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Poker Hand Ranking Order From Highest to Lowest

In the skill game poker, rules, hand rankings and the cards a player is dealt play a key role. There are ten hands in poker sequence rankings, which comprise poker sequences, pairs, triplets and cards of a suit. The highest amongst top poker hand rankings, the Royal Flush, is followed by a Straight Flush. The four-of-a-kind hand is the third-highest amongst the higher poker-winning hands. The next highest is the Full House hand followed by a Flush Poker. A Straight poker sequence is the 6th highest hand while the 4th lowest hand is “Three of a kind” followed by two pairs. The bottom two poker hands are one pair and the high card, the latter being the lowest among the poker hand rankings.

Poker Hands Ranking List:

The Poker sequence hand ranking is as follows:

Royal Flush

Royal Flush - Poker Hand Rankings

Royal Flush is the highest and strongest hand in the Poker sequence ranking, comprising 5 poker cards of the same suit (10-J-Q-K-A). The poker hand order in the Royal Flush rank is; Spade Royal Flush cards are considered to be the highest, followed by one with Hearts, then Diamond and the last being the Club Royal Flush. The probability of hitting a Royal Flush hand is 0.000154%. This is the rarest hand which makes it unbeatable under any circumstance.

Straight Flush

Straight Flush - Poker Hand Rankings

If you are dealt 5 cards in one suit, you have a straight flush poker hand. This is the second-highest poker hand, 9-10-J-Q-K while the lowest Straight Flush is A-2-3-4-5. The probability of getting a Straight flush is 0.00139%. Theoretically, you can only win against a straight flush hand if you have a royal flush.

Four of a Kind

Four of a kind - Poker hand rankings

Four-of-a-kind is the third in the list of poker sequence order and can be made when you have four cards of the same rank and a random card (A-A-A-A-3). Usually, when more than one four-of-a-kind hand are in contention, the highest-ranking one is announced as the winner. The probability of hitting a four-of-a-kind is 0.0240%. With this hand, you can bet on any hand except a royal flush or a straight flush hand. In four of a kind, 4 Aces are considered to be the highest poker hand, while anything else is lesser. If you get four deuces, your hand would be considered the lowest.

Full House

Full House - Poker Hand Rankings

A full house hand is essentially a pair and three of a kind, which includes a pair and three cards of the same rank (6-6-J-J-J). With a full house, you can beat a flush, a straight or other lower-ranking hands. In this hand, the player with the highest ranking of three cards is considered to be the winner. The probability of getting a full house is 0.1441%.


Flush - Poker Hand Rankings

A flush is essentially five cards of any ranking but of the same suit (A-3-J-9-4 of spades). If several players hit a Flush hand, then the winner is decided based on the card rankings. The probability of getting a flush is 0.1965%.


Straight - Poker Hand Rankings

A straight hand ranking consists of five cards which are arranged in numerical sequence and essentially have nothing to do with the suit (3-4-5-6-7 of any suit). The highest ranking card in your straight is used to decide the winner. The probability of hitting a straight in a poker sequence is 0.3925%. In this case, an Ace can act as a high or even as a low card depending on where it is used in the sequence.

Three of a Kind

Three of a kind - Poker hand rankings

Three of a kind involves three cards of the same ranking, Poker Sequence 3 Card and two random cards (K-K-K-7-4). The probability of getting a Three of a Kind is 2.1128%. Three of a kind beats two pairs, one pair and a high card hand while a royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, flush, straight and three of a kind can beat this hand.

Two Pair

Two pair - Poker Hand Ranking

A two-pair poker hand consists of two cards of the same rank and a random card (J-J-6-6-5). The best poker hand is when you have two pairs hand consisting of aces and kings.


One pair - Poker Hand Rankings

This one is a no-brainer. Two matched cards of the same rank and three other unmatched cards make one pair (J-J-4-8-6). You can find this scenario in Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker as well.

High Card

High Card - Poker Hand Rankings

A High Card is essentially cards that do not fall into any of the hands mentioned above. High card comes into play when none of the poker hand rankings mentioned above are available. If the first card is identical to another player, then the next one is considered, and so forth.

Poker Hands Order Rules

  • The first rule in poker is to learn the hand rankings thoroughly and it allows you to think about outcomes quickly and decide the best way to play.
  • Poker hand rankings are similar for Texas Hold’em, Omaha poker, Seven card stud and other games.
  • All suits in poker have the same value but in some games, suits can be assigned values. In that case, spade is the highest suit, followed by hearts, diamonds, and clubs.
  • The total number of cards in a deck are 52 where a total of 2,598,960 possible combinations can be made.
  • The type of hands to play depends on the particular game that is in and factors like your position on the table, your stack size and the action on the table at that moment.
  • If you are dealt 2-7 of suit, remember that is the worst hand, so you should rather fold than play that hand. This hand would not be of much help because you can either wait for a straight draw, flush draw or wait for a pair of 7s or 2s to show up.

Best Poker Hands

The top of best poker hands is usually a topic that is contested by pros, intellects and general people who enjoy this skill game. For all poker hand rankings, there is a set poker sequence. Take a look at the top 20 best starting hands in poker to make the best poker sequence:

Pocket Aces

The combinations of A spade and A heart are known as pocket aces. This hand is considered to be the best among the starting poker hands. If you ever get pocket Aces, congratulations, you have the best starting hands.

Pocket Kings

This pair is made by K spades and K clubs and is also known as ‘ace magnets.’ Every poker player loves this pair and aims to get as many chips in the pot preflop itself since this is a great starting hand.

Pocket Queens

This is considered to be the third-best starting hand. Against Ace-king suited cards, Queens are likely to win 54%.

Pocket Jacks

Pocket Jacks, also known as fish hooks are one of the most complained about starting hands in poker. In no-limit Texas Hold’em, this is considered the fourth best starting hand.

Ace-King suited

Ace-King Suited is also known as big slick. This combo is best played in pots when there are multiple players in the game.

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