Hand Rankings

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Before you start playing poker, you need to learn the basics and that is the winning hand order. First, become familiar with a standard deck of cards. The cards are ranked in the following order (from lowest to highest):

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, T, J, Q, K, A

It is important to note that in traditional poker hands, aces command the highest ranking, but can also be used in an ace-to-five straight (more on this later). In a standard deck, there are 4 of each ranked card, each of a different suit: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.

The following are a list of poker hands with examples, ranked from highest to lowest:

  • Straight Flush – All five cards share the same suit and are also in consecutive numerical order.

Example: 8c 9c Tc Jc Qc

The best possible straight flush is ten-ace and is known as a “Royal Flush.”

  • Four of a Kind – Four cards that share the same ranking, along with one other unrelated card. Four of a Kind is often called “Quads.”

Example: 9c 9h 9s 9d 2h

  • Full House – A single pair along with three of a kind.

Example: 3h 3d 3c Kd Ks

  • Flush – All five cards share the same suit, although not in consecutive numerical order.

Example: 5d Kd 9d 6d Ad

  • Straight – Five cards that are in consecutive numerical order, but do all share the same suit.

Example: 8d 9c Td Js Qc

  • Three of a Kind – Three cards that share the same ranking, along with two unrelated unpaired cards. When you use two cards from your hand and one from the board to make three of a kind, it is referred to as a Set. When you use two cards from the board and one from your hand, it is called Trips.

Example: 5d 8h Kd 5c 5s

  • Two Pairs – Two cards of the same ranking along with another two cards of the same ranking, with one unrelated card.

Example: Th Tc As Ac 2d

  • One Pair – Two cards with matching rankings along with three unrelated cards.

Example: 6h 6d 9d Qh Kc

  • High Card – A five card hand that doesn’t qualify for any hands listed above, and is instead ranked by the highest card.

Example: 4h 9d Kc 7d 6h

In this example, this is simply a high card King.

Check also the following video that explains them also. You can see our main strategy expert explaining the exact hand rankings for you so you can be sure when you are on the tables you have the right hand!



Still not Sure? Well we have prepared the following cheat sheet for you where you can check the  exact hands and the rankings before you go to the tables. Read it, Print it,  Learn it!  Its all you need to know before you start playing . We made it using details from the Full Tilt Poker hands page that we usually play and you can have it for your own enjoyment


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