Hand Ranking

Do I hold the best hand?

There are variation to the game, and what is considered as the highest ranking hand, but here we’ll take as our starting point games like Seven-card Stud and Texas Hold’em, which are played with a 52 card deck, and there is no joker.

These are the highest ranking cards in descending order, best hand first:

Royal flush

Royal flushThe highest possible ranked hand. To achieve this hand you need an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit.

Straight flush

Straight flushFive cards of the same suit in ascending order.

Full House

Full HouseThree of a kind and a pair. The player with the higher value three of a kind, wins in the event of a tie.


FlushA hand containing five cards of the same suit. If two players have the same hand the winner is the player holding the highest valued cards.


Straight Five cards of any suit in ascending order. The ace can be either high or low and the high straight wins the tie.


Three-of-a-kindThree of a kind is simply three cards of the same value.

Two pair

Two pairTwo sets of pairs.
The player holding the highest pair takes the pot in the event that more than one player is holding two pairs.

One pair

One pairOne pair of cards in a hand.

No pair

No pair

High Card

Highest card takes all in the event there is a complete absence of the above hands.

This is the easy part. Poker is much, much more than mastering the rules. Poker is not only about placing a bet and wining. Poker is also about good thinking and a good strategy

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