Poker Hand Ranking

Seven Card Stud

Not sure what beats what in poker?

Check below for a list of all poker hands ranked from best to worst.

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.

 

 

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 Hand 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.

Who wins if two players have a Royal Flush?

It’s impossible for two players to have a Royal Flush in No-Limit Hold’em. It’s possible in other games though, in which case you just chop the pot.

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.

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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Angie 2014-10-31 23:37:33

Does 2 pairs beat 3 of a kind?

js 2014-10-29 13:39:07

dodie: An A plays as an A or a 1 in a low straight. Your hand is not a straight.

chris 2014-10-29 01:33:24

Dave-in my understanding of hold-em, top five cards determine the pot. Since the 5,6,7,8,9 stand as the top five cards, with no flush, it would be a split pot with anyone still playing, unless someone had the 10 for the higher str8...

dodie 2014-10-28 22:23:57

Is4,5,6,7,A a straight

Paul 2014-10-28 21:34:57

"If there are three 3s, an ace, and another card on the table, and I have an ace and someone else has pocket 8s, who wins?"

You win with the Full House Threes full of Aces, the other guy loses with the Full House Threes full of Eights. This article did not make it clear that in the event both players share in the trips of the Full House, that the winner is determined by who holds the higher pair. I noticed the omission when reading.

Paul 2014-10-28 20:35:45

Great article, but it IS possible for two or more players to share a Royal Flush: when it falls on the board (roughly 1:649,739 hands).

js 2014-10-22 00:32:42

Lo: See a doctor and get rid of it.

Lo 2014-10-18 09:07:25

Me and my opponent have same cards what so we do

jean 2014-10-13 21:54:02

ace is an ace in a high low game can you play an ace either wayjQuery111005822624519933015_1413249841342?

js 2014-10-11 16:42:11

fisher: You have A A 3 3 X. Someone else has 8 8 3 3 X. I'm going to assume your unidentified cards do not improve anyone's hand. There is one more card comming on the flop. If it's an 8, "someone else" wins with a full house. As it stands, the A A 3 3 X appears to be ahead.

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