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Hand Rankings

No matter the format, be it Texas Hold ‘em or Omaha, in Poker all suits are ranked equally. However, players must make the best possible combination to have a winning hand. Poker hands ranked from highest to lowest:

1. Royal Flush

The highest hand in a game of Poker, it is also known as a Royal Routine. A straight run of card from ten to ace in the same suit. (A-K-Q-J-10)

2. Straight Flush

In a straight flush, there are five consecutive cards all belonging to the same suit. The lowest possible straight flush is A-2-3-4-5 while the highest possible straight flush is 9-10-J-Q-K. However, technically a Royal Flush is also a straight flush and is the highest. In case two players have a straight flush, the player with the higher ranking flush wins.

3. Four of a Kind

Four cards, all of them are of the same rank. If two or more players have four of a kind hand, then the player with higher four of a kind hand wins. For instance, four deuces (2) cannot beat any other four of a kind hand. Similarly, no other four of a kind hand can beat four aces (A) (For instance, A-A-A-A-K vs 10-10-10-10-K; the four a kind with aces wins).

4. Full House

Also known as a full boat, in a full house hand, there are three cards of the same rank and a pair (two cards) of similar rank. In case two or more players hold a full house, the highest ranking three of a kind card will determine the winner. Three deuces cannot beat any other deuces, and any other full house cannot be at three aces. For instance, (A-A-A-4-4 vs K-K-K-Q-Q; the three of a kind with aces wins).

5. Flush

Any five cards of the same suit. The highest card in hand will determine the rank of flush among other flushes. A flush with an ace will beat any other flush regardless of other cards in each hand. In case two players hold a flush, then the hands are compared card-to-card until one hand wins because of a higher card.

6. Straight

Five consecutive cards in different suits. An ace here can be the highest or lowest card in hand. In case two or more players hold a straight hand, the hand with the highest starting card wins. For instance, 10-9-8-7-6 vs A-2-3-4-5; the first hand will win despite an ace in the second hand.

7. Three of a Kind

Three cards are of the same rank irrespective of the suit paired with two other cards. In a game where two or more players have a three of a kind hand, the player with the higher ‘three of a kind’ hand wins. Aces are the highest set, while deuces (2) are the lowest set. For instance, A-A-A-Q-10 vs Q-Q-Q-K-10; the player with aces set wins.

8. Two Pair

In this hand, there are two pairs of two cards with the same rank, for instance, A-A-Q-Q-7. In a situation,when multiple players are holding two-pair hands, the one with the highest ranking hand wins. For example, 3-7-7-Q-Q beats 3-8-8-J-J. However, in case both players have a similar pair, the next pair becomes the deciding factor. For instance, 2-10-10-K-K will beat 5-9-9-K-K. In situation if two players have two similar pairs, the deciding factor is the ranking of the last card, for example, A-A-9-9-7 will beat A-A-9-9-4.

9. One Pair

Any two cards with the same rank, for instance, A-A-7-2-8. In this hand, there are three mixed cards and a pair of cards. In case two or more players hold a similar pair, the hand with the higher pair wins. For example, K-K-8-5-3 will beat K-K-7-5-2.

10. High Card

Five cards that are non-consecutive and non-matched with varying suits. The highest card is the highest hand here, for instance, A-2-7-J-3. If two or more players have a similar high card, the winner is decided basis the next high card. For example, K-J-8-3-2 will beat K-10-6-4-5.