Hand Rank in poker

Looking for what beats what in poker? Here I take you through the hand rank in poker, from the poker high hands right down to the lowest.

Royal FlushHand Royal Flush
The best possible hand rank in poker, a series of cards, all of the same suit ranking Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten.



Straight FlushHand Straight Flush
A five card sequence where all the cards are of the same suit. For instance, 5,6,7,8,9 of diamonds is a Straight Flush. If two straights should tie, the one containing the highest card wins. Should both hands contain the same high card, the pot is split.


Four-of-a-KindHand Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank with one card of varying rank. The highest ranking four-of-a-kind would win in the event of a tie.



Full HouseHand Full House
Comprised of both a three-of-a-kind (three cards with the same rank) and a pair (two cards with the same rank). An example would be K-K-K-6-6. If two full house poker hands should tie, the hand containing the higher three-of-a-kind wins. (5-5-5-2-2 beats 3-3-3-A-A).


FlushHand Flush
Poker hand rank that consists of 5 cards of the same suit. In the case of a tie, the hand with the highest card wins. Should the high cards be the same rank, the next highest cards are compared (and so on).


StraightHand Straight
Five cards in sequence, of mixed suits. Should straights tie, the hand with the highest card wins. Should the hands be identical in rank, the pot is split. “Around the corner” (K-A-2-3-4) straights are NOT allowed.


Three-of-a-KindHand Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same rank with two other cards of varying rank (not a pair). The highest ranking three-of-a-kind would win in the event of a tie.



Two PairHand Two Pair
Contains two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank, and a dissimilar fifth card. Ties are awarded to the higher of the “high” pair, followed by the higher of the “low” pairs, and finally by the remaining card.


One PairHand Pair
Contains one set of cards with the same rank. Highest pair wins ties. If both pairs are the same, highest card wins. Followed by next highest card and so on.



High Card– the weakest of the poker hand ranks. The highest ranking card wins the pot. In the event of a tie, the next highest card wins, and so on.