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.

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Poker Hands Ranked 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."


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.


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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tansukoksal 2009-05-28 19:29:00


Sean Lind 2009-05-26 17:41:00


If the best five card hand is on the board, everyone with cards split the pot.

Damir 2009-05-26 09:19:00

If there is a royal flush on the field for example: 10 j q k a all diamonds who wins? does everyone split the pot or does the next highest card win?

laforce 2009-05-18 00:24:00

Sean, i think had rote this example in situation nr 5 (Ax). But you are right, my "7 hands" had to be something like 7 types of hands

brady 2009-05-17 20:21:00

paul, 10101099 would win, three of a kind ranks first in full house

paul 2009-05-17 19:58:00

if i have a full house of
ten ten ten 99
and other guy has
999 - QQ

which wins?


Sean Lind 2009-05-12 17:39:00

laforce, any hand with an ace beats him A2-AA. So there are a few more than seven, but those are indeed all possible scenarios of him being beat.

Sean Lind 2009-05-12 17:37:00


You say

Board: A-9-J-A-3
You: KK


The only explanation is that you're mistaken. your KK beats any hand with a J, other than JJ or AJ. Chances are they had AJ and won with "Full House, Aces and Jacks". And you only saw the "Aces and Jacks" part of it.

99.9999% of the time the answer is that the player is simply mistaken, if you actually did win, you need the hand history to prove it.

laforce 2009-05-12 16:37:00

oeps, there are 7hands that could beat you, so i think i missed a number somewhere :)

laforce 2009-05-12 16:25:00

poss senario's:

1) bord: A9JA3
you: KK (2pair AAKKJ)
p2: AA (for of a kind AAAAJ)
you lose

2) bord A9JA3
you: KK (2pair AAKKJ)
p2: A with (9,J,3) (full house AAA/99,JJ,33)
you lose

2) bord A9JA3
you: KK (2pair AAKKJ)
p2: JJ (full house JJJAA)
you lose

3) bord A9JA3
you: KK (2pair AAKKJ)
p2: 99 (full house 999AA)
you lose

4) bord A9JA3
you: KK (2pair AAKKJ)
p2: 33 (full house 333AA)
you lose

5) bord A9JA3
you: KK (2pair AAKKJ)
p2: Ax (three of a kind AAAkicker)
you lose

6) bord A9JA3
you: KK (2pair AAKKJ)
p2: (flush)
you lose

7) All outher senario's YOU WIN
(2pair AAKKJ)

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