Poker Hand Rankings (Highest to Lowest)

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Learn the ranking of poker hands and the probability of each hand coming up so you can get an edge over other players. Listed below are the Texas Hold'em hands in order from best to worst, which are the same for all the main poker variations.

Poker Hands Chart
Rank Hand Name Hand Description Example Probability Combinations
1 1. Royal Flush
A Royal Flush is made out of 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, all of the same suit.
straight-flush
probability: 1 in 649,737
combinations: 4
2 2. Straight Flush
A Straight Flush is 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
A Four of a Kind is 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 Full House is a pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
full-house
probability: 1 in 693
combinations: 3,744
5 5. Flush
A Flush is five cards in the same suit, not in numerical order.
flush
probability: 1 in 508
combinations: 5,108
6 6. Straight
A Straight is five cards in numerical order, but not in the same suit.
straight
probability: 1 in 253
combinations: 10,200
7 7. Three of a Kind
Three of a Kind is three of one card and two non-paired cards.
kind
probability: 1 in 46
combinations: 54,912
8 8. Two Pair
Two Pair is two different pairs in one hand.
two-pairs
probability: 1 in 20
combinations: 123,552
9 9. One Pair
One Pair is a pair of cards of the same rank.
one-pair
probability: 1 in 1.36
combinations: 1,098,240
10 10. High Card
If you don't have any of the hands listed above, your hand is as strong as your highest card.
high-cards
probability: 1 in 0.99
combinations: 1,302,540

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Understanding hand rankings is your first step on the road to becoming a winning poker player. Knowing the best hands will help you:
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  • Become a Better Player
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Poker Hand Combinations Explained

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.

The strength of a hand relates to how hard it is to achieve, so naturally the highest hands are the least common, with a royal flush and straight flush being exceedingly rare.

What Are Poker Suits?

A deck of cards is divided into four suits. All card suits have the same value in poker, including in Texas Hold'em. If two players have the same hand, the winner is determined by the highest cards used to make the hand. For example, a King-high flush beats a Queen-high flush, a 10-high straight beats a 5-high straight, and two pair (Jacks and 3s) beats two paid (10s and 9s).

If both players have the same hand, e.g. a pair of Aces, the player with the highest kicker (a card that doesn't form part of the hand you are playing) wins. If the kicker is also the same, the next highest kicker is taken into account. If all kickers are identical, you simply split the pot.

Spades

Black suit, depicting a medieval weapon.

Hearts

Red suit, showing a heart.

Diamonds

Red suit, represented by a geometric diamond shape.

Clubs

Black suit, represented by a three-leaf symbol.

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Ties And kickers

It's possible that the best hand at the table (a pair of 9s, for example) will be held by more than one player. In this case, the tie is broken using a kicker as described above.

Let's say two players at a five-card poker game have a pair of 9s, and this is the best hand of the round.

Example

Player A has Ties and Kickers Card Set 1
Player B has Ties and Kickers Card Set 2

The hand goes to Player A, who has a pair of 9s with an A kicker (kicker meaning the highest card not involved in the pair), which beats player B's pair of 9s with a J kicker.

In the rare event that both players have the exact same hand, A, 9, 9, 7, 5 for example, the pot would be split.

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. One pair beats a high card, two pair beats one pair, three of a kind beats two pair, a straight beats three of a kind, a flush beats a straight, a full house beats a flush, four of a kind beats a full house, a straight flush beats four or a kind, and 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 four of a kind, a straight flush or a 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 different poker hands you can make, including the lowly high card. The most valuable hand is a royal flush, which is the highest possible Straight Flush (i.e. to the ace).

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, from best to worst, is royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, a full house, a flush, a straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, and high card.

What's the highest poker suit?

In Bridge and some other card games the ranking order of suits runs in reverse alphabetical order: spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs. In poker games such as Texas Hold'em, however, there is no ranking of card suits.

What are the best and worst hands in poker?

The best hand in poker is a royal flush which, as it ends with the ace, is the highest straight flush. The worst hand in poker is simply 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?

This is where rank comes into play. If more than one player has a pair, the pair of the higher rank will always beat a lower pair. If multiple players have two pair, the player holding the highest pair wins (e.g. QQ77x beats JJ22x). If both players have the same high pair, the lower pair comes into play (e.g. QQ77x beats QQ66x).

If more than one player shows down a straight, the higher straight wins (e.g. 6-7-8-9-T beats 3-4-5-6-7). Likewise if multiple flushes are shown, the highest flush wins (e.g. A-K-T-6-4 beats Q-J-9-8-7). If each player has the same highest card, the next highest cards are checked, so a flush of J-9-4-3-2 would defeat a flush of J-8-7-6-5 as a 9 kicker beats an 8 kicker.

For full houses (three of a kind + a pair), the higher three of a kind determines the winner, so QQQ22 will beat 888AA.

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 completely identical, the pot is split.

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