Poker Hand Rankings | Poker Hand Ranking PDF


Not sure about the official poker hand rankings?

Check below for a chart of all poker hands ranked from best to worst. These are standard for all poker sites 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 poker hand ranking questions.

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Poker Hand Rankings 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."


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.


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.

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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 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’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).


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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.


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. 

See the proper hand rankings for Razz Poker here.


Which are the poker hand rankings for 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. See the full rules for 3-Card Poker here.


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 2010-04-05 20:02:19


As long as you're playing so that wild cards can be anything you want them to be (this is how almost everyone uses wild cards, including me) then you win.

She has a jack-high flush, you have an Ace (joker) high flush.

Typically only a natural straight flush will beat a joker straight flush, other than that a joker is just as valuable as the actual card.

Sean Lind 2010-04-05 19:59:31


You have to make a full five-card hand:

You: 44KJ6
Him: 44KQJ

He wins, with better kickers.

Bedoy 2010-04-05 13:47:56

Ok friendly poker game w family on Easter turned disaster: were playing with wild cards!!!! I have a joker and make my flush, my sister also makes a flush; no wilds who wins ??? I have (wild, 9) she has (7,J) making both flushes !!!! Who wins???? My (A) flush??? Or natural flush 7-J?

James Johnson 2010-04-04 06:58:48

Pretty awesome presentation in a nice graphical view, I'm sure it's been helping millions of people to understand poker hand ranking for even online casino.

shaun 2010-04-04 06:01:22

i had k5 he had kQ shown was 44j36 do we split cause its both 4's king high or do you play a second kicker

Sean Lind 2010-03-29 20:36:57


Three of a kind always beats two pair, you lost.

sergio 2010-03-28 19:08:31

if someone has a hand of 3,3,3,6,10 and i have 7,7,2,2,A which is the winning hand?

Sean Lind 2010-03-24 19:34:53


The 6-high straight flush is the winners. An ace has to be either high OR low, it can't be both. If you're using the ace to play the straight flush, then it's low, meaning your straight flush is 5-high. If you use the ace as high, you only have a flush, not a straight flush.

You should have won.

ace 2010-03-24 06:56:59

Is a straight flush wheel ranked higher than straight flush? I was playing JH 6H and player 2 had a AH X the board ended up 3H 4H 5h X 2H. Although I had the 6high straight flush I was told the wheel counted as an ace high straight flush. Was that correct?

Sean Lind 2010-03-22 18:59:16


Print out this page, and then the three articles in the rules section:


Texas Hold'em Rules and Game Play

Texas Holdem Betting Rules: No-Limit, Limit and Pot-Limit

Texas Holdem Tournament Rules

those together will give you just about all the information you will ever need.

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