Learning hand rankings is a first step toward being able to play most poker variants such as Texas Hold’em. A poker hand consists of five cards. They fall into one of several categories such as flush, straight, three of a kind or two pair. The player with the highest ranked poker hand is the winner, so it is essential to understand the correct poker hand rankings.
Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Five Card Draw and Seven Card Stud are variants of poker that utilize the traditional ‘high’ poker hand rankings.
In order from highest to lowest:
Royal Flush: Royal Flush is straight from ten to ace with all five cards of the same suit. For example, A-K-Q-J-T of Spades.
Straight Flush: A Straight Flush is a five card straight. all of the same suit. For example, 8-9-10-J-Q of Diamonds.
Four of a Kind: Quads, or four of a kind, are four cards of equal value. For example, four Queens. Q-Q-Q-Q-7
Full House: A full house contains a set (3) of cards of one value as well as a pair of another value. For example, J-J-J-7-7
Flush: A flush is any five cards, all of the same suit. For example, Q-J-8-6-2 all of clubs.
Straight: Five cards of sequential value. For example, 5-6-7-8-9 of varying suits. Every possible straight will contain either a 5 or a 10.
Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same Value. For example, three Kings. (K-K-K-7-8)
Two Pairs: This is a combination of two cards of one value and another two cards of a different value. For example, two aces and two nines. (A-A-9-9-2)
Pair: One pair is two cards of the same value. For example, two fives. (Q-J-5-5-3)
High Card: Any hand that does not qualify under a category listed above is a High Card. For example, A-J-7-8-2.
In case of a tie, the highest card wins, and if necessary – the second highest, third highest, fourth highest and smallest card can be used to break the tie.