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Poker Hand Rankings (Highest to Lowest)

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Official Poker Hands Ranked From Highest to Lowest

Learn the order of poker hand rankings quickly so you can improve your game

Poker Hands Chart
Rank Hand Name Hand Description Example Probability Combinations
1 1. Royal Flush
10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all in the same suit.
straight-flush
probability: 1 in 649,737
combinations: 4
2 2. Straight Flush
Five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
straight-flush
probability: 1 in 72,193
combinations: 36
3 3. Four of a Kind
The same card in each of the four suits.
four-of-a-kind
probability: 1 in 4,164
combinations: 624
4 4. Full House
A pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
full-house
probability: 1 in 693
combinations: 3,744
5 5. Flush
Five cards, all in one suit, but not in numerical order.
flush
probability: 1 in 508
combinations: 5,108
6 6. Straight
Five cards in numerical order, but not of the same suit.
straight
probability: 1 in 253
combinations: 10,200
7 7. Three of a Kind
Three of one card and two non-paired cards.
kind
probability: 1 in 46
combinations: 54,912
8 8. Two Pair
Two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.
two-pairs
probability: 1 in 20
combinations: 123,552
9 9. One Pair
One pairing of the same card.
one-pair
probability: 1 in 1.36
combinations: 1,098,240
10 10. High Card
No matching cards.
high-cards
probability: 1 in 0.99
combinations: 1,302,540
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Top 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas Hold'em Poker

Key to being good at Texas Hold'em is knowing your hands and knowing what's playable.

  1. poker-aces
    Pocket Aces

    This one is a poker classic. The strongest starting hand in poker, pocket aces are a strong pre-flop favourite over any other two cards and a 4:1 favourite over almost any hand. You will be dealt 'pocket rockets', as they are also known, on average once every 221 hands, so it makes sense to get excited about them pre-flop. However, it's worth remembering that their likelihood of winning goes down as more players enter the pot, so the fewer opponents you're up against the better.

    Other Nicknames: Pocket Rockets, Bullets, American Airlines, Snake Eyes, Batteries, Needles, Two Pips

  2. pocket-kings
    Pocket Kings

    Pocket Kings, also known as 'cowboys', are a favourite against any hand (except aces). There are not many flops that should make you too worried - however, it is worth remembering that kings will only win against a hand with one ace just over two thirds of the time. You will almost always be happy to get your money in pre-flop with pocket kings.

    Other Nicknames: Cowboys, King Kong, Kevin Keegan, Krispy Kreme, Ace Magnets, Elvis Presley

  3. pocket-queens
    Pocket Queens

    If you get dealt pocket queens, you are safe in the knowledge that only eight overcards are left in the deck, or even fewer if you get your money in against an opponent with an ace, a king, or ace king. You will want to play this hand strongly before the flop, raising or re-raising from any position almost all of the time, and you will still frequently run into plenty of opponents prepared to commit their money with weaker hands.

    Other Nicknames: Ladies

  4. ace-king-suited
    Ace-King Suited

    This hand is often nicknamed 'Anna Kournikova' by recreational players - it's pretty to look at, but doesn't win as much as you think it should. It is easy to fall in love with ace-king suited, and it is by no means a weak hand, winning against all pocket pairs half of the time (except for pocket aces and pocket kings). However, it is also worth bearing in mind that if you don't connect with the flop, then you just have ace-high.

    Other Nicknames: Big Slick, Santa Barbara, Anna Kournikova, Big Ugly, King Arthur, Korean Airlines, Mike Haven, Walking Back To Houston

  5. pocket-jacks
    Pocket Jacks

    It's a classic poker saying that there are three ways to play pocket jacks, and all of them are wrong. However, this is a bit of a clich, and the hand is a favourite or coin-flip (50:50) against any unpaired hand and a strong pre-flop favourite over any lower pocket pair. It is still a very strong hand, particularly if the pot is unraised and you look down at jacks in late-position, though you can be a little more careful if an opponent has come in for an early-position raise.

    Other Nicknames: Fishhooks, Brothers, Jaybirds, Kid Dy-No-Mite, The Two Jakes, Suckers

  6. pocket-tens
    Pocket Tens

    Pocket tens are a strong starting hand and a real poker classic. They're strong enough that you don't need to hit a third ten on the flop to continue. They will still win against overcards every other time, though there are far more combinations where it is not as strong a favourite as pocket jacks. If there is a lot of action before you, it is sometimes easy to fold tens before the flop.

    Other Nicknames: Dimes, TNT, Dynamite, Tension

  7. ace-queen-suited
    Ace-Queen Suited

    While this hand is an underdog against an offsuit Ace-King, it ranks higher due to its relative strength against other starting hands. Sometimes, you will find yourself in a spot where you need to fold, even after hitting a pair on the flop. However, if you completely miss the flop, it's easier to stay out of trouble with an Ace-Queen.

    Other Nicknames: Big Chick, Little Slick, Mrs. Click, Antony & Cleopatra, Mrs. Slick, Rocket Queen

  8. ace-king-offsuit
    Ace-King Offsuit

    Weaker than its suited counterpart due to its decreased likelihood of hitting a flush, an offsuit ace-king will still win at least 40% of the time against any hand other than aces or kings. Sometimes, it is worth calling in position with this hand before the flop to keep the pot small and still get paid if you pair one of your two hole cards.

