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Poker Hand Rankings

11 May 2022
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Phil Lowe 11 May 2022
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  • Learn which poker hands are the best
  • From Royal Flush to single high card, read this guide to poker hand rankings
  • Poker Hands Order (Highest to Lowest)
  • Explanation of Poker Hands
One of the first things you need to learn when playing poker is which poker hands are the best.

It is important to be aware of poker hand rankings. If you don’t know which poker hands are the best, you may end up losing money.

There are ten different poker hands in total, from the highest-ranking Royal Flush to the single high card.

On this page we will tell you about poker hand rankings and which starting hands are the strongest.

Poker Hands Order (Highest to Lowest)

  1. Royal Flush (A, K, Q, J, 10, all of the same suit)
  2. Straight Flush (Five cards in a sequence, all of the same suit)
  3. Four of a Kind (All four cards of the same rank)
  4. Full House (Three of a kind with a pair)
  5. Flush (Five cards of the same suit, but not in a sequence)
  6. Straight (Five cards in a sequence, but not of the same suit)
  7. Three of a Kind (Three cards of the same rank)
  8. Two Pair (Two different pairs of cards)
  9. One Pair (Two cards of the same rank)
  10. High Card (When you do not have any of the hands above, the highest card plays)

Explanation of Poker Hands

Royal Flush: The Royal Flush is the best starting hand in poker as it is unbeatable. Also known as Five of a Kind, this hand contains five cards of one rank, placing it above a Straight Flush. Five of a Kind is only possible when using at least one wild card, as there are only four cards of each rank in the deck. 

Straight Flush: A Straight Flush ranks below Five of a Kind and above Four of a Kind. An ace can rank either high or low under high rules, but can’t rank both high and low simultaneously. Under deuce-to-seven rules, an ace always ranks high. Under ace-to-six low rules, an ace always ranks low. Every Straight Flush is ranked by its highest-ranking card. 

Four of a Kind: Four of a Kind, also known as Quads, is a hand that contains four cards of one rank and one card of another (named the kicker). It ranks below a Straight Flush and above a Full House. Each Four of a Kind is ranked by the rank of its quadruplet, and then by the rank of its kicker. Four of a Kinds that differ by suit alone are of equal rank. 

Full House: A Full House is a hand that contains three cards of one rank and two cards of another. Each is ranked first by the rank of its triplet and then by the rank of its pair. A Full House ranks below Four of a Kind and above a Flush. 

Flush: A Flush contains five cards of all of the same suit, but not of sequential rank. It ranks below a Full House and above a Straight. Each Flush is ranked first by its highest-ranking card, then by its second highest-ranking card, and so on. Flush hands that differ by suit alone are of equal rank. 

Straight: A Straight hand contains five cards of sequential rank, but not all of the same suit. It ranks below a Flush and above Three of a Kind. Each Straight is ranked by its highest-ranking card, while straight hands that differ by suit alone are of equal rank. 

Three of a Kind: Three of a Kind contains three cards of one rank and two other ranks (named the kickers). It ranks below a Straight and above a Two Pair. Each Three of a Kind is ranked by its triplet and then by its highest-ranking kicker. 

Two Pair: Two Pair is a hand that contains two cards of one rank, two cards of another, and one card of a third rank (the kicker). It sits below Three of a Kind and above One Pair. Each Two Pair is ranked by its highest-ranking pair, then by its lowest-ranking pair. Two Pair hands that differ by suit alone rank equally. 

One Pair: One Pair, also known as a Pair, contains two cards of one rank and three cards of three other ranks (the kickers). It ranks below Two Pair and above High Card. Each One Pair is ranked by its pair first, then by its highest-ranking kicker. 

High Card: This is a hand that doesn’t fall into any other category. It ranks below One Pair. Each High Card is ranked by its highest card, and under deuce-to-seven low rules, a seven-five-high hand is the best possible. Under ace-to-five low rules, Straights and Flushes are not possible, making them High Card hands instead.

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