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Royal Flush

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Royal Flush

The Royal Flush is the best poker hand you can have on a gaming table. If you hold an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit (all of them should be spades or hearts or diamonds or clubs), then you have got a Royal Flush. This is the rarest of poker hands with odds of it occurring once in 649,737 times. The Royal Flush is the best Straight Flush and is the leader among poker hand rankings.

Straight Flush

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Straight Flush

The Straight Flush is the second strongest poker hand. It’s a continuous poker hand sequence of five cards of the same suit – for example, a 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6. As we mentioned earlier, if two players hold the same category of poker hands, the High Card makes the difference. For example, a Straight Flush of J, 10, 9, 8, 7 beats a Straight Flush of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6. Odds: 1 in 72,193.

Four of a Kind

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Four of a Kind

Weighing in next is Four of a Kind. In this hand, you hold four cards of the same rank – four Aces or four 10s or four 2s with one other card of a different rank. For example, four aces and an 8 (AAAA8) or four 10s and K. As mentioned earlier, card rank becomes decisive if two players hold the same hand -- four aces beat four kings and four 3s trump four 2s. Odds: 1:4164

Full House

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Full House

Coming in fourth is the Full House is a combination of Three of a Kind (AAA) with a pair (KK). A hand holding AAAKK is the biggest Full House possible. This poker hand is also called Aces Full of Kings. Sometimes ties occur in a Full House. Here’s how a Full House tie-breaker is applied: If two players hold a Full House, then the one holding the higher triple wins. If both players hold the same triple, the one holding the higher pair wins. If both players hold the same triple and pair, it’s a tie and the pot is split. For further clarity look at the following hands: Player 1: QQQ33 (queens full of threes) Player 2: JJJAA (jacks full of aces) In the above, player 1 takes the pot since he has the higher triple (Queens full of 3s is better than Jacks full of aces). Player 1: QQQ33 Player 2: QQQ22 In this case too, player 1 wins because while the triple are tied, he holds the higher pair (Queens full of 3s better than Queens full of 2s). Odds: 1:693

Flush

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Flush

The Flush stands fifth in the hierarchy. If you hold five non-consecutive cards of the same suit, you have a Flush. For example, an A, 10, 9, 8, 7 of hearts is a Flush, just as a K, J, 8, 6, 5 of clubs is a Flush. If two players have a Flush, the High Card breaks the tie. In the case where two players have the same High Card, then the second highest card breaks the tie and so on. Odds: 1:508

Straight

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Straight

A Straight is not the same as a Straight Flush. In a Straight Flush, you hold consecutive cards of the same suit. In a Straight, you hold consecutive cards of different suits. In this poker hand ranking, an ace high Straight is the highest possible. The lowest possible straight is a five-high straight as seen in the example. Straights are sixth in hand order. Odds: 1:253

Three of a Kind

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Three of a Kind

Poker hands with three cards of the same rank are Three of a Kind and rank seventh in order. Our example shows three aces, with a king and a queen as side cards -- the best possible Three of a Kind. If two people have the same Three of a Kind, the side cards determine the winner. Odds: 1:46

Two-pair

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Two-pair

Two Pairs comes in eighth. If you have two cards of the same rank paired with another set of two cards of the same rank with a kicker card, you are holding Two Pairs – for example, AAKK7. In a tie, the one holding the higher pair wins. If both hold the same high pair, the rank of the second pair is used to break the tie. If even that is tied, then the kicker card makes the difference. For example, here are some pairs ordered by rank: 1. AAKK7 2. AAKK6 3. AAQQ10 4. KKQQA Odds: 1:20.

One Pair

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One Pair

If you have two cards of the same rank and three other random cards, you are holding One Pair, which is ninth in poker hand rankings. For example: AAKQJ is the highest One Pair you can get. Odds: 1:1.36

High-card

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High-card

If you have none of the nine hands above, you probably are holding just a High Card. In poker hand rankings, this is the lowest possible. Among High Cards, ace is highest and 7 the lowest. In fact, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2 is the lowest poker hand you can ever get. Odds: 1:.99 Most of these poker hand rankings and rules apply to five card poker especially its most popular variant – Texas Hold’em Now that you know your poker card rankings, it’s time to test out your knowledge. You can try your hand at playing a real poker game from the several options we have for you on our website or app, including exciting tournaments that are suitable for beginners as well as experts. There’s no better way to learn poker than on a live table.

ONLINE POKER FAQ

The article above has listed the poker hand rankings and the rank of cards (ace high to five high). Just remember the following:
One Pair beats High Card
Two Pair beats One Pair
Three of a Kind beats Two Pair
Straight beats Three of a Kind
Flush beats Straight
Full House beats Flush
Four of a Kind beats Full House
Straight Flush beats Four or a Kind
Royal Flush beats a Straight Flush
No poker hand sequence can beat the Royal Flush.

This is a common misunderstanding among beginners to Texas Hold’em. A Flush, meaning cards of the same suit, always beats a Straight, meaning cards of different suits that have apoker sequence to them. However, a Straight Flush, meaning apoker hand orderthat has cards of the same suit in a sequence beats both a Flush and a Straight.

No, the colour of your suit does not matter. What matters is the poker hand order and the card rank.

In many card games, some suits are stronger than others. But in poker, all suits are equal -- be it spades or diamonds,hearts or clubs. We hope you are now clear about all the poker hand rankings and poker card rankings. It’s time to get started on your playing journey. If you need help with that, visit our How to Play Pokerpage to prepare yourself for our many game rooms and tournaments. Best of luck.

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