Poker Hands List

General Poker Hand Ranking Rules

A poker hand must always consist of five cards. If more than five cards are available, a player should choose the best set of five cards according to the game rules.

Hands are always ranked first by category, then by individual card ranks. This means that even the lowest qualifying hand in a specific category of poker hands will beat all possible hands that fall into lower categories. If two hands are in the same category, poker card ranks will be used to determine the winner.

Poker Hand Ranking Categories

The eight poker hand categories are listed in order below, from highest to lowest:

  1. Straight Flush
  2. Four of a Kind (‘Quads’)
  3. Full House (‘Full Boat’)
  4. Straight
  5. Three of a Kind (A ‘Set’ or ‘Trips’)
  6. Two Pair
  7. Pair
  8. High Card (‘No Pair’)

Straight Flush

A straight flush is a poker hand such which contains five suited cards in sequence to create a straight and a flush. If two straight flushes are up against each other, the higher card will win. Aces can be used in low and high straight flushes. A Royal Flush occurs in an ace-high straight flush: Ah Kh Qh Jh 10h hand is an unbeatable poker hand.

Four of a Kind

Four of a kind is a poker hand containing four cards of one rank. In poker games such as Texas Hold ‘Em, where two or more players can obtain the same quad, the unmatched card acts as a kicker, so 8s 8c 8h 8 d Jh. defeats 8s 8c 8h 8d Ah.

Full House

A full house contains three matching cards of one rank, and two matching cards of another rank. The hand is first ranked by the higher set and then by the higher pair.

Flush

A flush contains five suited, but non-sequential cards. The highest card flush wins. If hands share a high card, the rest of the cards will be compared until a winner is found.

Straight

A straight is a poker hand containing five unsuited, sequenced cards. The straight ending on the highest card will take the pot.

Three of a kind

Three of a kind contains three cards of the same rank and two unmatched cards. If two hands share the same ranking trips, kickers are used to determine a winner.

Two Pair

Two Pair contains two cards of the same rank, plus two cards of another rank and an unmatched card.

One Pair

One pair is a poker hand such which contains two cards of the same rank. If two hands have the same pair, the kicker is used to determine a winner.

High Card

If a hand fails to fall into any of the above categories, the highest card will determine the winner.