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 2009-06-11 18:17:00

Hey Joe:

Board: J Q 8 7 A
Player 1: 5 2
Player:2: 4 3

For the Low:
Player 1: 8-7-5-2-A
Player 2: 8-7-4-3-A

Since you always count from the top down for a Low in O8, Player 2 wins (4 is lower than 5).

Joe Romine 2009-06-11 04:29:00

Please settle this argument. Game=Omaha-Low 8

Player 1: 5 2
Player:2: 4 3

Board: J Q 8 7 A

Who wins?
Thank you. :-)

Sean Lind 2009-06-06 18:56:00

Pierre,

In your example, player 1 wins because he has two pair:

Player 1: 9 9 7 7 J
Player 2: 9 9 J 7 5

You only split if all five cards are the same. So if player one had 9,2 then it would be a split, since both players would have 9 9 J 7 5

Pierre 2009-06-06 01:49:00

Hi Sean,

So if it was,

Player 1: 7,9
Player 2: 3,9

Board: J 9 2 5 7

is this a split or does Player 1win? Is the 7 count as a kicker, or is it too low which results in a split...

Sean Lind 2009-06-05 18:44:00

Hey Pierre,

Both players have a pair of 9's, but player 1 has a higher kicker.

Best 5 card hands:

Player1: 9 9 10 7 5
Player2: 9 9 7 5 3

Player 1 wins.

Pierre 2009-06-04 22:45:00

Who wins?

Board: J 9 2 5 7

Player1: 10, 9
Player2: 3, 9

Sean Lind 2009-06-02 17:34:00

Hey Dave,

What happened was your flopped fullhouse got counterfeit.

You have to make the best 5 card hand possible. The best hand you can make is four of a kind (sixes) with an eight kicker.

You: 66668
Him: 6666A

Since the ace is higher than your 8, he wins with a higher kicker.

Unlucky, but not an error.

Dave Gilbert 2009-06-02 14:01:00

I have always believed that a pocket pair should hold over a a hand with 2 rag cards ie A7 or K4 however in a recent game i was dealt pocket 8"s the flop came and it showed 866 another 6 came on the turn and the river resulting in 86666 i then lost the hand to an A7 even though all he was holding was A high nothing against a pair/full house which under your winning hands above shows the A7 is the low hand, is this a gliche in the game as it leaves the door open for a table royal flush to be beaten by a much lower hand, at very least i feel the pot should have been split on the basis no one was holding a higher hand than the quad 6's.
this is not the first time i have witnessed the unfairness of a system that awards the worst starting hand the prize, if we follow your chart my 88 beats his A7 except in the above scenario

Jackson Heights 2009-05-31 04:07:00

In regards to Felipe's question on two players with flushes, the player who holds the highest ranked hole card between the two players wins.

For example:

A: 10h 5h
B:7h 6h

Board: Ah Qh Jh X X

Player A wins. The determining card doesn't have to the 2nd highest ranked card.

marc 2009-05-30 22:44:00

i thought a full house beat a strait flush. Who knew?

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