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Poker Hand Ranks (best to worst)

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  • Royal Flush - The best possible hand. Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit.

  • Straight Flush - A straight flush is a straight (5 cards in order, such as 7-8-9-10-J) that are all of the same suit. As in a regular straight, you can have an ace either high (A-K-Q-J-T) or low (A-2-3-4-5). You can not use the Ace in a wraparound and example would be K-A-2-3-4, which is not a straight.

  • Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank like four Aces or Four Kings. If there are two or more hands that qualify, the hand with the higher-rank four of a kind wins.

  • Full House - A full house is a three of a kind and a pair, such as K-K-K-2-2. When there are two full houses the tie is broken by the three of a kind. An example would be J-J-J-5-5 would beat 9-9-9-A-A. If for some reason the three of a kind cannot determine the victor then you go to the pair to decide (this would only happen in a game with wild cards).

  • Flush - A flush is a hand where all of the cards are the same suit, such as A-J-9-7-5, all of Diamonds. When flushes ties, follow the rules for High Card.

  • Straight - Five cards in rank order, but not of the same suit (it can be any combination of the four suits). An example of a straight is 2-3-4-5-6. The Ace can either be high or low card, either A-2-3-4-5 or 10-J-Q-K-A. Wraparounds are not allowed (an example being K-A-2-3-4). When two straights tie, the highest straight wins, K-Q-J-10-9 would beat 5-4-3-2-A. If two straights have the same value, AKQJT vs AKQJT, the pot is split.

  • Three of a Kind - Three cards of any rank with the remaining cards not being a pair (that would be a full house if it were). Once again the highest ranking three of a kind would win. K-K-K-2-4 would beat Q-Q-Q-2-3. If both are the same rank (only in a wild card game), then the High Card rule come into effect with the remaining two.

  • Two Pair - Two distinct pairs of card and a 5th card. The highest ranking pair wins ties. If both hands have the same high pair, the second pair wins. If both hands have the same pairs, the high card wins.

  • Pair - One pair with three distinct cards. Highest ranking pair wins. High card breaks ties.

  • High Card - When a hand has none of the above qualifications of any of the ones listed above, nobody has even a pair or better, then it comes down to who is holding the highest ranking card. If there is a tie for the high card then the next high card determines the pot, if that card is a tie than it continues down till the third, fourth, and fifth card. The High card is also used to break ties when the high hands both have the same type of hand (pair, flush, straight, etc).
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Royal Flush A K Q J 10 Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 all of the same suit.
Straight Flush K Q J 10 9 Five cards in numerical sequence and of the same suit (e.g. 9,10,J,Q,K all Diamonds)
Four of a Kind J J J J 6

Four cards of the same rank regardless of suit (e.g. four Jacks)

Full House  Q Q Q A A

Three of a kind and a pair (e.g. three Queens and two Aces)

Flush 8 5 9 6 10

Five cards of the same suit (e.g. 5 Hearts)

Straight 10 9 8 7 6

Five cards in sequence. Ace considered to be high or low (e.g. 6,7,8,9,10)

Three of a Kind 7 7 7 8 6

Three cards of the same rank (e.g. three 7's)

Two Pair 10 10 8 8 5 Two pairs (e.g. two 10's and two 8's)
Pair J J 9 10 5

Two cards of the same rank (e.g. two Jacks)

High Card K 4 J 3 9 Highest single card (e.g. King)


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