Poker combinations

This page is here to show you how poker combinations work.

Not sure which combination wins which in poker?

Below is a list of all poker hands from best to worst. These are standard for all online poker sites.

Answers to some of the most frequently asked poker combination ranking questions can be found below.

Royal flush
A straight from 10 to Ace with all five cards of the same suit. In poker all suits are the same.

Straight flush
Each straight with all five cards of the same suit.

Four of a kind
All four cards of the same rank. If two players have the same four of a kind (on the board), the larger fifth card (the “kicker”) decides who wins the pot.

Full house
All three cards of the same rank together with two cards of the same rank. Our example shows “Aces Full of Kings” and it's a bigger full house than “Kings of Aces”.

Flush
Five cards of the same suit (not consecutive). The highest card of the five determines the rank of the flush. Our example shows an ACE high flush, which is the highest possible.

Straight
Five consecutive cards of different suits. Aces count as either a high or a low card. Our example shows a 5 high, which is the lowest possible straight.

Three of a kind
All three cards of the same rank. Our example shows three-of-a-kind aces with a king and queen as side cards - the best three of a kind.

Two couples
Two cards of the same rank together with two cards of the same rank. Our example shows the best two pairs, aces and kings. The highest pair of the two determines the rank of the two-pair.

A few
Two cards of the same rank. Our example shows the best one-pair hand.

High card
Any hand not in the above hands. Our example shows the best high hand.

Poker combination FAQ

A beat a flush?
Item No. This is one of the most common misconceptions in poker. In reality, a flush (five cards of the same suit) always beats an even (five cards in numerical order). A straight flush, the five cards of the same suit in a row, beats with both hands.

Which is better - two-pair or three-of-a-kind?
Three-of-a-kind always beats two pairs. The only "made" two pair of beats is a pair.

Not all “reds” or “all blacks” of a straight line?
All “Reds” or “All Blacks” don't mean beat / everything. To form a flush poker you must have five cards of the same suit. That means five of clubs, spades, hearts or diamonds. Having all a suit isn't a poker hand.

Does it matter if I have higher flush cards?
It does. In no-limit hold'em if you have a flush with an ace as the highest card and your opponent has a flush with a king as the highest card, you win. The easiest way to understand who is winning is to take your complete 5-card hand and compare it to your cards on your opponent's hand. If someone has a higher card, that person wins (obviously you both split the cards on the board).

The lawsuit is ranked highest?
In poker, don't count. Spades are no better than hearts, clubs are no higher than diamonds, etc. If you have the same hand as your opponent but of different colors then you simply split the pot. This misconception is different from other games where it fits.

What do I have to do if I have 3 couples?
Absolutely nothing. Just use the two highest pairs. There is no such thing as “3” pair in poker.

Is there a difference between travel and a sentence? What is better?
Trips and are the same: three-of-a-kind. The difference is how you acquire three-of-one-kind. A sentence is when your pocket pair hits a card on the board.
Trips are made when you have two cards on the board and one in your hand to get three-of-one-kind. Because they are much easier to hide when betting, the rates are usually better than the hand.

What if there's one on the board right now?
You chop them up the pot. That is provided that no player has a better hand (or higher) or someone just has a higher stake on the cards in their hand.

What is a four flush?
Four flush is when you have four cards of the same suit on the board and one from your hand to make a flush. Notably, this is one of the main differences between No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha. In the PLO you must have two of your cards so you don't have a 4 flush.

What can I do if I have the same pair as my opponent?
Once again when chopping the pot. Pocket aces versus pocket aces generally means you have a split pot (unless someone lucky enough to get a 4-flush on the board).

Can you make a straight line with 4-3-2-AK?
Item No. While the ace can have both the lowest straight (A-2-3-4-5) and the highest straight (AKQJ-10) it cannot.

My 3-3-3-AA Full House Beat my opponent the 8-8-8-KK?
No. When it comes to the houses the tallest of the three-of-a-kind determines the winner. In the example above, the entire house with three 8s exceeds the full house with three 3s.

Who will win with four-of-a-kind on the board?
The player with the highest kicker. For example, if the board is 8-8-8-8-5, you have AK and your opponent has KQ, you win. (Your best five card hand is 8-8-8-8-A, that's 8-8-8-8-K). If the board was 8-8-8-8-A you want the pot split like the best five card hand for the two of you is 8-8-8-8-A.

What is the difference between the four-by-one-friendly and "quads"?
Nothing. They are exactly the same.

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