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Poker School - Hand Rankings

So you want to learn how to play Poker? If you're a beginner looking for lessons on how to play, you've come to the right place. This Section will give you the basics of poker to help get you started in this exciting and rapidly growing game.

Remember, you won't become a Pro overnight as a major part of the game comes down to experience but A World of Poker will try and help you in the right direction.


Hand Rankings

A poker hand consists of 5 cards. The player holding the highest ranking hand wins. If two players have hands of similar rank, the hand with the higher cards usually wins. In poker, the four suits of the deck, (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs), are all of equal value.

Below is a table of the hand rankings, highest to lowest, with odds against you seeing them in your original hand.

Royal Flush

Royal Flush

The highest hand in Poker, consisting:
Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten - all of the same suit.
ODDS- 650, 000 to 1

 

Straight Flush

Straight Flush

(10 straight flush)

5 cards of the same suit in numerical sequence. The highest straight flush wins. AKQJT is the highest straight flush (Royal Flush), 5432A is the lowest.

ODDS- 72,200 to 1

 

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind

(Quad 3's with a Queen kicker)

Four cards of the same rank - also known as 'quads'. When more than one player has the same quad - the highest fifth card wins.

ODDS- 4,200 to 1

 

Full House

Full House

(Jacks full of fours)

3-of-a-kind with a pair. The highest 3-of-a-kind wins. When two players have the same 3-of-a-kind, the highest pair wins. The Full House is also known as a 'boat'.

ODDS- 700 to 1

 

Flush

Flush

(King flush)

5 cards of the same suit. The flush with the highest top card wins. If two flushes have the same top card, the flush with the highest 2nd-top card wins.

ODDS- 510 to 1

 

Straight

Straight

(Eight straight)

5 cards of any suit in consecutive numerical sequence. The straight with the highest top card wins. AKQJT is the highest straight; 5432A (also known as a 'wheel') is the lowest.

ODDS- 250 to 1

 

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind

(Trip sevens, King kicker)

Three cards of the same rank, together with two unmatched cards. The highest 3-of-a-kind wins. If two hands have the same 3-of-a-kind, the 2 unmatched cards are used to break the tie. 3-of-a-kind is also called 'trips'. If you have a pocket pair in Texas Holdem, and you form 'trips' by the third card coming onto the board, this is known as a 'set'.

ODDS- 48 to 1

 

Two Pairs

Two Pairs

(Aces over threes, Queen kicker)

The hand with the highest top pair wins. If the top pairs are equal, then the low pairs are used to break the tie. If that doesn't do it, then the highest unmatched card settles it.

ODDS- 21 to 1

 

One Pair

Pair

(Nine pair, King kicker)

Two cards of the same rank, with three unmatched cards. The highest ranking pair wins. If the pairs are equal, the unmatched cards are used to break the tie.

ODDS- 2.4 to 1

 

High Card

High Card

Ace and King with three unmatched cards.


ODDS- 2 to 1