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Poker Hand Rankings

In poker, the poker hand rankings determine the winner of a particular hand. The standard poker hand rankings from highest to lowest are as follows:

  1. Royal Flush
royal flush

A, K, Q, J, 10, all of the same suit. This hand cannot be beaten – ever! You may never get this hand, and if you do, you are only likely to get it a handful of times.

2. Straight Flush:

straight flush

Five consecutive cards of the same suit. If two players have a straight flush, the one with the highest top card wins. Uncommon hand, not seen very often.

3. Four of a Kind (Quads):

quads or four of a kind

Four cards of the same rank. Excellent hand and uncommon. Sometimes difficult to extract value with this hand as the board will need to be paired usually.

4. Full House:

full house

Three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. This is the starting point of more common hands, from full house and below.

5. Flush:


Five cards of the same suit, not in sequence. A strong hand, with Ace High flush being the strongest type of flush.

6. Straight:


Five consecutive cards of different suits. If two players have a straight, the one with the higher top card wins.

7. Three of a Kind (Trips or Set):

three of a kind, trips

Three cards of the same rank.

8. Two Pair:

two pair

Two sets of pairs. If two players have two pair, the one with the higher top pair wins. Often referred to as a; made hand. This usually meaning the minimum a player will likely get all his chips in the middle with.

9. One Pair:

one pair

Two cards of the same rank.

10. High Card:

high card

If no player has any of the above hands, the winner is determined by the highest card in their hand. If the highest cards are the same, the next highest cards are compared, and so on.

It’s important to note that the suits of the cards do not affect the ranking, except in determining the presence of a flush or a straight flush. If two players have the same type of hand, the tie is usually broken by comparing individual card ranks.

Poker hand rankings cheat sheet

Poker Hand Rankings Chart

If you want to see the advanced full list of 169 possible poker starting hands then visit HERE.

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