Hand Rankings

Hand Rankings

Learn the Hand Rankings before going to play poker

First, become familiar with a standard deck of cards. The cards are ranked in the following order (from lowest to highest):

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, T, J, Q, K, A

It is important to note that in traditional poker hands, aces command the highest ranking, but can also be used in an ace-to-five straight (more on this later). In a standard deck, there are 4 of each ranked card, each of a different suit: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.

The following are a list of poker hands with examples, ranked from highest to lowest:

Straight Flush – All five cards share the same suit and are also in consecutive numerical order.

Example: 8c 9c Tc Jc Qc

The best possible straight flush is ten-ace and is known as a “Royal Flush.”

Four of a Kind – Four cards that share the same ranking, along with one other unrelated card. Four of a Kind is often called “Quads.”

Example: 9c 9h 9s 9d 2h

Full House – A single pair along with three of a kind.

Example: 3h 3d 3c Kd Ks

Flush – All five cards share the same suit, although not in consecutive numerical order.

Example: 5d Kd 9d 6d Ad

Straight – Five cards that are in consecutive numerical order, but do all share the same suit.

Example: 8d 9c Td Js Qc

Three of a Kind – Three cards that share the same ranking, along with two unrelated unpaired cards. When you use two cards from your hand and one from the board to make three of a kind, it is referred to as a Set. When you use two cards from the board and one from your hand, it is called Trips.

Example: 5d 8h Kd 5c 5s

Two Pairs – Two cards of the same ranking along with another two cards of the same ranking, with one unrelated card.

Example: Th Tc As Ac 2d

One Pair – Two cards with matching rankings along with three unrelated cards.

Example: 6h 6d 9d Qh Kc

High Card – A five card hand that doesn’t qualify for any hands listed above, and is instead ranked by the highest card.

Example: 4h 9d Kc 7d 6h

In this example, this is simply a high card King.

Check also the following video that explains them also