Poker Hand Rankings

Not sure what poker hand you’re holding or how poker hands are ranked?

See our poker hand ranking chart below of all poker hands ranked from best to worst.

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These are standard hand rankings for most poker games and apply to all high-hand poker variations including Texas Hold'em, Omaha and Stud.

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 ranking.

Poker Hands Ranked Highest to Lowest

Hand TypeExampleExplanation
Royal Flush A hearts A K hearts K Q hearts Q J hearts J 10 hearts 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 spades 9 8 spades 8 7 spades 7 6 spades 6 5 spades 5 Any straight with all five cards of the same suit.
Four of a Kind 4 clubs 4 4 spades 4 4 hearts 4 4 diamonds 4 K hearts 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 hearts A A spades A A clubs A K spades K K hearts 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 spades A 10 spades 10 7 spades 7 6 spades 6 2 spades 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 clubs 5 4 diamonds 4 3 spades 3 2 hearts 2 A hearts 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 hearts A A spades A A clubs A K spades K Q hearts 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 spades A A hearts A K hearts K K spades K Q diamonds 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 hearts A A clubs A K hearts K Q spades Q J diamonds J Any two cards of the same rank. Our example shows the best possible one-pair hand.
High Card A hearts A K hearts K Q diamonds Q J clubs J 9 spades 9 Any hand not in the above-mentioned hands. Our example shows the best possible high-card hand.

These are standard hand rankings for most poker games and apply to all high-hand poker variations including Texas Hold'em, Omaha and Stud.

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 ranking.

Poker Hands Ranked Highest to Lowest

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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.

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Bob
2020-08-03 01:40:37

Hello all… question, please…

The board shows unsuited AKQ43. Player A has 109, Player B has 108. Does player A win with 10 & 9 in play as high cards, beating Player B’s 10 & 8 in play? Just wanted to be sure that both pocket cards are in play as high cards and not just one of the hold cards as a single kicker.

Thanks!

Debbie from PokerListings
2020-08-11 14:19:50

Hey Bob, the winner will be the player with the higher kicker – so T9

Peter
2020-07-18 14:11:31

What wins when all players have a flush on the river? Is it a split pot or does it go to next best / highest run or card?

Debbie from PokerListings
2020-07-20 07:52:02

Hey Peter,
The player with the highest flush would win. Example Ace high flush beats King high flush – and so on.

t hesher
2019-12-12 00:56:47

7 card stud
each player has 2 pair
jacks and 4
9 and 7
who wins

Arved Klöhn
2019-12-12 11:36:51

When comparing 2 two-pair hands the better high pair always win. In this case the player with Jacks and Fours wins the pot because Jacks are higher than Nines.

Lucas
2017-10-10 09:50:22

Andrew AA IS BIGGER U WIN

Andrew
2017-10-10 04:40:11

If i have AA and 44 and my friend has 66 and 1010 who wins?

Lucas
2017-10-05 04:51:21

I need help plz pair of 5 and 3 straight 10 J Q beat 2 3 4 8 A

Thomas Buehler
2017-09-20 15:25:17

Does a hand of 3 kings a 3 and a7 beat a Two pair of two aces two eights and a 2 in high card poker.???

Kevin Stemple
2017-08-26 14:35:21

Split

Kevin Stemple
2017-08-26 14:34:56

Troll

Kevin Stemple
2017-08-26 14:34:39

There is no such thing as a small straight. You have to have all 5 in a row

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