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The Poker Hands

The ranking of poker hands is common between all games, and is the basis of every poker game. A standard poker hand is made up of five cards from a single deck. If you're unaware of the rankings of poker hands, it's essential that you learn before playing in a real casino. Other players at the table will know far too much about you if you reveal that you're unaware of the basic rankings. To learn why poker hands are ranked the way they are, read our poker odds page.

Playing poker online relieves you of this burden however. There is nobody there to read your poker face, and you can keep a list of the hand rankings beside you on paper for quick reference. If you like, print out the list of ordered poker hands below. The list shows poker hand rankings from strongest to weakest.

Ranking of Poker Hands

Royal flush
Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit. This is the highest possible straight flush. All royal flushes are equal, and one suit does not beat another.

Straight flush
Five cards of the same suit in sequence. For example: 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5 of clubs. A straight flush headed by the highest card wins.

Four of a kind
Four cards of the same rank and one other card.

Full house
Thee cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. The highest ranking three of a kind wins if two full houses compete.

Any five cards of the same suit. Between two or more flushes, the one with the highest card wins. In the case of the same high card, the second highest card wins.

Any five cards in sequence, where all cards are not of the same suit. The highest headed straight wins.

Three of a kind
Three cards of the same rank and two other unmatched cards.

Two pair
Two cards of one rank, two cards of a second rank, and one other unmatched card. In the case of two players having two pair, the highest pair wins. If the high pair are tied, the second pair determines the winner, and in the case of yet another tie, the high single card wins.

One pair
Two cards of the same rank and three unmatched cards. The highest pair wins, in the case of a tie the highest unmatched card wins.

High card
All cards of different ranks, not all of the same suit.