around.

 

Does my 3-3-3-A-A Full House beat my opponent’s 8-8-8-K-K?

Nope. When it comes to full houses the highest of the three-of-a-kinds determines the winner. In the example above the full house with three 8s tops the full house with three 3s.

 

Who wins with Four-of-a-Kind on the board?

The player with the highest kicker. For instance if the board is 8-8-8-8-5, you have A-K and your opponent has K-Q, you win. (Your best five-card hand is 8-8-8-8-A, his is 8-8-8-8-K). If the board was 8-8-8-8-A you’d split the pot as the best five-card hand for both of you is 8-8-8-8-A.

 

What’s the difference Between Four-of-a-Kind and “Quads”?

Nothing. They’re exactly the same hand.

 

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Sean Lind 2010-02-22 20:57:36

Bill,

You are correct. In Hold'em it doesn't matter where the cards come from. You have to make the best 5-card hand, regardless of if those cards are from the board or your hand.

Since the best hand was KKK22, all players in the hand split the pot. The only way someone would win this pot would be by holding a pocket pair, or the case king.

barbara 2010-02-21 17:20:51

new to poker, I want know if a staight is on the table, 10,J,Q,K,A, and one player has a Q,3 and the other has 9,9 , who wins

Bill 2010-02-21 17:10:59

I think I have an easy one for you but you wouldn't have thought so last night:
board shows full house kings over 2s
no player had cards to improve that winning hand but that is where the fun started
first a player with a 2 in his hand said that he wins because he can make a full house 2s over kings which I tried to explain still doesn't beat the board but I must have been speaking a different language
then the table tried to say that since he had a 2 of his own he wins because he wouldn't need all five community cards to make his full house
at that point I had enough and folded since in my mind it was going to be a split pot and everyone was still in anyway
thanks in advance for your help even if I am wrong

Sean Lind 2010-02-17 20:46:53

Johnny,

He said "which wins in texas hold em if 4 jacks are on the board with a 6"

that would make the board JJJJ6 (I think you read "with a 6" and though it was JJJJA6?)

Since the board can only be 5 cards, I'm pretty sure the board kicker is the 6, the player with the Ace has the best kicker.

Looks like a simple brain fart, I do it all the time :P

Johnny 2010-02-17 06:45:32

they dont split?

PLayer 2 and 3 also have the nuts with JJJJA since theres on the board cant you use all 5?

Sean Lind 2010-02-16 20:02:41

Phil,

Since you have to make the best 5-card hand:

P1 - JJJJA
P2 - JJJJQ
P3 - JJJJ8

The ace is the best kicker, so player 1 wins with four of a kind jacks, ace kicker.

Phil 2010-02-16 04:50:31

which wins in texas hold em if 4 jacks are on the board with a 6, 1 player has an ace, 1 player has a queen and one player has an 8, who wins?

Sean Lind 2010-02-11 20:36:24

C T,

I'm not sure how to do this calculation. If you google around for some poker math articles you can find some pretty smart math guys who can help you out. This question is beyond me.

Anyone else?

C T 2010-02-11 04:11:07

quick question for any1 who knows odds.
if your at a 8 person table wut are the odds that 2 people have the same pocket hand?? doesnt matter the suits, just to 2 cards that you start with in hold em. i cant fig it out but wud absolutly love it cud some1 help me out. if ya know the odds fer 2-7 ppl tables itd be sweet to know those too.

Sean Lind 2010-02-10 20:37:38

John,

That is correct. You're not allowed to play your first hand at a table in the small blind, or between the blinds and the button. If you're seated there you have to wait until it passes (dealer on your left) to post.

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