Poker Hand Ranking | Poker Hand Ranking PDF


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.

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 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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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).


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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. 

See the proper hand rankings for Razz Poker here.


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. 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.


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..

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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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blindsided 2008-08-11 17:41:00

player A has a fullhouse three 2's and a pair of Queens , player B has three 5's and a pair of two's who wins ??

Over 2008-08-10 08:49:00

Hi, i am dumbfounded by this:

P1: 8,8

P2: 9,9

P3: K,Q

Community Cards: A,A,A,5,Q

Is it a split pot amongst the 3 players??

brad 2008-08-09 01:26:00

bruce it is a straight

brad 2008-08-09 01:24:00

most of these questionsthe awnser is that payer 1/2 has a higher kicker gee
so if the board is
8s Jh Kd Qd Qs
player1 Qh 7h
player2 qc 9h

player 2 won because ithad a higher kicker(number/letter card)
A can be counted as one or 14 witch is abuv the king

felipe, its not correct
if two ppl have the same card win ( 2pair 1pair flush ect.) then whoever has the highest second card wins

Sean Lind 2008-08-08 22:45:00

just wondering really here. how does a double queen beat one pair.

Board:8c 9d jc 2s 4h
player 1 : qs qd
player 2 : kd jh

Here player two is playing a pair of Jacks:
While Player one has a Pair of Queens:

You make the best 5 card hand, it doesn't matter what cards you use (your own or the board) just the final best hand.

another request
have to know why player 1 wins

Board: js 2h jc 3d 4s
player 1: 6h ks
player 2: 10c qc

You both have the same category hand (a pair of jacks) your kicker is Queen high (Js-Jc-Qc-10c-4s) while Player 1 has a kicker King high (Js-Jc-Ks-6h-4s)

If you just look at the top three cards you'll see
Js-Jc-Qc vs. Js-Jc-Ks

Count your hands from top down, when there is a difference, that's where you choose a winner. If the third best card was the same you'd go on to the fourth. If all 5 cards are the same, then you chop the pot. Hope that helps

gee 2008-08-08 21:51:00

sorry another request
have to know why player 1 wins

dealers hand
js 2h jc 3d 4s

player 1
6h ks

player 2
10 c qc

because i was player 2

gee 2008-08-08 21:46:00

just wondering really here. how does a double queen beat one pair.

dealers hand
8c 9d jc 2s 4h

player 1
qs qd

player 2
kd jh

Archwel 2008-08-07 16:36:00

The rules of Holdem state that its the best 5 card hand. you must play five cards. in the event of a tie it goes the the kickers. not the highest single kicker but all playable kickers.i.e the best 5 cards.

In the scrnario with the A9 vs the A7 and the 88 on the board the hand is decided by the 5th card.

Both players have 8-8-A-K-x

but Player one has 8-8-A-K-9
and player 2 has a best hand of 8-8-A-K-7

so player one wins.

if the board had another card higher than 9. i.e 8-8-K-J-7

then it woudl be a tie with both players having the best possible five card hand with 8-8-A-K-J

The same issue come up with flushes when both players have a flush with the Ace on the board. Both have an Ace high flush but the second highest card of the suit plays to make the winning hand.

kerry 2008-08-03 14:39:00

Okay here is my scenario....
*note - there is no flush in this hand for either players*

Player 1 A-9
Player 2 A-7

Table K-6-8-8-4

Player 1 (best 5) 8-8-9-K-A
Player 2 (best 5) 8-8-7-K-A

Here is the question, they both have a pair of 8's with an Ace kicker. The only differance between the hands is the 9 and 7. So do they push for the pair of 8's and the Ace kicker OR does the 9 and 7 decide the winner even though they are both lower than the Ace kicker? (need help fast, a fight almost broke out over this one) Thanks!

player one wins with a pair of A's and 9's

Sean Lind 2008-08-01 17:17:00


Player 1 A-9
Player 2 A-7

Table K-6-8-8-4

Player 1 (best 5) 8-8-9-K-A
Player 2 (best 5) 8-8-7-K-A

The kicker plays. Because the 9 beats the board, meaning it's higher than the 6 and the 4 it is used in the hand (just like you listed in your best 5's). It plays, and player 1 is the winner of the whole pot.

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