Hand Rankings in Poker

As in most card games, the highest hand wins in poker. Here we will show you the hand rankings from best to worst. At the bottom, you will find an instructional video on which hands to play, and which to fold. Bookmark this page for reference until you have the rankings in your backbone.  Good luck!
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Royal Flush

A, K, Q, J, 10, all the same suit. The Royal Flush is the highest of all poker hands.

Straight Flush

A Straight Flush is any connecting straight cards, like 10-9-8-7-6, all of the same suit. A Straight Flush beats Four-of-a-Kind.


Four cards of the same ranking but not in the same suit. For example, 5-5-5-5-K.  Four-of-a-Kind beats a Full House.

Full House

A pair and three of a kind in the same hand. For example, 10-10-10-8-8 is a “Tens full of Eights” Full House.  A Full House beats a flush.


Consists of five cards all of the same suit but not in numerical order. For example A-K-5-4-2 flush in spades has the same poker ranking as an A-K-5-4-2 in clubs. A Flush beats a straight.


A Straight is any five connected cards in a row. For example, 10-9-8-7-6. The highest possible Straight is A-K-Q-J-10 (also called “Broadway”). A Straight beats three of a kind.


Three cards of the same rank and two non-paired cards. For Example, Q-Q-Q-7-6. Three of a kind beats two pair.

Two Pair

Two Cards of the same rank and two cards of another rank. For example,  8-8-7-7-3.  Two Pair beats a pair.

One Pair

One Pair is just a single pair, nothing more. For example, Q-Q-6-9-2.

A Pair beats High Card.

High Card

High card is the lowest possible poker hand in Texas Hold’em, Made of any 5 cards. For example, A-Q-6-5-10.