Poker Hands Hierarchy

Poker games that do not involve wild cards follow this simple Poker Hands Hierarchy. The winner will have the higher ranked hand in the hierarchy.

Key - Card Value: A (ace) K (king) Q (queen) J (jack) 10 (I hope the rest are self explanatory!!)
Card Suit: H (hearts) D (diamonds) C (clubs) S (Spades)

1. Royal Flush

The best poker hand and one that is very rarely seen
10, Jack, Queen, King , Ace all of the same suit

e.g. 10H, JH, QH, KH, AH

2. Straight Flush

Any five consecutive cards all, of the same suit
e.g. 5C, 6C, 7C, 8C, 9C, 10C

3. Four of a Kind

Four cards all of equal value plus the highest valued card of the remaining
e.g. QH, QC, QD, QS, 10H

4.Full House

Three cards of equal value in addition to a pair of cards of equal value.
e.g. KH, KS, KC, 9C, 9D (full house kings over nines)

If more than one player has a Full house, first look at the over cards (in our example kings), the highest value will win. If the over cards are the same, look at the pair, again the highest pair will win.
In this example, kings over nines would beat queens over nines but would be beaten by kings over aces.

5.Flush

Any five cards all of the same suit
e.g. 2C,6C,9C,10C,KC

If two players have a flush, the winner is determined by the highest card. This example is a king high flush. If both players have a king high flush, they would split the pot. The only flush able to beat this is an Ace high flush. This Flush beats Queen high flush or anything lower.

6.Straight

Five consecutive cards of any suit.
e.g. 3H, 4C, 5H, 6D, 7S

If two players have a straight, the winner is determined by the highest straight. This example is a straight to 7. Any straight to a higher card would win. This hand would be beaten by a straight to 8 but would be beat a straight to 6.

7.Three of a Kind

Any three cards of equal value plus the next two highest cards available.

e.g. JC, JS, JH, 10C, 8D (trip J's 10 Kicker)

If two players have three of a kind, the highest valued three would win. In a scenario where two players have the same three of a kind you look at the value of the other cards and the winner will have the highest kicker. So JC, JS, JH, 10C, 8D is beaten by QC, QS, QH, 10C, 8D but beats JC, JS, JH, 8C, 6D (because the 10 beats 8)

8.Two Pair

Pretty self explanatory, Two pairs of equal value plus the next highest value card
e.g. 10C, 10D, 6C, 6H, AD (two pair 10's and 6's with Ace Kicker)

If two players have this hand, the winner is decided by the value of the pairs. If the top pair is the same, you would look at the second pair. If both pairs are the same, the value of your kicker will determine the winner so 10C, 10D, 6C, 6H, AD will beat 10C, 10D, 6C, 6H, JD but is beaten by 10C, 10D, 8C, 8H, 2D

9.Pair

Two cards of equal value. In addition, the hand will be made up of three cards of the highest possible value.
e.g. 5D, 5C, AC, 10S, 4S

If two people have a pair, the winner is decided by the highest value pair. If both pairs are the same, the highest value other cards will decide. In this example, 5D, 5C, AC, 10S, 4S beats 5D, 5C, JD, 10S, 4S (Ace kicker is higher than the Jack)but is beaten by JD, JC, AC, 10S, 4S (pair Jacks are higher than Pair 5's)

10.High Card

The highest card will determine the winner. If equal you move to the next highest card etc. You can check out more guides and tips for poker, casino and other card games at Onlinegaming4u, a trustworthy gambling guide. Best Bingo sites for US Players