Poker Hand Rankings

All Poker games use a customary 52 card deck. The four different suits carry no advantage over each other and are equal in weight. The following are the official poker hand rankings in descending order. We have included the probability of being dealt each hand in brackets.

royal-flush

Royal Flush
The best possible hand in Poker – comprising of Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suit.

straight_flush

Straight Flush
Five cards of the same suit in consecutive numerical order. The higher the numerical value of cards the better the hand.

Four Of a Kind

Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank, for example four Queens.

full-house

Full House
A combination of a pair of cards of the same rank and three cards of the same rank. The Three of a Kind counts first, so a Full House of Tens full of Fives (10, 10, 10 + 5,5) beats a Full House of Fives full of Tens (5,5,5 + 10,10)

flush

Flush
Five cards of the same suit, for example five spades.

straight

Straight
Five cards in consecutive numerical order, but of mixed suit. An ace can be used as both a high and low card.

three-of-kind

Three of a Kind
Three of a Kind consists of three cards of the same rank.

two-pairs

Two Pairs
Two sets of cards of the same rank. When comparing hands with two pairs, the hand with the highest pair wins.

pair

A Pair
This hand is simply a pair of cards of the same rank, for example two Twos. If the pairs are equal, compare the next highest ranking cards from the rest of each player’s hand.

high-card

High Card
In the absence of any of the above hands, the highest card held by a player wins the hand. The highest card is an Ace.

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