Hand Ranking

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In texas hold em poker, players compare five card hands against each other to determine who wins. A player with a flush has a better hand than a player with a straight…confused? Below yousee a list of all poker hands ranked from best to worst.

INDIVIDUAL CARDS:

ranking

Cards are ranked (high) A-K-Q-J-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2 (low).

HIGH CARD:

highcard

A poker hand in which no cards have the same rank, the five cards are in different sequence, and the five cards are not all the same suit. It is the lowest ranked poker hand.
Example: K (hearts), J (spades), 5 (spades), 4 (clubs), 2 (diamonds).

ONE PAIR:

onepair

A poker hand in which two cards are of the same rank with three unmatched cards. It is higher than a high and the second lowest ranked poker hand.
Example: 9(d), 9(h), 3(c), 5(s), 7(s).

TWO PAIR:

twopair

A poker hand in which there are two cards of one rank and two cards of another rank, and one unmatched card. When more than one hand has two pairs of the rank, the hand with the highest card outside the paired card wins.
Example: 9, 9, 8, 8, 5

THREE OF A KIND:

threeofakind

Three cards of the same rank plus two other cards
Example: 9, 9, 9, K, 10

STRAIGHT:

straight

Five cards of mixed suit in sequence. When there is more than one straight, the one with the highest card wins.
Example: 7(c), 8(d), 9(c), 10(h), J(s)

FLUSH:

flush

Five cards of the same suit. When comparing two flushes, the one with the highest card wins.
Example: k(s), 10(s), 9(s), 6(s), 4(s)

FULL HOUSE:

fullhouse

Three cards of one rank together with two cards of another rank. When comparing full houses, the rank of the three cards determines which hand is higher.
Example: 2, 2, 2, 4, 4

FOUR OF A KIND:

4ofkind

Four cards of the same rank. Four of a kind is sometimes known as “quads.”
Example: 9, 9, 9, 9, 4

STRAIGHT FLUSH:

straightflush

Straight with all five cards of the same suit. The cards cannot “turn the corner”
Example: 6(s), 7(s), 8(s), 9(s), 10(s)

ROYAL FLUSH

royalflush

This is the highest poker hand. It is a straight flush from 10 to ace.
Example: 10(h), J(h), Q(h), K(h), A(h)