Poker Hand Rankings - Best Poker Hands in Order

Master Poker Hand Rankings

Regardless of the game, you’re playing or where you happen to be playing (at home, online, the moon…), poker hands are ranked the same way. Even the great poker players had to learn to play poker. The poker hands rankings never change; all that changes is whether you want to play a split-pot game or not. Most games, like Texas Hold’em and Omaha, stick to the strict high-card-wins code, where the winner takes the pot.

 

Best Poker Hands in Order

1. Royal Flush

A Royal Flush is when you have an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten, all belonging to the same suit.

What is a Royal Flush - Ignition Casino Poker

 

2. Straight Flush

A Straight Flush is when you have five cards in numerical sequence all belonging to the same suit.

Straight Flush Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

3. Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind is when you have Four cards of the same rank with the fifth card being the highest.

4 of a Kind Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

4. Full House

A Full House is when you have three cards of matching rank, with two additional cards of a different matching rank.

What is a Full House in Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

5. Flush

A Flush is when you have Five cards all belonging to the same suit. For example, if you're hole cards are two diamonds and there are 3 diamonds on the field, you have a flush.

What is a Flush in Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

6. Straight

A Straight is when you have Five cards in ranked sequence. For instance, if you're holding a 'Three' and a 'five' and there's a 'four', 'six' and a 'seven' on the board you have a straight; Holding Three-to-Eight makes a straight. 

What is a Straight in Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

7. Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind is when you have three cards of matching rank. For instance, if one of your hole cards is a 'Queen' and there's two Queens on the board, you're holding Three of a Kind.

3 of a Kind Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

8. Two Pair

Two Pair is when you have two cards of matching rank combined with two additional cards of a different matching rank. For example, if your hole cards are a 'Jack' and a 'Nine' and an additional Jack and Nine come up on the board you have Two Pair.

2 Pair Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

9. Pair

A Pair is when you have two cards of matching rank. For example, if your hole cards are two 'Kings' and nothing else comes up on the board, you have a Pair.

Pocket Pairs Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

10. High Card

A High Card the highest of five cards that are not sequential and that don’t belong to the same suit or rank.

High Card in Poker - Ignition Casino Poker

 

Hi/Lo Hand Ranking

Hi/Lo poker games count the highest and lowest hands.
For low hands to rank as winning hands, they must consist of five differently numbered cards.

Suits and ranked runs like flushes and straights don’t count when ranking low hands, which means that low hands can be both the lowest or highest hand.

The ace acts as the highest card in high hand ranks and the lowest card in low hand ranks.

Low Winning Poker Hand Rankings: Hi to Lo

5-High, the Bicycle, the Wheel

5, 4, 3, 2, A

Tied Hand: This is the lowest possible low hand. If there are two or more 5-high hands, the pot is split.

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6-High

Five differently numbered cards, with the highest card being a 6.

Tied Hand: If there are two or more 6-high hands, the lower of the second-ranking cards wins. If need be, you can look at the third, fourth and fifth highest ranked cards to break a tie. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.

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7-High

Five uniquely ranked cards, with the highest card being a 7.

Tied Hand: If there are two or more 7-high hands, the lower of the second-ranking cards wins. If need be, you can look at the third, fourth and fifth highest ranked cards to break a tie. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.

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8-High

Five uniquely ranked cards, with the highest being an 8.

8, 7, 6, 5, 4 is the lowest of the low ranking hands.

Tied Hand: If there are two or more 8-high hands, the lower second ranking card wins. If need be, look at the third, fourth and fifth highest ranked cards to break a tie. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.

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