Poker Hand Rankings (Highest to Lowest)

Poker hands fall into one of 10 categories. The highest is a royal flush, followed by a straight flush, then four of a kind, a full house, a flush, a straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, and finally a high card. This is the same for all the main poker variations, including Texas Hold’em. Read more Read less

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Poker hands ranking chart

Hands Rank Hand name Example Probability Combinations Description
1 Royal Flush
10 suit heart
J suit heart
Q suit heart
K suit heart
A suit heart
Probability 30,939 to 1 Combinations 4 A Royal Flush is made out of 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, all of the same suit.
2 Straight Flush
4 suit clubs
5 suit clubs
6 suit clubs
7 suit clubs
8 suit clubs
Probability 3,437.8 to 1 Combinations 36 A Straight Flush is five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
3 Four of a Kind
7 suit heart
7 suit spades
7 suit diamond
7 suit clubs
10 suit heart
Probability 594 to 1 Combinations 624 A Four of a Kind is the same card in each of the four suits.
4 Full House
K suit diamond
K suit spades
K suit heart
J suit clubs
J suit heart
Probability 37.5 to 1 Combinations 3,744 A Full House is a pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
5 Flush
6 suit heart
8 suit heart
Q suit heart
3 suit heart
10 suit heart
Probability 32.1 to 1 Combinations 5,108 A Flush is five cards in the same suit, not in numerical order.
6 Straight
6 suit spades
7 suit heart
8 suit clubs
9 suit diamond
10 suit spades
Probability 20.6 to 1 Combinations 10,200 A Straight is five cards in numerical order, but not in the same suit.
7 Three of a Kind
K suit spades
K suit clubs
K suit diamond
3 suit clubs
7 suit heart
Probability 19.7 to 1 Combinations 54,912 Three of a Kind is three of one card and two non-paired cards.
8 Two Pair
A suit heart
A suit clubs
4 suit spades
4 suit heart
Q suit heart
Probability 3.26 to 1 Combinations 123,552 Two Pair is two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.
9 One Pair
5 suit spades
5 suit clubs
Q suit heart
8 suit diamond
6 suit heart
Probability 1.28 to 1 Combinations 1,098,240 One Pair is a pairing of the same card.
10 High Card
A suit heart
7 suit heart
8 suit diamond
4 suit clubs
2 suit spades
Probability 4.74 to 1 Combinations 1,302,540 A High Card refers to a hand with no matching cards.
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Ties and kickers

It's possible that the best hand at the table will be held by more than one player. In this case, the tie is broken using a ‘kicker’ – the next highest card in the hand.

For example, a player holding a pair of 9s with a King, 8 and 5, would beat a player with a pair of 9s alongside a Jack, 8 and 5. If kickers are also tied, the next highest card decides the winner, and if all cards are tied the pot is evenly split between the winning players.

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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.

How many poker hands are there?

There are 10 possible poker hands. The most valuable hand is a Royal Flush, a Straight Flush made of the highest value cards in the game.

What is the ranking order of poker hands?

The highest value poker hand is a Royal Flush, while the lowest is a high card. The full ranking order is royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, a full house, a flush, a straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, high card.

What's the highest poker suit?

The ranking order of suits is spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs. In popular poker games such as Texas Hold'em, there is no ranking of card suits, however suits are sometimes ranked in other games like Bridge.

What are the best and worst hands in poker?

The best hand in poker is a Royal Flush, which is the highest value straight flush. The worst hand in poker is a high card. The lowest possible high card five-card poker hand (if Aces are high) is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 with no flush present.

What happens if two poker hands are the same?

If two poker hands are the same, the winner is decided by a kicker. A kicker is the highest value card outside of the pair/three-of-a-kind etc. For example, a pair of 8s with a K kicker beats a pair of 8s with a 10 kicker. If two hands are identical, the pot is split.