Poker Hand Rankings

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#1: Royal Flush

A royal flush is when you have 10-J-Q-K-A, all of the same suit. It is the highest straight flush (see next slide) possible.

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#2: Straight Flush

Five cards of the same suit, in order, such as 2-3-4-5-6 all of diamonds. If an ace is used in a low straight flush (A-2-3-4-5), it is a five high straight flush, not an ace high one.

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#3: Four of a Kind

Four of the same card, such as A-A-A-A-K.

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#4: Full House

Also known as a full boat, a full house is a set of three of the same card plus two other cards that match, such as 8-8-Q-Q-Q. The higher of the three of a kind wins in a showdown of full houses.

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#5: Flush

Five cards all of the same suit, but not in order, such as 4-6-9-J-A of spades. There is no primacy of suits; if two or more players have flushes, the player with the highest card in their flush wins. If those cards match, then the next highest card determines the winner and so on.

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#6: Straight

Five cards in a row, such as 5-6-7-8-9, but not all of the same suit, the higher the better.

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#7: Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same number or rank, such as 7-7-7. If you had 2-3-10-10-10, you'd have three of a kind.

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#8: Two Pair

Two pairs of cards of the same number or rank, such as 2-7-7-9-9. The higher pair is used to determine the winner if more than one player has two pair, so that nines and twos would beat eights and sevens. If the higher pair match, then the second pair is used. If those match as well, then the kicker is used.

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#9: One Pair

Two cards that match, like J-J.

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#10: High Card

If no one has any of the above hands, the player with the highest card in their hand wins. Just having an ace in the hole is sometimes enough. If two or more players share the same high card then the next highest card determines the winner, then the next and so on.

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Stemple, Edited by Adam, 2016. "Poker Hand Rankings." ThoughtCo, Sep. 1, 2016, thoughtco.com/poker-hand-rankings-2728127. Stemple, Edited by Adam, 2016. (2016, September 1). Poker Hand Rankings. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/poker-hand-rankings-2728127 Stemple, Edited by Adam, 2016. "Poker Hand Rankings." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/poker-hand-rankings-2728127 (accessed October 20, 2017).