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Poker Hands

Read all about poker hand rankings to learn the game’s basics.

How Are Poker Hands Ranked?

Poker hand rankings are the ABCs of poker; they determine the outcome of every hand and are the foundation of the game of Poker.

The following is a list of rankings from high (royal flush) to low.

Royal Flush

This rare, highest-rank hand is composed of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit. (The four suits are clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds.)

Straight Flush

Five “suited” ascending cards (in a row) make up a Straight Flush, second only to the Royal Flush in rank.

Four Of A Kind

Four of a Kind is four cards with the same face value, e.g., four Aces or four 2’s, albeit with different suits.

Full House

A Full House is comprised of Three of a Kind (a.k.a. “Trips”) and a Pair. With this hand, also called a “Boat,” the higher-ranked set of Trips will determine the winner, if two players have a Full House.


Five cards, all of the same suit, comprise a Flush. The player with the single highest-ranked card will win the hand, when two players have a flush.


A Straight is a hand with five consecutive card values of differing suits. When an Ace is part of the Straight, it can be the lowest card (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5), or the highest card (10, J, Q, K, A).

Three Of A Kind

Three of a Kind is three cards with the same face value (three Kings, for example). If two or more players have Three of a Kind, the higher-ranking card wins the hand.

Two Pairs

Two pairs of cards with the same face value (a pair of Jacks and a pair of 3’s, for instance). If two or more players have Two Pairs, the highest pair wins the hand.

One Pair

A pair of cards with the same value, with the highest pair taking the pot if more than one player has a pair. Two Aces is the highest possible pair.

High Card

A high card can win a hand when no players have anything better. A 2 is the lowest card, while an Ace is the highest-ranked single card.