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