Poker Hand Rankings Reference List

Poker hand rankings often confuse new poker players, but the more you play poker, the easier they are to remember. Below, we list poker hand rankings from best to worst that can print and refer to until you learn them.

At the beginning of every poker game, each player is dealt five cards. These cards are called a hand. There are ten different hands that help players to make bets or leave the game. The player with the highest hand at the end of the game is the winner.

Here's a guide to the possible poker hands, in order from highest to lowest.

  1. Royal Flush: A ten, jack, queen, king and ace of the same suit. This hand guarantees a win.
  2. Straight Flush: Five cards in ascending order from the same suit. It's important to remember that hands that "wrap around" (such as a hand of a jack, queen, king, ace and 2), don't count as a straight flush. If two players have a straight flush, the straight with the highest card wins.
  3. Four-of-a-Kind: Four cards of the same number and one card of a different number. If two players have this hand, the player with the higher number on the four cards wins.
  4. Full House: Three cards of a same number paired with two cards another same number. If two players have a full house, the tie is broken by the three of a kind first, then the pair.
  5. Flush: All five cards are of the same suit. In a tie, the player with the highest card wins.
  6. Straight: Five cards from any suit in ascending order. This hand also excludes "wrap around" hands. If two players have a straight, the player whose straight reaches a higher card wins.
  7. Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same number and two random cards.
  8. Two Pair: Two pairs of cards with the same number and one random card.
  9. One Pair: A pair of cards with the same number and three random cards. If two players have a one pair hand, the person with the higher number pair wins.
  10. High Card: If no players have a hand, the player with the highest-valued card wins. If there is a high card tie, move to the next highest card and so on.

Remember to keep your "poker face" on, no matter what your hand. The key to being a good poker player is to make sure your opponents can't tell if you have a good or bad hand.

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