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 2009-08-13 18:24:00

Lauri,

Player 4 wins the hand with a straight: 3-4-5-6-7

Second place would be player 3 with two pair: 5-5-3-3-J

Third place sees Player 1 with one pair: A-A-J-7-5

And player 2, with just a pair of 6's comes in last.

lauri 2009-08-13 05:43:00

Question Hold 'em Pros, who would win this game?

Player 1: A,A
Player 2: 6,9
Player 3: 3,5
Player 4: A,4
Community: 5,J,7,3,6

Sean Lind 2009-08-10 22:50:00

Joseph,

No, it doesn't matter how or when you get the royal flush, just that you had it. You only need to get to a showdown for a "bad beat", but It's impossible not to in that situation any ways.

Just turn over the hand, and receive your prize.

Sean Lind 2009-08-10 22:48:00

Christian,

You should split the pot. You never take suits into account for determining the winning hand in stud.

Joseph 2009-08-09 20:57:00

When playing for money at home poker, we put in 2 extra dollars each for a royal flush pot. Meaning if anyone gets the royal flush they get the pot. what we want to know is that if you have Q-10 (hearts) and the flop comes out Ace (hearts) King (hearts) 8 (clubs). Turn is 9 (clubs) and everyone checks, river is Jack (hearts) and everyone but Q-10 holder folds. Does his royal count? because at a casino once you hit a royal you get an automatic reward. The question i have is does the hand have to be done in a showdown? in order to count? Casino rules.

christian oneil 2009-08-09 02:51:00

i have a question,the other day i was playing 5 card stud with my friend and we both had 2,3,4,5,6 except i had clubs and he had hearts, we split the pot, but would someone win? or was it right to split the pot.

Sean Lind 2009-08-06 18:10:00

Actually Ed it's possible for multiple players to have the same four of a kind in Hold'em.

Board: K-K-K-K-2

Every player with cards here has four of a king, kings. The player with the highest kicker (an ace in their hand) would have the nuts, and win the pot.

Ed 2009-08-06 01:36:00

Unless you have wild cards, which these examples don't, you can't have two players with the same equal four of a kind-so forget the kicker as a dertimination of the winner.

Sean Lind 2009-08-05 17:38:00

Johan,

You always look at all five cards. The way it works is this. You start at the top of the hand, say the pair, and if you don't have a winner, you move down the hand one card at a time.

Board: A-Q-9-6-2

You: A8
Him: A7

Your best hand: AAQ98
His Best hand:AAQ97

In this scenario you both have a pair of aces, so you look to the first kicker. Since you're both using the queen, you move to the second. You're both using the nine, meaning you need to use your final fifth card. Since the 8 is higher than the 7, you win.

If you had AK, you would have had a higher first kicker, so you wouldn't of had to look at the hands past that.

Sean Lind 2009-08-05 17:35:00

Luke,

In your scenario you win. you have a fullhouse:
22244

while your opponent just has two pair:
AA448

The only way your opponent should have won, is if you read the board wrong, and you didn't have a full house.

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