Poker Hand Rankings

If you are going to play Texas Holdem, you need to know how the hands rank. A hand consists of five cards, and the player with the highest ranked hand is the winner. Here is a chart listing all the poker hand rankings, starting with the best hand at the top.

Poker Hand Rankings
Name Hand Description
Royal straight flush Hand rankings - Royal Straight Flush A poker players wet dream! The top straight with all the cards in the same suit.
Straight flush Poker Hand Rankings - Straight Flush The flush of the flushes! A straight with all the cards in the same suit.
Four of a kind Poker Hand Rankings - Four of a kind A hand that contains four cards of the same rank.
Full house Poker Hand Rankings - Full House Three cards of the same rank (three of a kind) + a pair.
Flush Poker Hand Rankings - Flush Five cards of the same suit in any order.
Straight Poker Hand Rankings - Straight Five unsuited cards in sequence.
Three of a kind Poker Hand Rankings - Three of a kind Three cards of the same rank.
Two pair Poker Hand Rankings - Two Pair Two cards of matching rank + Two cards of matching rank.
One pair Poker Hand Rankings - One Pair A paired hand contains two cards of the same rank.
High card Poker Hand Rankings - High Card If a hand does not fall in any of the hand rankings above it is judged by the highest ranked card.

Comments to Hand Rankings

All suits are equal in poker
If two or more players hold the same hand with the same ranking of the cards, then the pot is split, meaning the players share the pot.

Example 1:
You: – Opponent:
Board:
You both have the same hand with the same ranking, and split the pot.

Example 2:
You: – Opponent:
Board:
It is a split! You both have the same hand with the same ranking of the cards.
You: – Opponent:

Kicker decides the winner of hands with same ranking
If two or more players have hands with the same hand ranking, but not the same card ranks, the player with the highest card rank wins the pot. The card that decides who wins the pot in these situations is called the kicker.

Example 1:
You: – Opponent:
Board:
You both have the same hand ranking (Two Pair), but since you have the hand with the highest kicker (card with highest rank in addition to the two pair), you win the pot.
You: – Opponent:

Example 2:
You: – Opponent:
Board:
You both have Two Pair, but opponent player wins the pot because of highest kicker.
You: – Opponent:

Full house
The three cards of same rank decides the winner if two or more players have a Full house.

Example 1:
You: – Opponent:
Board:
You both have a Full house, but since you have the highest three cards of same rank in your Full house, you win the pot.
You: – Opponent:

Example 2:
You: – Opponent:
Board:
You win because of highest ranked pair, with same three cards of same rank in both hands.
You: – Opponent:

Straight
If two or more players have the same straight the pot is split, else the player with the highest straight wins the pot. Ace can be counted as both 1 (low) and 14 (high).

Example:
(lowest possible straight)
(highest possible straight)

Practice, practice, practice!
If you do not fully understand the poker hand rankings, then please read through the list again and try the quiz below. It is crucial that you know which hand beats which in poker. You will only learn the true strength of a poker hand as you gain experience of playing the game, so be advised to practice a lot before you try playing for real money.

QuizzesStatus

POKERBRICKS