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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sagarika 2009-02-28 09:57:00

1. The ranking of suits is not mentioned specifically .i.e. whether Spade Royal Flush ranks higher or Hearts Royal Flush etc. Ofcourse it Is given that Spade Flush(with Ace) is the highest possible one

2. Similarly whether Spade Ace as High Card ranks higher than Hearts Ace as High
Card .

Sean Lind 2009-02-24 18:41:00

Damion Mitchell, the answer is no. You cannot "wrap" straights in any standard game of poker. Think of straights as being a straight line.

The lowest straight is A-2-3-4-5 and the highest straight is 10-j-q-k-a

everything else is in between.

Sean Lind 2009-02-24 18:36:00

Dani, you use all five cards, so the player with the 7 wins.

hand 1: 22kq7
hand 2: 22kg3

the 7 is higher, so hand 1 wins.

Damion Mitchell 2009-02-24 17:06:00

Can this be a straight

J-Q-K-A-2

Dani 2009-02-24 16:24:00

One player has:
A pair of 2's, a King, a Queen and a 7

and the other player has:
A pair of 2's, a King, a Queen and a 3

It is a draw because they have the same kicker (King)? or the first player wins, because the kicker is King, Queen and 7?

Thanks, I am making a Poker program and I have that doubt.

Sorry for my english

Sean Lind 2009-02-22 00:52:00

don't sweat the multiple posts, it's not hard for me to fix them.

I'm curious as to what you disagree on? the validity of comments, or the split pot scenario?

If it's the comments, then I'm not too worried. I think people know to be weary of random advice from anonymous posters. I do hope they trust my advice at least somewhat though, as I like to think I know what I'm doing most of the time.

Ace "High Card" Mooney 2009-02-21 23:06:00

Sean,
I disagree... (and sorry about the multiple post my pc had a glich) ...

Sean Lind 2009-02-21 18:57:00

Hey Ace, firstly I wanted to say that 99% of all comments I've seen answering questions on this site have been 100% accurate (and that doesn't include all the ones I answer).

Since I'm the one who's in charge of writing all the poker rules articles for the site, I figure my comments are every much as useful as the articles.

Anyways, you're wrong in your answer to Sanold. In fact I gave him the correct answer 1 or two comments below his post.

Both pots are a split pot. The way you are counting the hands is only correct if the player is playing Omaha, since he has only two cards, I have to assume he's playing hold'em. In hold'em you can use just one card (or none) from you hand, meaning both players in both questions have the same hand:
55522

all split pots.

Ace "High Card" Mooney 2009-02-21 14:47:00

Sanold Jan 12, 2009

Who wins the following hands:

dealer: 2 5 5 5 3

P1: 2 2

P2: 6 2
(out come of first hand ) (idiots cant read a question right)
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dealer: 2 5 5 5 Q

P1: 2 2

P2: 6 2
(out come of second hand) (dumb asses and you guys actually win these game by bullying over newbies)

Both players have full houses in each hand.. the question is which hand wins...

Player two wins both hands. The Q (in the 1st hand) and the 3 (in the 2nd hand) are not counted. Player two wins because the 6 is the high card. Higher than the EXTRA 2 in each round.

Player 2, congrats on two winning hands there partner.

Ace "High Card" Mooney 2009-02-21 14:38:00

wow you guys.. some of the hand advice is sooo wrong! Beginners Beware! DO NOT LISTEN to some of these chumps telling you waht hands are better and when there is a split pot or who wins the pot period. If you are playing Hold 'Em then look at a Hold 'Em rules site to get your answers and do not trust the yahoo's on here..lol
i feel sorry for the guys who have lost money listening to the advise found from some online poker guru comment poster.
The only advice or rulings you should go by are the ones posted on official sites (such as this one) and not the commenter.
The rules are simple... The are posted up here for a reason and that is to settle disputes. Go by the ones posted here by the webmaster or find one that has Texas Hold 'Em rules. Easy enough to find, you found this didn't you?

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