Poker Hands Ranked Highest to Lowest
There are standard poker hand rankings for most poker games and those apply to all high-hand poker variations. No matter if you are playing Texas Hold'em, Omaha or Stud you will see that the poker hands ranking order stays the same. In the table below you can see all poker hands sorted from highest to lowest regardless if you play cash games or tournament poker.
You'll find a printable poker hand rankings chart below the hand rankings as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about poker hands and poker hand rankings.
|Royal Flush||A A K K Q Q J J 10 10||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||9 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 5 5||Any straight with all five cards of the same suit.|
|Four of a Kind||4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 K K||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||A A A A A A K K K K||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||A A 10 10 7 7 6 6 2 2||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||5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 A A||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||A A A A A A K K Q Q||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||A A A A K K K K Q Q||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||A A A A K K Q Q J J||All two cards with the same value are equal to one pair. Our example shows the best possible one pair hand.|
|High Card||A A K K Q Q J J 9 9||Any hand not in the above-mentioned hands. Our example shows the best possible high-card hand.|
Printable Poker Hand Rankings Chart
Want a copy of the sheet with all the poker hands ranked? Print out our Poker Hand Rankings PDF. By having a physical copy of the poker hand chart, you can always be sure that you know the poker hand rankings. This chart is especially useful when practicing online, as you can have it right next to you rather than having a extra tab open while playing online.
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Quick Overview of What Beats What in Poker
When you first start playing poker, it can seem a little overwhelming when it comes to understanding what beats what. So first of all, it is important that you have a basic understanding of the order of the poker hands. Once you know the basics, we can look at some of the common scenarios where a specific poker hand beat another.
Check out our list with what beats what in poker down bellow:
- A Royal Flush beats all other hands in poker, Straight Flush and worse.
- Straight Flush beats Four of a Kind and worse.
- Four of a Kind beats Full House and worse.
- Full House beats Flush and worse.
- Flush beats Straight and worse.
- Straight beats Three of a Kind and worse.
- Three of a Kind beats Two Pairs and worse.
- Two Pairs beats one pair and worse.
- One Pair beats High Card.
What Beats What in Poker Calculator
If you are in the middle of a hand and has a hard time figure out which poker hand wins the pot, go to our Which Poker Hand Wins Calculator. Just plug in your cards, your opponent's card and the board cards, hit the button and it will tell you exactly which player has the winning poker hand! Also remember you can check our poker hand rankings FAQs.
Poker Hand Rankings FAQ
Does a straight beat a flush?No. This is one of the most common misconceptions in poker. In Texas Holdem 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 poker hand is 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 in poker is ranked the highest?In virtually all poker games, suits don’t count. Spades aren’t better than hearts, clubs aren’t higher than diamonds, etc. If you have the same poker hand as your opponent but in different suits you simply split the pot. This misconception is from other games where suits do matter.
Are Poker Hand Rankings different for other poker games?Actually, yes. For the main poker variations - Texas Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, 5-Card Draw - hand rankings are the same. But for split games - Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud Hi-Lo - half of the pot is awarded to the lowest hand. For lowball games like 2-7 Triple Draw and Razz only the lowest hand will win the pot. Straights and flushes don't count in Razz while in 2-7 they actually count against you.
How are hands ranked in 3-Card Poker?3-Card Poker is a casino table game and, while it does have the name 'poker' in its title, it isn't exactly the same game. The poker hand rankings used are the same as in standard poker variations with a major exception - straights and flushes are reversed. That means in 3-Card Poker a straight BEATS a flush.
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 is a Four-Flush in poker?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?If both players have the same pair, the highest non-matched cards (the "kicker') are compared to determine the winner. If both players have the same high card, the next highest cards are compared. If both players have the exact same pair AND the exact same kicker cards, the pot is split.
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.