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 poker and Omaha, stick to the strict high-card-wins code, where the winner takes the pot.
Best 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.
2. Straight Flush
A Straight Flush is when you have five cards in numerical sequence all belonging to the same suit.
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. Full House
A Full House is when you have three cards of matching rank, with two additional cards of a different matching rank.
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.
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 as community cards you have a straight; Holding Three-to-Eight makes a straight.
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.
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.
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 (if your two hole cards are of matching value you have pocket pairs).
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.
Hi-Lo Hand Rankings - Low Winning Poker 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.
5-High, the Bicycle, the Wheel
5, 4, 3, 2, A
Five differently numbered cards, with the highest card being a 6.
Five uniquely ranked cards, with the highest card being a 7.
Five uniquely ranked cards, with the highest being an 8.
8, 7, 6, 5, 4 is the lowest of the low ranking hands.