    Other Nicknames: Big Slick, Santa Barbara, Anna Kournikova, Big Ugly, King Arthur, Korean Airlines, Mike Haven, Walking Back To Houston

  9. ace-jack-suited
    Ace-Jack Suited

    Like a suited ace-king or ace-queen, this hand can make a royal flush. However, it is one that is worth playing more carefully; especially if a player has raised from early position. Any ace-king or ace-queen combination still has you beat if you pair your ace, so you don't want to fall in love with an ace-jack.

    Other Nicknames: Ajax, Armani Jeans, Hijack, Jackass, Apple Jacks, Blackjack

  10. king-queen-suited
    King-Queen Suited

    Just edging out ace-ten suited and pocket nines, king-queen suited is a hand that is said to 'flop well'. It can make a large number of straights and flushes, while just hitting one pair will sometimes give you the best hand. However, you should be able to fold this hand fairly easily if the action before you suggests other players are entering the pot with a strong hand.

    Other Nicknames: Marriage

What Are Poker Suits?

A French deck of cards is split into four suits: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades. Typically, no one suit is ranked above another. For example, in poker, a Royal Flush with hearts is worth the same as a Royal Flush with clubs.

Club

The club depicts a three-leaf and corresponds to the acorns in a German deck.

Diamond

The diamond in a French deck corresponds to bells in a German deck of cards.

Heart

You'll find hearts in both German and French playing card sets.

Spade

The spade symbolises a medieval weapon and corresponds to leaves in a German set.

Poker Hands Explained

Royal Flush

straight-flush

This is the best hand in poker. It's always A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ 10♥. It doesn't matter what suit it is, but all cards must be of the same suit. It's basically an ace-high straight flush.

Straight Flush

straight-flush

A straight flush is any other hand made up of five cards of sequential rank in the same suit, such as 7♠ 6♠ 5♠ 4♠ 3♠ or Q♥ J♥ 10♥ 9♥ 8♥. If two players get a straight flush, the hand with the highest-ranking card wins. A straight flush beats four of a kind.

Four of a kind

four-of-a-kind

A four of a kind is made up of four cards in one rank, and the last card (or 'kicker') in another rank, such as 3♣ 3♠ 3♦ 3♥ 8♥. If two players have a four of a kind, the hand with the highest-ranking four of a kind wins. If two players have the same four of a kind, the winner will be the player with the highest kicker card. A four of a kind beats a full house.

Full House

full-house

A full house consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank, such as 9♣ 9♠ 9♦ 5♣ 5♠ (nines over fives) or Q♦ Q♠ Q♣ 2♣ 2♦ (queens over twos). If two players have a full house, the person with the highest triplet wins. If the triplet is the same, the person with the highest pair wins. A full house beats a flush.

Flush

flush

Also called a full boat, a flush is any hand where all five cards are of the same suit. They do not need to be in sequential order. For example, K♣ 9♣ 4♣ A♣ 2♣ or 5♦ J♦ 3♦ K♦ 4♦. A flush is ranked first by the highest card, then by the second highest card, and so on. A flush beats a straight.

Straight

straight

A straight is a hand that contains five cards in sequential rank, but they can be of any suit. For example, Q♦ J♦ 10♣ 9♠ 8♥ is a straight, as is 5♣ 4♠ 3♠ 2♥ A♦. If two players have a straight, the player with the highest-ranking card wins. A straight beats a three of a kind.

Three of a kind

kind

Sometimes called trips or a set, a three of a kind is a hand consisting of three cards of the same rank, such as 8♦ 8♠ 8♣ K♠ A♠ or Q♥ Q♠ Q♦ 2♥ 8♥. If two players have a three of a kind, the player with the highest-ranking three of a kind wins. A three of a kind beats a two pair.

Two Pair

two-pairs

A two pair is a hand consisting of two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank, and the last card of another rank, such as 9♠ 9♥ 5♦ 5♥ A♠. If two players have a two-pair, the player with the highest-ranking pairs win. For example, a pair of queens and a pair of fives would beat a pair of threes and a pair of fives. If one pair is the same, the winner is determined by the second pair. If both pairs are the same, the winner of the hand is determined by the kicker. A two pair beats a one pair.

One Pair

one-pair

A one pair is simply a hand that contains two cards of the same rank, such as 6♦ 6♥ 2♥ 5♠ K♣. If both players have a one pair, the player with the highest-ranking pair wins. If both pairs are the same, the player with the highest-ranking kicker wins. A one pair only beats a high card.

High Card

high-cards

A high card means you haven't got any of the previous hands, and so your hand will be determined by the single highest-ranking card you have. For example, if you had Q♠ 5♣ 4♦ 3♦ 2♣, you would be betting with a queen-high.

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Poker Hand Rankings FAQ

What is the best hand in poker?

The best hand in poker is a Royal Flush. It's made up of an ace, king, queen, jack and 10 in the same suit.

What beats what in poker?

You can see the poker hand rankings above. A one pair beats a high card, a two pair beats a one pair, a three of a kind beats a two pair, a straight beats a three of a kind, a flush beats a straight, a full house beats a flush, a four of a kind beats a full house, a straight flush beats a four or a kind, a royal flush beats a straight flush. Nothing beats a royal flush.

What beats a straight in poker?

You can beat a straight with a flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush.

What beats a full house in poker?

A full house is a strong hand, but you can beat it with a four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush.

What beats a flush in poker?

A full house, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush all beat a flush.

What's the highest suit in poker?

There is no highest suit in poker. They are all ranked equally.

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