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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Dexter 2012-12-02 15:02:12

Question

Doesn't a two pair sometimes beat 3 of a kind if the pair is an ace or something high?

I saw it happen in a game.

James 2012-12-02 00:57:35

@Nelsoninco: Your hand is: KK 1010 7, your opponents is KK 1010 A. Your opponent wins with the highest kicker.

cHAD: Player 2, A is a higher kicker than K. You don't check further kickers after that.

cHAD 2012-11-26 14:14:03

Who wins:

Player 1: Q.Q.K.J.10
Player 2: Q.Q.A.J.3

Help. 2012-11-22 22:54:09

5 card draw. We both have two pairs. Kickers are 7 &9. J is the 5 card. Do we use our individual kicker. Or split the pot. Chop. Chop?

Nelsoninco 2012-11-20 20:18:42

I had a pair of 6's and person I am playing has A and 3. Than on the board there is 7 K K 10 10. Who wins?

blass 2012-11-20 13:54:14

@wade the 88 would be high... use them instead of 22 and it wins

Wade 2012-11-19 16:22:04

Which hand wins: First hand is K 5 second hand is 8 8
The board is A 9 9 2 2 no flush possibility
Or is this a split pot.

Chris 2012-11-15 09:13:58

Some of these questions are baffling. QQQ44 would beat an AA444 because there are 3 queens vs 3 fours. IN the example John they didn't do a 10 because that would NOT be a high card it would have been a straight.

Lady soso 3 8s beats the 3 fours.....if it's two full houses who has a better hand.

Edmond Alla the 6s play in your example. You need to remember its the BEST FIVE CARDS. So if your friend had K5 and the board had K5 but paired the 6s trumps the pair of 5s and now its a split pot because you both have KK66 and the ace is on the board meaning that is the highest kicker, therefore its a split pot

lady soso 2012-11-05 08:04:52

hi which hand is win
88844 JJ444
please any body answer

Lucinda 2012-11-04 16:45:24

All players have a full house with the same cards but each of the players have two cards. the cards are different. One players cards match the cards in the full house another players cards one matches the full house and the other card does not match anything and is a ten. The third players card matches one of the cards in the full house and the other card does not match anything. Does the player who has all matches win.

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