In poker, players construct hands of five cards according to predetermined rules, which vary according to which variant of poker is being played. These hands are compared using a hand ranking system that is standard across all variants of poker, the player with the highest-ranking hand winning that particular deal in most variants of poker. In some variants, the lowest-ranking hand can win or tie.
Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud and Five Card Draw all use the traditional “high” poker rankings.
The Ranking of Poker Hands, from top to bottom and best hand to worst, is as follows. Keep in mind that winning poker hands is not difficult – you just have to have a hand that is ranked higher than your opponents.:
1. Royal Flush
Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suit. In poker all suits are ranked equally. A royal flush is an unbeatable hand.
2. Straight Flush
Five cards in sequence makes a Straight. The Straight Flush poker hand has all five cards in the same suit. Between two straight flushes, the one containing the higher top card is higher.
3. Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same number or face value . The fifth card can be anything. This combination is sometimes known as “quads”
4. Full House
Three cards of one number or face value and two cards of another number or face value. If more than one player has a full house, the full house with the highest ranking three of a kind (“trips”) wins.
Five cards of the same suit. When comparing two flushes, the highest card determines which is higher.
Five cards in sequence. Cards can be in any suit. An Ace can be used in the highest straight (10, J, Q, K, A) and the lowest straight (A, 2, 3, 4, 5).
7. Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same number or face value. This combination is also known as Triplets or Trips. When comparing two threes of a kind the hand in which the three equal cards are of higher rank is better. If you have to compare two threes of a kind where the sets of three are of equal rank, then the higher of the two remaining cards in each hand are compared.
8. Two Pair
If two players have two pair, the hand with the highest pair wins. If they have the same high pair, whoever has the second highest pair wins. If they have the same two pair, whoever has the highest fifth card (“kicker”) wins.
9. One Pair
Two cards of the same number or face value. If two players have the same pair, the highest outside card(s) wins.
10. High Card
The hand with the highest card(s) wins.