Hand Rankings

Poker Hand Rankings

These are the standard hand rankings used in the game of Poker. The player holding five cards of the highest value wins the pot.

Royal Flush

royal flush

A royal flush is a straight flush involving the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.

If two or more players have a Royal Flush, the pot will be equally split between them.

Straight Flush

Straight Flush

A straight with all the cards in the same suit (flush).

If two or more players have a Straight Flush: The straight with the highest value card wins the pot. If two or more players have the same straight flush then the pot is shared.

4 of a Kind

Four of a Kind is a monster

4 cards of the same value, plus a side card (kicker).

If two or more players have a 4 of a kind the player with the highest 4 of a Kind wins the pot. In Hold’em games, where players have the same 4 of a kind, the highest fifth card (“kicker”) wins.

Full House

Full House

A combination of Three of a Kind PLUS a Pair.

Three of a kind decides the strength of the hand. In “flop” games when players have the same three cards, higher pair wins the pot.


Flush in Poker

Five suited cards.

When two or more players have a Flush, the player holding the highest card wins.


Poker Straight

Any five cards in order.

The player holding the highest-ranking card wins in case of a tie.

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind Hand Ranking

Three cards of the same value and two side cards.

Two Pair

2 Pair

Two separate pairs plus a card (kicker).

If two players have the same highest pair, the value of the second pair determines who wins the pot. If two players have the same Two Pairs, the player holding the highest fifth card “kicker” wins the pot.

One Pair

A Pair

Two cards of the same rank and three side cards.

If two players have the same pair, the next highest card wins, and if necessary, the second-highest and third-highest side card determines who wins the pot.

High Card

The player with the highest card wins the pot.

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