Poker Hand Rankings

Player with the higher hand ranking wins the game.


1. Straight Flush

A straight flush is a hand with five cards in sequence and all with the same suit.
Example: ♣10 ♣ 9 ♣ 8 ♣ 7 ♣6

Two straight flush hands are compared by the highest card, not suit. For example, heart(5 to 9) beats spade(4-8), and diamond(2-6) ties with club(2-6). The smallest straight flush is (ace to 5) despite the suit and the biggest straight flush is (10-Ace), also known as the Royal Flash.

Probability of Straight Flush: 0.0015%

Second Highest:

2. Four of a Kind

Four of a kind contains four cards with the same rank

Example: ♦6 ♣6 ♥ 6 ♠6

Hands with higher rank cards (four of a kind) beat lower rank ones. For example, four Kings beats four Jacks.

Probability: 0.024%

Third Highest

3. Full House

Full House contains three matching cards and a pair of two matching cards of another kind.

Example: ♣6 ♥ 6 ♠6 ♦J ♠J

If two hands have full house, the hand with higher ranking three cards, not pair wins.
Probability: 0.14%

4. Flush

Flush is a hand with five cards of the same suit.

Example: ♣7 ♣9 ♣K ♣J ♣10

When two flush are compared, the hand with the higher ranking card wins. The suit does not matter. For example, heart(6, 8, 10, J, K) beats spade(2, 8, 9, J, Q).

Probability: 0.20%

5. Straight

Straight is a hand with five cards in ranked succession

Example: 5♣ 4♦ 3♠ 2♠ A♥

Ace can be a high card or a low card in a straight. When two straights are compared, the one with a higher ranking card wins.

Probability: 0.39%

6. Three of a Kind

Like the title states, this occurs when you have three matched cards.

Example: J♣ J♦ J♠

When two “three of a kind” are compared, the one with the higher ranking cards wins. For example, three Jacks beats three tens.

Probability: 2.1%

7. Two Pairs

This hand contains two pairs.

Example: ♦4 ♠4 ♥Q ♠Q

The hand with the bigger pair wins.

Probability: 4.75%

8. One Pair

This hand has one pair.

Example: ♦10 ♠10

The hand with the bigger pair beats the hand a lower one. If two hands have the same pair, then the single cards are compared in rank.

Probability: 42%

9. High Card

This hand contains five cards of different rank and do not fall into any categories listed above.

Example: 8♣ 4♦ 7♠ 2♠ A♥

Ace has the highest rank and two has the lowest. If two hands are compared for High card, the hand with a higher rank card wins.

Probability: 50%

To generalize, a higher rank hand beats a lower one; for example, a royal flush beats a straight flush which beats a full house which beats a four of a kind which beats a flush which beats straight and so on. The lowest rank hand is High Card and the highest is Royal Flush.

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