Poker hands ranked from best to worst

The full list of all ten Poker hand rankings in Texas hold’em, from highest to lowest, plus your odds of drawing each Poker hand in a game.

As pros always say, winning at Poker is about playing the people more than playing the odds – but you’ve still got to know the ten Poker hands inside and out if you want to make canny decisions and game-winning plays. This guide ranks every Texas hold’em Poker hand from best to worst, showing you what beats what, as well as the probability of drawing each hand in a game.

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The Poker hands, from best to worst, are:

Ranking Hand Probability Odds
1 Royal flush 0.0002% 649,739 to 1
2 Straight flush 0.001% 72,192 to 1
3 Four of a kind 0.02% 4,165 to 1
4 Full house 0.1% 693 to 1
5 Flush 0.2% 509 to 1
6 Straight 0.4% 254 to 1
7 Three of a kind 2.1% 46 to 1
8 Two pair 4.8% 20 to 1
9 Pair 42.3% 1.4 to 1
10 High card 50.1% 0.99 to 1

Poker hands royal flush

Royal flush

A Royal flush is the best poker hand possible. It’s made up of five consecutive cards of the same suit, running from ace to ten. That means you’re looking for an ace, king, queen, jack, and ten – get all of those, and you’re in for a winner.

Beats Beaten by
Straight Flush
Four of a kind
Full house
Flush
Straight
Three of a kind
Two pair
Pair
High card

Poker hands straight flush

Straight flush

A Straight flush consists of any five cards in sequential order, all of the same suit. For example, that might be 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of spades, or 9, 10, jack, queen, and king of hearts. A straight flush can be beaten by a royal flush, or another straight flush that contains cards of a higher number.

Beats Beaten by
Four of a kind Royal Flush
Full house
Flush
Straight
Three of a kind
Two pair
Pair
High card

Poker hands four of a kind

Four of a kind

Sometimes known as quads, Four of a kind consists of four cards of the same value, such as four kings. If two players both have four of a kind, then the player with the higher value quad wins.

Beats Beaten by
Full house Royal Flush
Flush Straight Flush
Straight
Three of a kind
Two pair
Pair
High card

Poker hands full house

Full house

A Full house contains three cards of a single value, and two cards of another value. This poker hand effectively consists of three of a kind, plus a pair. So, that could be three jacks plus two fives.

A full house can be beaten by another full house that contains a higher value three of kind.

Beats Beaten by
Flush Royal Flush
Straight Straight Flush
Three of a kind Four of a kind
Two pair
Pair
High card

Poker hands flush

Flush

A Flush is comprised of five cards all of the same suit. They don’t need to be sequential in value, so something like a jack, seven, five, king, and nine of spades would qualify. If two players both have a flush, then the flush containing the highest value card is the winning poker hand.

Beats Beaten by
Straight Royal Flush
Three of a kind Straight Flush
Two pair Four of a kind
Pair Full house
High card

Poker hands straight

Straight

A Straight is a poker hand that contains five sequential cards that are not all of the same suit. For instance, five, six, seven, eight, and nine of diamonds, hearts, and spades all mixed together counts as a straight.

An ace can count either ‘high’ – which means its value is above a king – or ‘low’ – in which case its value is below a two, but can’t count as both simultaneously in the same poker hand. That prevents you from creating a straight that wraps around the card values from a king to a two.

Beats Beaten by
Three of a kind Royal Flush
Two pair Straight Flush
Pair Four of a kind
High card Full house
Flush

Poker hands three of a kind

Three of a kind

Sometimes known as a set, Three of a kind consists of three cards of the same value. For example, three sevens. When two players both have three of a kind in their hand, the player with the higher-value set will win.

Beats Beaten by
Two pair Royal Flush
Pair Straight Flush
High card Four of a kind
Full house
Flush
Straight

Poker hands two pair

Two pair

Two pair is a poker hand that contains two cards of a single value, plus two cards of another value. That might be two queens alongside two eights.

If two players both have a two pair, then the player with the highest value pair in their hand wins. If, by some chance, both players have the same highest-value pair (such as, if they both have a pair of aces), then the player with the higher second pair will win.

Beats Beaten by
Pair Royal Flush
High card Straight Flush
Four of a kind
Full house
Flush
Straight
Three of a kind

Poker hands pair

Pair

A Pair – a.k.a. One Pair – is two cards of the same value. The rest of this poker hand is comprised of three cards of other values.

A pair can be beaten by another pair of a higher value. If two players both have a pair of the same value, then the player with the next highest-value card wins.

Beats Beaten by
High card Royal Flush
Straight Flush
Four of a kind
Full house
Flush
Straight
Three of a kind
Two pair

Poker hands high card

High card

A High card – also known as ‘No Pair’ is essentially having no Poker hand at all. If you don’t have any of the hands above, then you’ve got a High card. If all players have only a High card, then the player with the highest-value card in their hand wins.

Beats Beaten by
Royal Flush
Straight Flush
Four of a kind
Full house
Flush
Straight
Three of a kind
Two pair
 High card

High and low Poker hand rankings

Not every game treats the poker hand rankings the same. In ‘high’ games, such as Texas hold’em and Seven-card stud, higher-ranking hands beat lower-ranking ones.

However, in ‘low’ games, such as razz, the opposite is true: the hand that ranks the lowest will be the winner. That means a two pair will beat three of a kind.

In a final variation, called high-low split games, both the highest-ranking and lowest-ranking hands win, with that game’s winnings often divided between the two players. When it comes to forming a poker hand, make sure you know if you’re playing a high, low, or high-low split game when you start.

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