Poker Hand Rankings

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Hand Rankings in Poker

The chart below is a list of traditional poker hand rankings. They are listed from high to low.

A Royal Flush An ace high straight flush. A, K, Q, J, 10, all of the same suit.

A Straight Flush

A hand consisting of 5 cards in sequence, that are all also of the same suit. Should there be more than 1 straight flush in a particular hand, the winner will be determined by the high card.

Four of a Kind

A hand containing 4 cards of the same denomination,

A Full House

This is a hand that contains 3 cards of the same denomination, in addition to, 2 cards of the same denomination.

A Flush

This occurs when all 5 cards, in your hand, are of the same suit.

A Straight

This happens when all 5 cards, that you are holding, are in sequential order.

Three of a Kind

When your hand contains 3 cards of the same denomination.

Two Pair

A hand that contains 2 cards with the same denomination, as well as, another 2 cards with the same denomination.

One Pair

You have 1 pair if 2 of the cards in your hand are of the same denomination.

High Card

When there is no combination of a pair, or better. When 2, or more, players show down hands ranked lower than a pair, the winner is decided by the hand with the highest card. If there is a tie of each players highest card, the next highest card in each hand is compared, and so on, until either a winner is decided or the hand is determined to be a tie, known as a split pot.

Many poker games are based upon high hand rankings, such as Texas Holdem, Omaha, 7 card stud, and 5 card draw. There are also a number of poker games where the order of the above hand rankings is turned upside down making the lowest hand be the strongest hand. 5 card draw lowball is an example of a poker game played exclusively for the lowest hand, while there are also a number of other poker games that are played both high and low. Omaha is a poker game played for high hands, Omaha (8 or better) is played for both high and low, however, to qualify for a low hand you must have an 8 low or better. After the final betting round, if there is more than one player remaining in the pot and one of them has an 8 or better for low, the pot would be split between the best high and the best low hand.