All hands in the game of online Poker and offline poker are governed by the rankings below. These Poker hands apply to Texas Hold-Em, 5 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud and all Draw Poker games.
There are Poker variations including: Pai Gow Poker and Wild Card Poker which will alter the Poker Rankings, but only for hands higher than a Royal Flush.
Standard Poker Hand Ranking
There are 52 cards in a deck, and the ranking of the individual cards, from Highest card to lowest card is: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. The individual suits themselves have no ranking. A Jack of Spades has the same Rank as the Jack of Heats.
Whether you are playing Poker Texas Hold-Em, 5-Card Stud or even 7 Card High-Low, a Poker hand consists of 5 cards. In any game where more than 5 cards are dealt, a player will always make the best hand from their best 5 cards.
The Poker Rankings below are listed from the Highest hand, The Royal Flush (or a Straight Flush to the Ace), to the lowest hand which is a single High Card.Each hand listed below beats all other hands below it. For example, 4 of a Kind beats a Full House, a Flush, a Straight, 3 of a Kind, 2 Pairs, a Pair and a High Card.
1. Royal Flush – A Poker Royal Flush is the Highest possible hand in Poker. Essentially it is a Straight Flush to the Ace. This means that a player has a Poker hand consisting of A, K, Q, J, 10, all the same suit. As all suits are equal, all royal flushes are equal.
2. Straight Flush – Five cards of the same suit in sequence, such as: J- 10- 9- 8- 7. If two straight flushes are drawn, the Poker hand containing the higher top card is the winning Poker hand. An ace can be counted as low, so 5- 4- 3- 2- A is a straight flush in Poker, but its top card is the five.
3. Four of a kind – A Poker Four of a Kind is a Poker hand consisting of 4 matching cards. If two 4 of a Kind hands are drawn, the higher-ranking set is the winning hand. A Poker hand containing, 3-3-3-3-A is beaten by a hand that contains 4-4-4-4-2.
4. Full-House – A Full House is actually 2 Hands combined to make one; 3 of a Kind and a Pair. In Poker Rankings, if two Full Houses are drawn, the Poker hand containing the Highest, 3 of a Kind grouping is the winning hand. For example 9-9-9-4-4 beats 8-8-8-A-A.
5. Flush – A Poker Flush is five cards of the same suit. These cards do not have to be in a specific order. However, when two Flushes are drawn, the winning hand is determined by Flush with the Highest-Ranking card of the two Poker hands. As an example, K- J- 9- 3- 2 beats K- J- 7- 6- 5 because as we go through the cards, the two Kings match, the two Jacks match, but the 9 beats the 7.
6. Straight – A Straight is a Poker hand consisting of 5 cards in sequence, but with different suits, Q- J- 10- 9- 8. When two straights are drawn in a Poker hand, the same rules use to govern a Flush is applied. Whichever Straight has the Highest Top Card wins.
7. Three of a Kind – Three of a kind is a Poker hand consisting of three matching cards, and two non-matching cards (4-4-4-K-Q). If two players draw 3 of a Kind, whichever player has the highest group of three cards is the winner. 5-5-5-3-2 beats 4-4-4-K-Q
8. Two Pairs – Two pairs is a hand containing two separately matched pairs and a fifth un-matching card.
9. Pair – A Pair is a hand with two matching cards of equal rank, and three other cards that do not match. When comparing two Poker hands, the hand with the higher pair is the winner. 6-6-4-3-2 beats 5-5-A-K-Q. If however, the pairs are equal, you must compare the Highest ranking odd cards from each hand. Repeating the process for the final card in the case where 4 out of 5 cards match. J-J-A-9-3 beats J-J-A-8-7
10. High Card – High Card, is a hand consisting of 5, non-matching, non-suited cards. These ranks of these hands is determined by the Highest card in the hand in descending order to the lowest card. A-9-7-5-3 beats a hand containing, A-9-7-5-2