POKER HAND RANKINGS
The best hand you can get in poker is a Royal Flush. The next best hand is a straight flush and on down the line. This page shows a listing of the hands you can get in poker, with the best hand listed first and decreasing hands listed from there. When playing poker, the best hand wins the pot at showdown.
Poker Hand Ranks (from best hand to worst)
Click the link to jump to the explanation for each hand.
1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a Kind
4. Full House
7. Three of a Kind
8. Two Pair
9. One Pair
10. High Card
Royal Flush – The best possible hand. Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit.
Straight Flush – A straight flush is a straight (5 cards in order, such as 7-8-9-10-J) that are all of the same suit. As in a regular straight, you can have an ace either high (A-K-Q-J-T) or low (A-2-3-4-5). You can not use the Ace in a wraparound and example would be K-A-2-3-4, which is not a straight.
Eight High Straight Flush
Full House – A full house is a three of a kind and a pair, such as K-K-K-2-2. When there are two full houses the tie is broken by the three of a kind. An example would be J-J-J-5-5 would beat 9-9-9-A-A. If for some reason the three of a kind cannot determine the victor then you go to the pair to decide (this would only happen in a game with wild cards).
Full House – Tens over Eights
Queen High Flush
Straight – Five cards in rank order, but not of the same suit (it can be any combination of the four suits). An example of a straight is 2-3-4-5-6. The Ace can either be high or low card, either A-2-3-4-5 or 10-J-Q-K-A. Wraparounds are not allowed (an example being K-A-2-3-4). When two straights tie, the highest straight wins, K-Q-J-10-9 would beat 5-4-3-2-A. If two straights have the same value, AKQJT vs AKQJT, the pot is split.
Jack High Straight
Three of a Kind – Three cards of any rank with the remaining cards not being a pair (that would be a full house if it were). Once again the highest ranking three of a kind would win. K-K-K-2-4 would beat Q-Q-Q-2-3. If both are the same rank (only in a wild card game), then the High Card rule come into effect with the remaining two.
Two Pair – Two distinct pairs of card and a 5th card. The highest ranking pair wins ties. If both hands have the same high pair, the second pair wins. If both hands have the same pairs, the high card wins.
Two Pair – Kings Over Deuces
One Pair of Aces – Jack Kicker
High Card – When a hand has none of the above qualications of any of the ones listed above, nobody has even a pair or better, then it comes down to who is holding the highest ranking card. If there is a tie for the high card then the next high card determines the pot, if that card is a tie than it continues down till the third, fourth, and fifth card. The High card is also used to break ties when the high hands both have the same type of hand (pair, flush, straight, etc).
Queen High – Ten Kicker
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