Poker Hand Ranking : Learn the Best Poker Hand

The winner of each poker hand is the player who has the strongest combination of cards, using any combination of "pocket" cards and "community" cards. The combinations are listed here from strongest to weakest hand. Each combination is illustrated by an example, where the following abbreviations are used: C - Clubs, D - Diamonds, H - Hearts, S - Spades; J - Jack, Q - Queen, K - King, A - Ace.

  • Royal Flush Straight flush from 10 to the ace. Example: 10S, JS, QS, KS, AS
  • Straight Flush Straight with all five cards of the same suit. Example: 7D, 8D, 9D, 10D, JD
  • Four of a Kind Four cards of the same rank. Suit is irrelevant. Example: JC, JD, JH, JS
  • Full House Three cards of one rank together with two cards of another rank. When more than one full house is competing, the one with the highest ranking group of three wins. Example: QH, QS, KD, KC, KH
  • Flush Five cards of the same suit. When more than one flush is competing, the one with the highest card wins.Example: AS, 5S, 7S, 9S, JS
  • Straight Five cards in sequence. When more than one straight is competing, the one with the highest card wins. An ace can be taken as either high or low (but not both high and low in the same hand). Example: 8, 9, 10, J, Q; suit is irrelevant.
  • Three of a Kind Three cards of the same rank.Example: KH, KD, KC
  • Two Pair Any two cards of one rank together with two cards of another rank. When more than one hand has two pairs of the same rank, the hand with the highest card outside the paired cards wins. Example: JC, JH, QS, QD
  • One Pair Two cards of the same rank. In case two hands have pairs, the highest pair wins. When more than one hand has a pair of the same rank, the hand with the highest card outside the pair wins. Example: 10C, 10S
  • Highest Card When players have none of the above, the hand with the highest card wins.