Poker Hand Rankings

Seven Card Stud

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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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BubbaDan 2008-06-01 19:53:00

Hey guys, after re-reading these questions, i have realized something, even though Hold-Em has 7 cards, you only get to use 5. Pick the 5 that make you the best hand and go from there. Always compare each hand to the 5th card. Flushes almost never split pot. If the board had
A Q 7 5 3 of spades, and noone has a spade down, it's a split, but all it takes to beat the board is a 4s or higher, because it would beat the 3 on the board. If one person had the 2, it's still a split.

I recommend the following:
Any book by Doyle Brunson;
Any book by Dan Harrington;
the DVD "Poker for dummies" hosted by Moneymaker is an AWESOME starter for most of the questions I've seen here, and only costs $12.00 or so.

Enjoy your games, we play every Friday night at my house, and most of us are in a casion playing every month or so as well.

(I even got a professional Hold'Em table in the basement. We call it out Poker Room)

BubbaDan 2008-06-01 19:18:00

Hogan, if the first pair ties, then it goes to the second pair. it only goes to the kicker if the second pair also ties. if the first pair second pair AND kicker all tie, you split.

Sean Lind 2008-05-21 17:31:00

Hey John, the hand you're talking about (a straight to the Ace 10-J-Q-K-A... it's nickname is Broadway).

It's the best possible straight. In Hold'em it's a very strong hand, but is beaten by any flush or full house.

If the board has no pair, and no three cards of one suit, it's the nuts... the best hand you can have.

If the board does have a pair, or three, four, or five cards of a suit it loses value. So you'll have to play it keeping that in mind.

If you're playing Omaha instead of hold'em, It's even more important to be careful if the board has the pair or suited cards.

John 2008-05-21 12:17:00

ok How strong is this hand or is it not at all.

A 10 J Q K - Mixed suit

I thought that this hand should be a very good hand to have but my friend said that it would be beaten by a full house. Is that right?

jason 2008-05-19 19:59:00

remember a strate flush with ace k q j 10 is the best hand

Guy Johnson 2008-05-17 13:16:00

Nate: Look at all five cards in flush. If the highest card ties, it's the 2nd card that determine winner. If the 2nd card ties, it's the 3rd card etc

Cav: 99933 > AA333

Hogan: if board is q 8 10 k 10, then 9 9 > A 8 (pick 5 best cards each player has. If highest pair ties, then 2nd pair determines winner.)

Mark: kkkjj > jjjAA

shintle and jonzee: if board is KS JS 10S 9S 5S, then QS > 7S (You guys playing in same game???)

Guido: Look at all five cards in flush. If the highest card ties, it's the 2nd card that determine winner. If the 2nd card ties, it's the 3rd card etc

nate 2008-05-08 10:27:00

on an ace high flush on the board does it matter who has the next highest card

cav 2008-04-27 16:02:00

If I had AA333 and another guy had 99933 which full house wins.

Hogan 2008-04-22 07:30:00

Hey guys! I'm pretty up to date on poker nut last week I had something that I never run into. on the board was.....
Q 8 10 K 10
I had A 8 and the guy that said he beat me had 9 9.
Now my question that when you have two pair I thought that as long as you have the same high pair no matter what the second pair is it comes down to your kicker because two pair is two pair if you have the same high pair. I thought I was supposed to win because I carried A kicker?

mark 2008-04-18 05:12:00

which wins.
jack jack jack ace ace
king king king jack jack

this is a holdem game with two jacks and one king on the board.
i hold an ace and jack. he holds 2 kings.

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