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.

Poker Hands - Rankings Chart

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Download and print out our poker hands ranking chart, or save it to your phone. Keep this poker cheat sheet nearby when playing so that you always know the ranking of hands from best to worst.

Poker hands ranking chart

Hands Rank

Hand Name






Royal Flush

Royal Flush hand eg

30,939 to 1


A Royal Flush is made out of 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, all of the same suit.


Straight Flush

straight flush hand eg

3,437.8 to 1


A Straight Flush is five cards in a row, all in the same suit.


Four of a Kind

four of a kind hand eg

594 to 1


A Four of a Kind is the same card in each of the four suits.


Full House

full house hand eg

37.5 to 1


A Full House is a pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.



flush hand eg

32.1 to 1


A Flush is five cards in the same suit, not in numerical order.



straight hand eg

20.6 to 1


A Straight is five cards in numerical order, but not in the same suit.


Three of a Kind

three of a kind hand eg

19.7 to 1


Three of a Kind is three of one card and two non-paired cards.


Two Pair

two pair hand eg

3.26 to 1


Two Pair is two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.


One Pair

one pair hand eg

1.28 to 1


One Pair is a pairing of the same card.


High Card

high card hand eg

4.74 to 1


A High Card refers to a hand with no matching cards.


Understanding hand rankings is your first step on the road to becoming a winning poker player. Knowing the best hands will help you win more, beat your friends at home, and become a better player

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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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