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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jill schaffer 2013-02-07 08:41:26

Does 5 of a kind beat a Royal Straight Flush with wild cards?

Dorothy Williams 2013-02-04 16:04:55

The dealer have 5,6.7.8.9 all diamonds i have 5 cards 7.8.9.10.J
not of the same suite

Bob 2013-02-02 17:55:55

What is higher a six card straight with a pair of tens
Or a full house

chally 2013-01-31 05:00:36

I play a 5-10 home game. One of the games we play is "Lowest Hand Wins." I had 2-3-4-5-10. My opponent had 2-4-5-6-7. I thought I had won, but was shouted down by everyone else, saying my 10 was higher than my opponent's 7, thus my opponent's hand was lower. I thought that since my hand went 2-3 and my opponent's went 2-4, any card after that in each of our hands were negated, and even though my highest card was a 10 and my opponent's was a 7, I was a winner? Please explain why I lost???

Lex 2013-01-26 13:12:23

@Alycia: The pot should not have been "split". If there were three people at the table with pairs (e.g. YOU = Q Q - Player 2 = A A - Player 3 = 10 10) Player 2 should win the pot outright. It doesn't matter if everyone at the table has a pair, the HIGHEST pair wins, and Aces are the highest pair. The pair of 10's and your Queen pair should have gotten nothing. If the two split the pot, than either it was a glitch, or both had A,A+10,10 and you didnt realize it.

Alycia 2013-01-22 10:51:19

No :( first deal, I have two queens. I only remember the ace and the ten that was dealt but for kicks lets say that the five cards that were dealt were a king, nine, three, ten, and ace. Winner A has an ace and a four. Winner B has a ten and a two. Therefore making three pairs at the table, thus three winners ultimately, if you are going to split the pot

Dave 2013-01-22 10:39:52

Alycia...All you had from the table was a pair of Queens and an Ace kicker. The guys who split the pot each had an Ace and a Ten in their hands, and with the Ace and Ten on the table they had 2 pairs - pair Aces and pair Tens... you had a pair of Queens... therefore you lost

Alycia 2013-01-22 09:52:26

Please do not test my intelligence, I am not ignorant. If you properly read what I wrote, you would see that the pot was split with aces and tens, and I wanted to know why the tens won over my queens

PokerGuy 2013-01-21 00:05:55

Alycia, A pair of aces is better than one pair of queens. Zynga is full of retards, and clearly you are one of them. Please do your self a favour, never play poker for real money or you will lose a ton.

Alycia 2013-01-20 19:53:17

Ok so I'm playing Internet poker (zynga) and the table (from the part that angered me) was this. I drew two queens. The five cards that were dealt were three cards that I didn't need to pay attention to, a ten and an ace. So by my calculations I still have apart of queens. However the two people who shared the pot had a pair of aces (if he had only won I would have been ok, that makes sense) and a pair of tens, leaving me with nothing. How is ten higher than queen? And this isn't the first time the game has wrongly awarded money while I've been playing, but this one just happened and royally ticked me off to the point of rage quitting. Thanks

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