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Poker Hand Rankings

Poker Hand Rankings
A standard pack of 52 cards is used. The ace is the high card, but it can also be used as the low card depending on your hand.

Despite the many different types of Poker Game Variants, the ranking of Poker hands is always consistent. While online poker games are almost always played with a 52-card deck, the Joker is sometimes used for Draw style games and is never used when playing ‘flop games’ like Texas Hold’em. All poker hand rankings are made from the best five cards available, and suits are not ranked.

Hand Rankings

Below you see the hands you can get in poker. Number 1 is the best possible hand and number 11 is the weakest.

1. 5 of A Kind

Royal Flush
When using a joker or wildcards then “Five of a Kind” is the best hand in online poker. However, as already mentioned that 5 of a kind is not available in flop games such as Texas Holdem. Cards are ranked with Ace as the highest card, and then face cards down to the two, or Deuce. Because of this a hand of five aces, with four aces and a joker, is the best possible hand in online poker.

2. Royal Flush

Royal Flush

In online poker where the joker is not in play, then the best possible hand is the “Straight Flush.” This is five cards of the same suit in consecutive order and the same suit. (the Ace of clubs, King of clubs, Queen, Jack and Ten of clubs for example. (In Spades, Diamonds, Hearts or Clubs)

3. Straight Flush

Straight Flush

A Straight Flush is all five cards in the same suit. For example, the Jack of clubs, 10 of clubs, 9, 8 and 7 of clubs for example. (In Spades, Diamonds, Hearts or Clubs)

4. Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind

After the Straight Flush is a “Four of a Kind,” which are four cards of the same number or value, with any card as a fifth. The higher ranking of the four cards the better the hand, for example, four nines beat out four eights in online poker and so on.

5. Full House

Full House

A “Full House” in online poker is three cards of the same rank combined with another pair from a different rank, (three Queens and two fours, or three fives and two Aces). Three cards of one number or face value and two cards of another number or face value. If more then one player has a full house, the full house with the highest ranking three-of-a-kind wins.

6. Flush


After a Full House comes the “Flush,” with five cards of the same suit is the best hand in online poker. The cards are not in consecutive order, and different hands are ranked in order of the highest card down. A Flush that starts with an Ace and then skips down to a 7,6,4,3 still beats a Queen, 10,8,6,3. If two flushes have the same cards then the pot is split.

7. Straight


A straight is five cards in sequence. Cards Can be in any suit and an ace can be used as high or low. As an example, a hand with 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of any suit constitutes a straight hand. Where there are two straights in the same game by two separate players, the player with the highest card wins.

8. Three of a kind

Three of a kind

Three cards of the same number or face value with two additional cards. These two separate cards are called a kicker. When two players in a game both have a 3-of-A-Kind, the player with the highest card rank wins. For example, three Kings beat three Jacks. If cards are of the same rank for example both players have 3 Jacks, then the highest kicker is used to determine the winning hand, then the second kicker if necessary. A 3-of-A-Kind is also referred to as a set or trips, however, in Texas Holdem, the 3-of-A-kind is only a set only when the player has pocket pairs with the 3rd card to make up the 3-of-A-Kind on the board.

9. Two Pair

Two Pair

A Pair is two cards of the same number with another two cards consisting of another number, with one final card called the kicker. If two players have two pairs, the hand with the highest pair wins. Where both players have the same ranking cards for pairs, the kicker card determines the winning hand.

10. One Pair

One Pair

Two cards of the same number or value. The player with the highest number valued pair wins, where two players both have a Pair. Where both players have the same ranked card as a pair, the highest kicker card (3 remaining cards of different ranks) determines the winning hand.

11. High card

High card

The hand with the highest card wins. The Ace is the highest card with two the lowest. Where both cards have the same number ranked high card, the next high card is used to determine the winning hand.

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Are Poker hands different depending on the Poker variant I am playing?

Largely, no. While Poker’s popularity has managed to spawn dozens of different variations, the rules about the hand rankings remain the same. Obviously, some minor differences may occur, however, it largely remains consistent.


What is the best hand I can get in Poker?

Depending on the rules and the amount of cards in a deck you are using, the best hand you can get in Poker is either going to be 4 or 5 of a kind. What this means is, that you’ve acquired four cards that are the same in value (an example would be 4 Jacks). In a deck where you incorporate the Joker, 5 of a kind means that you’ve gotten four cards of the same value and you are also holding the joker as well.


What is the worst hand in Poker?

The worst hand you can get in Poker, obviously, is to have all your cards be off different value or suit. In other words, you can’t pair anything up to get a positive result.


What happens if both players don’t have any pairs?

If both players have drawn up a bad hand, with absolutely no way to pair the card, the winner is the player who has the highest card in their hand. For example, if the highest card in your hand is a Jack, and your opponent’s highest card is a 9, you’ve won the match, and the pot.


What is a Flush in Poker?

In Poker, a flush is one of the best combos you can get. A flush is a hand in which all of the cards are of the same suit. They don’t necessarily have to come in sequence. All they really need to be, is the same suit. For example, if you’ve been dealt 4, 5, 10, Jack and King, and all five are diamonds, that is a Flush.


What is a Straight Flush?

A Straight Flush is similar to a flush. However, it is a better hand, simply due to the fact that straight flush is harder to get. You see a straight flush is really just a sequence of cards that follow each other and are of the same suit. Each card in the sequence is bigger than the next by one. For example: if all of your cards are clubs and their numbers are 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, you have a straight flush on your hand.


What is a Royal Flush?

Royal Flush is the second strongest hand in Poker, after 5 of a kind. In essence, a royal flush is the same as a straight flush. Except the cards are 10+. For example, a 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of hearts comprises a Royal Flush.


What happens if two (or more) players get 2 of a kind?

For those who don’t know, two of a kind (or 1 pair) is a hand in which the player only has 1 pair of cards (for example 2 10s, 2 Jacks, etc.). If two or more players get 2 of a kind, the player with the better pair wins the pot.


What is the strongest card in Poker?

The ace is the strongest card in Poker. This means that, if you get a pair of aces, and an opponent gets a pair of kings, the Pair of Aces trumps the kings and you win the pot.


What is a Full House?

A full house is a hand in Poker that pairs 2 of a kind with three of a kind. For example, if you have been dealt two aces and three Jacks, you have a full house on your hands. Full house is one of the best hands you can deal, and beats out a Flush, however, not a straight or royal flush.

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