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Poker Hand Rankings

Poker hands are shown From Highest to Lowest.

Royal Flush

Royal Flush. This is the highest poker hand attainable.  To complete this hand, you need an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit.  The suit does not matter as a Royal Flush can ONLY BE tied by another Royal Flush, this hand cannot be beaten.

Straight Flush

Straight Flush -- This poker hand consists of five cards in a row, all of the same suit. 
An example would be: 6, 7, 8, 9  and 10 of clubs (as shown above).

4 Of A Kind

Four cards that are identical. For example, the four deuces pictured above.

Full House

Three-of-a-kind, along with a pair. The example pictured above is a Full House consisting of three sevens and a pair of threes.  The poker term for this hand would be, "Sevens Full Of Threes".  A Full House is also sometimes referred to as a Full Boat.  Full Houses are ranked based on their three-of-a-kind portion.  For instance, a Full House consisting of three eights and a pair of twos would beat the Full House pictured in our example above because three eights beats three sevens.  It does NOT matter that the pair in the WINNING hand (twos) is lower than the pair in the losing hand (threes).


Five cards, all of the same suit, of any rank and in no particular order.  If the five suited cards are ALSO in sequence, the hand you have would be a Straight Flush and if the sequence consists of 10,J,Q,K,A then you have a Royal Flush.  When two Flushes are compared against one another to determine the winning poker hand, the Flush consisting of the HIGHEST CARD wins.  If the HIGHEST CARD of each flush is identical (for instance, one player has a Heart Flush with the Queen as HIGHEST CARD and another player has a Club Flush with the Queen as the HIGHEST CARD), the player with the NEXT HIGHEST CARD Wins.  Flushes can be tied if the ranks of the five suited cards in one players hand are IDENTICAL to the ranks of the five suited cards in the second players hand, although this is quite rare.


Five sequential cards of non-identical suits.  In Straights, the Ace can act as the lowest card, as in a Straight of A,2,3,4,5 OR the highest card, as in a Straight consisting of 10,J,Q,K,A.

3 Of A Kind

Three cards of the same rank.  Also called trips by some players.  Remember, even though some of the following poker hands are shown using 4 or 3 card examples, all poker hands MUST CONSIST of five cards.  The extra cards in three of a kind, two pair and one pair hands, determines the winning hand in the case of a tie.

2 Pair

Two separate pair.  Our example consists of a pair of Kings and a pair of Nines.  Should another player ALSO have the same two pair (Kings and Nines) the highest card OTHER than the two Kings and the two Nines will determine the winner.  For example, one player has Kings and Nines with a Jack and another player has Kings and Nines with a Queen.  The player with the Queen would win the hand.

1 Pair

Two cards of similar rank.

High Card

Highest unpaired card.

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