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Poker Hands

Below is the list of all key Poker hand rankings. The list is in order from the highest possible hand to the lowest hand ranking.

How Are Poker Hands Ranked?

The universal poker hand rankings determine which player's hand will win the pot.

These rankings are illustrated below starting with the best possible hand, a royal flush.

Royal Flush

The highest possible ranked hand. To achieve this hand you need an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit.

Straight Flush

Five cards of the same suit in ascending order.

Four Of A Kind

Four cards of the same value.

Full House

Three of a kind and a pair. The player with the higher value three of a kind, wins in the event of a tie.


A hand containing five cards of the same suit. If two players have the same hand the winner is the player holding the highest valued cards.


Five cards of any suit in ascending order. The ace can be either high or low and the high straight wins the tie.

Three Of A Kind

Three of a kind is simply three cards of the same value.

Two Pairs

Two sets of pairs. The player holding the highest pair takes the pot in the event that more than one player is holding two pairs.

One Pair

One pair of cards in a hand.

High Card

Highest card takes all in the event there is a complete absence of the above hands.