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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Sean Lind 2008-12-23 17:40:00

Ben!!!, in texas hold'em suits ranking order never comes into play, meaning in your example you will split the pot.

(ok Never isn't really correct, as you will use suits to highcard for a dealer, or chip race. But that's it)

Ben!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2008-12-23 08:21:00

ok so here is the situation:

Dealer: 2 3 7 J J

P1: J 5(club)
P2: J 5(spade)

do we split the pot or does the pot go to player to because spade beats club??

we are playing texas hold 'em

FD 2008-12-17 02:31:00

Steve: Two identical four of a kinds are possible if more than one deck is being used

Sean Lind 2008-12-12 00:15:00

steve: if the board is KKKKA then the absolute best possible hand is four of a kind kings, with an ace kicker. Meaning all players split the pot.

If the board is KKKK2 whomever has the highest card will win with four of a kind kings (x) kicker.

If both player have an ace intheir hand, again, it's a chopped pot.

steve 2008-12-11 19:36:00

this article is wrong, or i'm wrong, explain how it is possible for more than one person to have the same 4 of a kind? it says the kicker will decide..... am i just being stupid?

Sean Lind 2008-12-11 17:35:00

Vic, if both players have the SAME straight, such as 5-6-7-8-9, and the straight is the best hand, they split the pot.

vic 2008-12-11 02:39:00

both p have a the same Straight its a split?
or thres a way to be the only winner?

Thunder 2008-12-09 12:34:00

kase: both players got 99977 full house, split.

kase 2008-12-07 02:11:00

hey, i am confused about "split pots"
heres and example

board
99277

hand one
9, 4

hand two
9, 3
would this be a split pot? Thanks

Sean Lind 2008-12-05 17:53:00

Brad, any game using a wildcard is going to be using a custom rule set, so really it's up to whomever's game it is. But typically a 5 of a kind beats a straight flush, as it's statistically harder to achieve. In fact, a five of a kind beats all straight flushes including a Royal flush.

Unless I'm mistaken, stats wise 5 of a kind is just as unlikely as a Royal Flush as you have to use 5 specific cards to make the hand, while if you have a 4 card straight flush, you have two cards that can come to complete it (assuming it doesn't dead-end on the bottom), making it slightly (and I mean slightly) more likely than a royal or five of a kind.

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