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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Wayne 2012-04-20 12:21:56

Is five of akind a true poker hand with the joker as the wild? Or not...

Bobjenze 2012-04-05 07:41:01

Five of a kind:
King, King, King, King, Ace.
Best five of a kind hand possible

Natalie 2012-04-03 12:02:42

Dave, about your Full House question:
Between two full houses, the one with the higher ranking three cards wins, so 7s 7h 7d 4s 4c defeats 6s 6h 6d As Ac. If two hands have the same three cards (possible in wild card and community card games), the hand with the higher pair wins, so 5h 5d 5s Qh Qc defeats 5c 5d 5s Js Jd

So YOU should have won in your situation. Even if you had community cards, YOUR THREE cards were higher than the other persons.

Seabass 2012-03-31 07:37:00

Player 1: 6,6,A,Q,9
Player 2: 9,9,7,7,A

The pot was split $9.3 for Player 1 and $18.6 for Player 2. Can you help with this one?

Thanks.

Dave 2012-03-26 21:10:02

If you have 3 of a kind in a full house that is higher than the 3 of a kind in another does that automatically win or does the accompanying pair win if higher than all. eg: 55533 or 333AA. which wins. It happened tonight and on second thought i was wondering did i really lose although 3 5's were higher than 3 3's but the 2 A's were higher than my accompanying 2 3's
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GnosticDream 2012-03-19 13:22:41

Kashish; Flush wins over 3 of a kind. There is no such thing as 3 pairs. Remember; the only cards that matter are your five best, the last two does not count at the end when hand is shown.

If you have played "real" original poker, you are given five cards, and you play only with those. texas holdem is the same, but you manipulate 7 cards at the end, while only 5 cards is counted. It is the 5 best out of those 7 that counts.

I am explaining to much because Im probably not returning an answer to you ;)

Hope that helps.

kashish 2012-03-18 09:26:13

which hand wins !!! flush or 3 pairs ????

John 2012-03-11 18:42:12

Which hane wins? A higher Flush or a lower flush / straight in the same hand?

Poker Guy 2012-03-10 17:51:32

Suit doesn't matter in texas hold em,
Luis- player 2 wins because of kicker, there's not such hand as a 3 pair,
Sunil- the two players split the pot
Areli- the guy with the highest card wins
Dexter- 3kings2tens wins, in a fullhouse, the higher 3 of a kind wins

Jack 2012-02-27 19:34:07

Your best possible one-pair hand example is not correct... a pair of Ace's Hearts and Diamonds would be worth more. The color values from top down are Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, Clubs

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