Poker Hand Rankings

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Royal Flush

A, K, Q, J, 10, all the same suit. The Royal Flush is the highest of all poker hands.

Straight Flush

A Straight Flush is any connecting straight cards, like 10-9-8-7-6, all of the same suit. A Straight Flush beats Four-of-a-Kind.

Four-of-a-Kind

Four cards of the same ranking but not in the same suit. For example, 5-5-5-5-K.  Four-of-a-Kind beats a Full House.

Full House

A pair and three of a kind in the same hand. For example, 10-10-10-8-8 is a “Tens full of Eights” Full House.  A Full House beats a flush.

Flush

Consists of five cards all of the same suit but not in numerical order. For example A-K-5-4-2 flush in spades has the same poker ranking as an A-K-5-4-2 in clubs. A Flush beats a straight.

Straight

A Straight is any five connected cards in a row. For example, 10-9-8-7-6. The highest possible Straight is A-K-Q-J-10 (also called “Broadway”). A Straight beats three of a kind.

Three-of-a-Kind

Three cards of the same rank and two non-paired cards. For Example, Q-Q-Q-7-6. Three of a kind beats two pair.

Two Pair

Two Cards of the same rank and two cards of another rank. For example,  8-8-7-7-3.  Two Pair beats a pair. 

One Pair

One Pair is just a single pair, nothing more. For example, Q-Q-6-9-2.

A Pair beats High Card. 

High Card

High card is the lowest possible poker hand in Texas Hold’em, Made of any 5 cards. For example, A-Q-6-5-10.


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Poker Hands – FAQ

Question 1: What is the best hand in poker?

The strongest possible hand in poker is the Royal Flush. This is made by holding the Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, all of the same suit.

Question 2: What is the worst starting hand in Hold’em?

In terms of pot-equity, the worst starting hand in Hold’em is 32 offsuit. However, 72 offsuit is typically cited as the worst hand because it has less straight potential than the 32 despite having more pot-equity.

Question 3: In which order are the poker hands ranked?

The order of the hands in poker from strongest to weakest are as follows. Royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, high card.  

Question 4: How are poker hands constructed?

In most variants of poker, it is necessary to use exactly five cards to make a hand. In many games we will actually have access to more than five cards (for example, seven cards in Stud), but we must pick the best five to use as our final hand.

Question 5: What are the rules for making hands in Omaha?

Hands in Omaha are constructed with exactly five cards, two from our hand, and three from the board. It is different from Hold’em where players may use any combination of hole cards and board to make a final hand.

Check out 888poker's guide to poker hand nicknames.

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