Poker hand rankings

There are a number of different varieties of poker, with some varieties using different poker hand rankings. However, the majority of poker versions use the same hand rankings. Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Five Card Draw and Severn Card Stud all use the same poker hand rankings.

The below poker hand rankings are listed with the highest ranking at the top:

1. Royal flush

A royal flush is where you have five cards in sequence, from ten to ace, of the same suit.

Royal Flush

2. Straight flush

A straight flush is where you have five cards in sequence of the same suit.

If another player also has a straight flush, the player with the highest straight flush will win the pot. For example, if ‘player 1’ has spades from four to eight and ‘player 2’ has spades from five to nine, ‘player 2’ will win as he has the highest straight flush.

straight flush

3. Four of a kind

Four of a kind is where four out of five of your cards have the same value.

If another player also has a four of a kind, then the player with the highest value four of a kind will win. For example, a player with four eights will beat a player with four sevens.

When playing community card games (such as Texas Hold’em), it is possible for more than one player to have four of a kind. This is possible when the community cards, the cards dealt into the center, contain the four of a kind. In this case, the player with the highest ‘kicker’ will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has four eights with a king ‘kicker’ and ‘player 2’ has four eights with an ace ‘kicker’, ‘player 2’ will win the hand.

four of a kind

4. Full house

A full house is where you have three cards of the same value, and two cards of the same value (but of a different value to the other three cards).

If there are two players with a full house, the player with the highest value of their three matching cards will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has a full house with three nines and two kings, and ‘player 2’ has a full house with three tens and two kings, ‘player 2′ will win the hand.

When playing community card games (such as Texas Hold’em), it is possible for more than one player to a full house with three cards containing the same value. This is possible when the community cards, the cards dealt into the center, contain three cards of the same value. In this case, the player with the highest pair supporting the full house will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has a full house with three jacks and two sevens, and ‘player 2’ has a full house with three jacks and two eights, ‘player 2’ will win the hand.

Full House

5. Flush

A flush is where you have five cards, of any value, of the same suite.

If more than one player has a flush, then the player with the highest flush will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has five diamonds made up of ‘7,9,10,J,K’ and ‘player 2’ has five diamonds made up of ‘2,7,9,10,A’, then ‘player 2’ will win the hand as they have the highest flush.

Flush

6. Straight

A straight is where you have five cards, of any suit, in sequence. Note: an ace may be used before a 2 in a sequence, or after a king in the sequence.

If more than one player has a straight the player with the highest straight will win the hand. For example, if ‘player 1’ has a straight from two to six, and ‘player 2’ has a straight from three to seven, ‘player 2’ will win the hand.

straight

7. Three of a kind

Three of a kind is where three of your five cards are the same value.

If two players have three of a kind, the player with the highest three of a kind will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has three sixes and ‘player 2’ has three nines, ‘player 2′ will win the hand.

It is possible to have more than one player with three of a kind. This could happen if you are playing a variety of poker where there are community cards dealt (e.g. in Texas Hold’em). In this instance, the player with the highest supporting cards will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has three nines with a king and a seven, and ‘player 2’ has three nines with a king and a nine, ‘player 2’ will win the hand.

three of a kind

8. Two pair

A two pair is where you have two cards of the same value, and another two cards of the same, but different value, and one addition supporting card.

If more than one player has a two pair, the player with the highest pair will win the hand. For example, if ‘player one’ has two kings and two queens, and ‘player 2’ has two twos and two aces, ‘player 2’ will win the hand because the aces have the highest value.

two pair

9. One pair

A pair is where you have two cards of the same value, with three other supporting cards.

If two players have a pair, the player with the highest pair will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has two kings, and ‘player 2’ has two aces, ‘player 2’ will win the hand.

If two players have the same pair, the player with the highest value supporting cards will win. For example, if ‘player 1’ has ‘A, A, 3, J, 4’, and ‘player 2’ ‘A, A, 3, Q, 7’, ‘player 2’ wins the hand.

one pair

10. High Card

A high card is where you win the hand because you have the highest card.

If ‘player 1’ has ‘K, 7, 8, J, Q’ and ‘player 2’ has ‘A, 8, 9, J, Q’, ‘player 2’ will win the hand as the ace has a higher value than the king.

If two players have the same high card, the player with the highest supporting cards will win the pot. For example, if ‘player 1’ has ‘A, 7, 8, J, Q’ and ‘player 2’ has ‘A, 8, 9, J, Q’, ‘player 2’ will win the hand as ‘player 2s’ fifth card is a 9 and ‘player 1s’ fifth card is a 7.

high card

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