Poker Hands Ranking

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Poker Hands Ranking Chart
Official Poker Hands Ranking Guide courtesy of onlinepokeramerica.com

A poker hand comprises of Five cards and in most poker games, the highest-ranked hand is the winner.

You want to know how to learn poker hands and which poker hands beat which? For beginners especially, it’s always interesting to learn the names of all the hands so you can start to understand how the game ebbs and flows.

Players—both amateur and professional—know all the hands… do you?

As usual, we’ve got you covered.

Royal Flush

0.000002% – 1 out of 649,740

Poker Hands - Royal Flush

An ace high straight, all in the same suit. All suits are of equal value in poker.

Straight Flush

0.000015% – 1 out of 72,193

Poker Hands - Straight Flush

A five card straight, all in the same suit. If more than 1 player has this hand, the one with the highest value card wins.

Four of a kind

0.00024% – 1 out of 4,165

Poker Hands - Four of a Kind

Any four cards of the same value. If more than 1 player has this hand, the one with the highest 5th card, the “kicker”, wins.

Full House

0.0014% – 1 out of 694

Poker Hands - Full House

Any three cards (a set) of the same value and a pair of another value. If more than 1 player has this hand, the one with the highest set wins. If they have the same set, then the one with the highest pair wins. If they have the same set and pair, then the pot is shared equally.

Flush

0.002% – 1 out of 509

Poker Hands - Flush

Any 5 cards of the same suit, but don’t need to be in sequential order. The highest value card determines the strength of the flush, with an Ace high flush being the strongest.

Straight

0.004% – 1 out of 255

Poker Hands - Straight

Any 5 cards in sequential order, but doesn’t need to be in the same suit. Aces can count as either a high or a low card. Our example shows an Ace high straight, which is the strongest.

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Three of a Kind

0.02% – 1 out of 47

Poker Hands - Three of a Kind

Any 3 cards of the same value. A set of Aces with a King and Queen as a side card is the strongest possible Three of a Kind.

Two Pairs

0.05% – 1 out of 21

Poker Hands - Two Pairs

Any 2 cards of the same value, along with another 2 cards of the same value. The highest value pair determines the strength of the hand. A pair of Aces and pair of Kings is the strongest possible hand. If 2 players were to have the same Two Pairs, then the remaining card (A.K.A. the ‘kicker’) determines the winner.

One Pair

0.4% – 1 out of 2

Poker Hands - One Pair

Any 2 cards of the same value. A pair of Aces with a King, Queen and Jack as side cards is the strongest possible One Pair.

High Card

0.5% – 1 out of 2

Poker Hands - High Card

If no one has any of the above, then it’s down to who has the highest single card that determines the winner. Our example shows the strongest possible High Card hand. To clear any confusion, the 0.5% represents the possibility of getting no significant poker hand at all, which defaults to the being ranked by the ‘High Card’.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many poker hands are there?

There are over 2.5 million possible poker hands to legitimately play.

How many poker hands should I play?

In Texas Hold’em, beginners should stick to the top 15 starting hands and fold the rest: AA, KK, QQ, AK (suit), JJ, 1010, AQ , suit), AJ (suit), AK (off-suit), KQ (suit), A10 (suit), KJ (suit), AQ (off-suit), 99, JQ (suit).

How many poker hands contain exactly one pair?

1098240.

What is the probability of getting a Royal Flush?

1 out of 649,740 or 0.000002%.

How many poker hands are full houses?

3744.

How many poker cards are in a deck?

52.

How much should I bet on poker hands?

Knowing how much to bet is the bread and butter of poker. As always, it depends on the situation but generally if you have a higher ranked hand then it’s safe to bet more. However, if you’re going for a bluff then logic gets thrown to the side.

How many poker hands are possible?

2,598,960.

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