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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noodle 2009-04-07 20:04:00

Hello, I'm still in the beginning stages of poker mainly playing NLTH, still have a world to learn. I decided to give PLO HI a try for the first time and thought that the hand rankings generally apply across all the different poker games. Well, below is a hand I had played and thought that my flush Ace high would always beat a straight. Apparently my flush didn't work in this hand. I'm the player listed as "ME". If you have the time to comment, I am most thankful. Please pardon my ignorance if indeed I'm in err.


***** Hand History for Game 57391984403 *****

2,000 PL Omaha - Tuesday, April 07, 13:17:57 EDT 2009

Table Play money 4071452

Seat 9 is the button

Total number of players : 6

Seat 7: Judi555 ( 2,000 )

Seat 8: MaGiC2008 ( 3,965 )

Seat 10: ME ( 933 )

Seat 4: SmokinSupra ( 2,158 )

Seat 5: albundy33333 ( 19,625 )

Seat 9: chickenjack2 ( 25,759.50 )

ME posts small blind [5].

SmokinSupra posts big blind [10].

** Dealing down cards **

Dealt to ME [ Ac 3c 8h Kc ]

albundy33333 calls [10]

Judi555 calls [10]

MaGiC2008 calls [10]

chickenjack2 calls [10]

ME calls [5]

SmokinSupra checks

** Dealing Flop ** [ 3d, 8c, 7c ]

ME checks

SmokinSupra checks

albundy33333 checks

Judi555 bets [10]

MaGiC2008 calls [10]

chickenjack2 calls [10]

ME calls [10]

SmokinSupra calls [10]

albundy33333 calls [10]

** Dealing Turn ** [ Th ]

ME bets [30]

SmokinSupra folds

albundy33333 calls [30]

Judi555 calls [30]

MaGiC2008 calls [30]

chickenjack2 folds

** Dealing River ** [ 6d ]

ME bets [237]

albundy33333 folds

Judi555 calls [237]

MaGiC2008 raises [1,185]

ME is all-In [646]

Judi555 calls [948]

MaGiC2008 shows [ 9c, Ad, 7s, 9s ]a straight Six to Ten.

ME doesn't show [ Ac, 3c, 8h, Kc ]two pairs, Eights and Threes.

Judi555 shows [ 8d, Qh, 9d, 6s ]a straight Six to Ten.

Judi555 wins 302 playchips from the side pot 1 with a straight, Six to Ten.

MaGiC2008 wins 302 playchips from the side pot 1 with a straight, Six to Ten.

Judi555 wins 1,443 playchips from the main pot with a straight, Six to Ten.

MaGiC2008 wins 1,443 playchips from the main pot


Sean Lind 2009-03-27 17:41:00

Aleksandar:
You have to use the best five card hand for each player. Player one in your example is playing the board since the BEST hand they can make is two pair 10-10-4-4 with a 7 kicker.

Player two has a better kicker: 10-10-4-4-A so they win. For player one, this is known as getting counterfeit.

LouLou:
What happened was correct. Only the best 5 card hand you can make will count. If there is a straight on the board 5-6-7-8-9, even if you hold AA you still split the pot with 23.

You didn't get screwed by the players, just by the board.

Loulou 2009-03-27 05:38:00

today i played a hand in texas hold'em where me, and 2 other players had the same straight. I was holding the card of the straight, and an A.... I said that I should win the pot, because I had a kicker, but they said we needed to split it because after the 5th card, it didnt matter. Did i get screwed?

Aleksandar 2009-03-27 03:13:00

Dealer 4 4 10 10 7

pl 1 22
pl 2 A Q who wins ??

Sean Lind 2009-03-17 17:34:00

Bill: A full house is always ranked by the value of the triples. So:

66622 is higher than 333AA

bill kirk 2009-03-15 23:30:00

could youtell me what is the best hand
AA 333 or 666 22 thx

Omer 2009-03-13 05:30:00

I lost once with a Straight flush to a higher Straight flush =[. It hurts.

Sean Lind 2009-03-10 18:02:00

I'm sorry Sean, I really have no idea what you're asking?

Are you saying:

your hand: 5x
your bro: 69
The board: 678910

If that is the case, then it's a split pot, as you both have the best straight. If that's not what you're asking, please format your Q the same way I just did.

sean 2009-03-08 07:51:00

if i have 5,6,7,8,9 and 6,7,8,9,10 and my bro has 9,9 6,6 and 6,7,8,9,10 who wins

Sean Lind 2009-02-28 19:13:00

Hey Sagarika.

Firstly, in all forms of "standard poker" meaning, Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, Razz, Draw, Lowball... any of those, suits do not matter for a winning hand.

This means that a straight flush 5-6-7-8-9 of hearts ties with a straight flush 5-6-7-8-9 of spades.

IN these poker games, suits never matter in the showdown

Just so you know, the poker suit ranking order is alphabetical from worst to best:
Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades.

(It's used for the Bring in Stud)

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