Poker Hand Rankings

Royal Flush

A K Q J 10 - Odds: 1 in 649,739.

Royal Flush

The Royal Flush is the highest possible poker hand a player can get. It consists of ace, king, queen, jack, ten, all in the same suit. All suits are equal and all royal flushes are equal. The odds of getting this killer poker hand during a game of online poker are a staggering 1 in 649,739. Get this and you clean up.

Straight Flush

6 7 8 9 10 - Odds: 1 in 72,192.

Straight Flush

A straight flush poker hand is five cards of the same suit in sequence - such as J-10-9-8-7. If two poker players have a straight flush, the player with the higher top card is the winner. An ace card can be counted as low, so 5-4-3-2-A is a straight flush, but its top card is the five and not the ace so it is the lowest type of straight flush. The cards cannot 'turn the corner' so a 4-3-2-A-K poker hand is not a valid straight flush.

Four of a Kind

8 8 8 8 6 - Odds: 1 in 4,164.

Four of a Kind

In poker, the four of a kind poker hand is four cards of the same rank - such as four queens. The fifth card can be anything. If two players have two fours of a kind, the poker player with the higher set of four cards wins - so a 3-3-3-3-A hand is beaten by 4-4-4-4-2 hand. Not a bad poker hand if you can get it.

Full House

8 8 8 6 6 - Odds: 1 in 693.

Full House

A full house poker hand consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank - for example, three sevens and two tens (colloquially known as 'sevens full' or more specifically 'sevens on tens'). When comparing full houses, the rank of the three cards determines which is higher. For example 10-10-10-5-5 beats 9-9-9-A-A. If the threes of a kind were equal, the rank of the pairs would decide.

Flush

10 J 8 2 5 - Odds: 1 in 508.

Flush

You have a Flush when all five cards in your hand are from the same suit. When comparing two flushes during a poker game, the player with the highest card value determines which the winner. If the highest cards are equal then the second highest card is compared; if those are equal too, then the third highest card, and so on. A good example of this would be is a player has the hand K-J-9-3-2 it would beat K-J-7-6-5 because nine beats seven.

Straight

3 4 5 6 7 - Odds: 1 in 254.

Straight

In poker a straight poker hand is made up of five cards of mixed suits in sequence - for example Q(S)-J(D)-10(H)-9(S)-8(C). When comparing two sequences, the one with the higher ranking top card is better. An ace card can count high or low in a straight, but not both at once, so a A-K-Q-J-10 poker hand and a 5-4-3-2-A are valid straights, but a 2-A-K-Q-J hand is not. 5-4-3-2-A is the lowest kind of straight, the top card being the five. No the best poker hand you can get but with odds of 1 in 254 one you will see more commonly.

Three of a Kind

6 8 8 8 Q - Odds: 1 in 46.

Three of a Kind

The three of a kind poker hand is made up of three cards of the same rank plus two other cards. The three of a kind hand 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. So for example if one poker player has 5-5-5-3-2 it would beat 4-4-4-K-Q. 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, and if those are equal, the lower odd card is compared.

Two Pair

8 8 6 6 Q - Odds 1 in 20.

Two Pair

A two pair poker hand is as it sounds, two cards of equal rank. In a poker hand with two pairs, the two pairs are of different ranks (otherwise you would have four of a kind), it doesn’t matter what the fifth card is. When comparing hands with two pairs, the hand with the highest pair wins, irrespective of the rank of the other cards - so J-J-2-2-4 beats 10-10-9-9-8 because the jacks beat the tens. If the higher pairs are equal, the lower pairs are compared, so that for example 8-8-6-6-3 beats 8-8-5-5-K. Finally, if both pairs are the same, the odd cards are compared, so Q-Q-5-5-8 beats Q-Q-5-5-4.

Pair

9 8 3 3 5 - Odds: 1 in 4

Pair

A pair poker hand is made up of two cards of equal rank and three other cards. When comparing two such hands, the hand with the higher pair is better - so for example 6-6-4-3-2 beats 5-5-A-K-Q. If the pairs are equal, compare the highest ranking odd cards from each poker hand; if these are equal compare the second highest odd card, and if these are equal too compare the lowest odd cards. So J-J-A-9-3 beats J-J-A-8-7 because the 9 beats the 8.

High Card

6 8 A 10 Q

High Card

The high card poker hand is the lowest poker hand you can get and one not worth holding onto. This poker hand is five cards which do not form any of the poker hands listed above. When comparing two high card hands, the poker hand with the highest card wins. If the highest cards are equal the second cards are compared and so on, just as they are above. For example is a player has a A-J-9-5-3 that would beat a A-10-9-6-4 because the jack beats the ten.



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