Pictured below are the hands of poker, listed
in order from highest to lowest.
|| Royal Flush
Five cards in a row, 10 through Ace, all in the same suit.
A Royal Flush is actually the highest possible Straight Flush.
This is the best hand you can get in a game without wild cards.
Since suits have no bearing in poker, two players holding
Royal Flushes would tie. A Royal Flush ranks above any other
Straight Flush. The illustration shows a Royal Flush in Spades.
Five cards of the same suit in consecutive numerical order.
(An Ace high Straight Flush, as 10d Jd Qd Kd Ad, is given the
special name Royal Flush.) A Straight Flush ranks above Four
of a Kind. The illustration shows a 9-high Straight Flush.
|| Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank. Four of a Kind ranks above a
Full House and below a Straight Flush. The illustration shows
four Aces with a Deuce kicker(fifth card).
|| Full House
Any three of one rank plus two of another. Often identified
by the Three of a Kind. Three Kings and two 3s is a Full House,
often known as Kings Full, and sometimes more specifically
as Kings Full of 3s. Ties are broken first by the Three of
a Kind, then the Pair. So, for example, 4-4-4-2-2 beats 3-3-3-A-A.
In community-card games such as Hold'em and Omaha, more than
one player can have a Full House containing the same three
cards of one rank. So, for example, A-A-A-K-K beats A-A-A-Q-Q.
A Full House ranks above a Flush and below Four of a Kind.
The illustration shows Aces full of Kings.
Five cards of the same suit, not in sequence. A Flush is
often specified by its top one or two cards. For example,
Ah Kh 9h 4h 2h is called an Ace-King flush. (Five cards of
the same suit in sequence constitutes a special hand known
as a Straight Flush.) A Flush ranks above a Straight and below
a Full House. The illustration shows a King-high Spade
Any five consecutive cards of mixed suits. The Ace can be
high or low. A-K-Q-J-10, or an Ace-high Straight is the highest
Straight, and 5-4-3-2-A, a 5-high Straight, is the lowest Straight.
(Five cards of the same suit in sequence constitutes a special
hand known as a Straight Flush.) A Straight ranks above Three
of a Kind and below a Flush. The illustration shows a 9-high
|| Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same rank, plus two other unrelated cards.
The hand is often called Trips or, in community-card games,
a set. Three of a Kind ranks above Two Pair and below a Straight.
The illustration shows three Kings.
|| Two Pair
Two of one rank, plus two of another rank, plus an unrelated
card. For example, A-A-K-K-Q is Two Pair, known variously as
Two Pair, Aces and Kings; Aces Up; Aces Over; Aces over Kings;
Aces and Kings; Aces and. If both hands have the same high
Pair, the hand containing the higher second Pair wins. For
example, A-A-7-7-2 beats A-A-6-6-K. If both pairs tie, the
high card wins. For example, A-A-7-7-J beats A-A-7-7-9. Two
Pair ranks between One Pair and Three of a Kind. The illustration
shows Kings and 5s.
A hand containing two cards of the same rank, plus three
other unmatched cards. When two players have the same Pair,
the highest side card or cards wins. For example, J-J-A-3-2
beats J-J-K-Q-9; 4-4-A-K-2 beats 4-4-A-Q-9; A-A-9-8-7 beats
A-A-9-8-6. One Pair is the second-lowest category of hand,
coming between No Pair and Two Pair. The illustration shows
a pair of 9s.