Poker Hand Rankings

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All hand rankings

HIGH CARD

high card

The weakest hand in poker. If you can’t make any of the following hands, the highest card plays. In this example, the board is king high.

ONE PAIR

One pair

When you hold two cards of the same value you have one pair. In this hand, you have a pair of aces.

TWO PAIR

two pair

If you have two different pairs in your hand, then you have “two pair“. In this hand, you have two pair, tens and sixes.

THREE OF A KIND

three of a kind

If you have three cards of the same rank, you have “three of a kind.” This can also be referred to as “trips” or “a set” depending on the formation of the hand.

If you already have a pair in your hand, and a card of the same value is dealt on the board, you have “a set.”

If two of the cards on the board on the value are the same as the value of one of the cards in your hand, you have “trips.”

STRAIGHT

straight

A “straight” is five consecutive cards of different suites. In this example, you have a “six high straight.” If two players have a straight, then the highest card wins.

FLUSH

flush

A “flush” consists of five non-consecutive cards of the same suit. If two players have a Flush, the player with the highest card wins.

FULL HOUSE

full house

A “full house” consists of three of a kind and a pair. In this example, you have “kings full of tens” because you have three kings and two tens.

FOUR OF A KIND

four of a kind

If you have four cards of the same rank, you have “Four of a kind“, also known as “quads”.

STRAIGHT FLUSH

Straight flush

A “straight flush” is five consecutive cards of the same suit. If two players have a straight flush, the highest card wins.

ROYAL FLUSH

royal flush

The strongest hand in poker and exceptionally rare. A “royal flush” is a straight from ten to ace with all five cards of the same suit.


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