The rank of hands is always the same – immaterial what type of poker you are playing.

In short, a poker hand consists of 5 cards and fall into one of several categories such as flush, straight or two pair.  The player with the highest ranking hand in a round of poker is the winner.

Royal Flush

A royal flush is the highest hand a player can have. The cards are ace, king, queen, jack, and 10 all in the same suit

Royal flush texas holdem

Straight Flush

A straight flush is a 5 card straight – all of the same suit.

Straight Flush

Four of a Kind or Quads

Four of a Kind or Quads are four cards of equal rank.


Full House or Full Boat

A full house, or full boat, contains three cards of one rank and a pair of another rank.

Full House


A flush is when any five cards are of the same suit.



A straight is a hand comprising of five cards of sequential rank.  It is interesting to know that every possible straight will contain either a 5 or a 10.


Three of a Kind

Any 3 cards of the same value example 3 Jacks (Hearts, Diamonds, Spades)


Two Pair

A two pair is two cards of one rank and another two cards of another rank.



One pair is two cards of the same rank.


High Card

The hand with the highest card(s) wins.

High Card

When a tie occurs with more than one player holding either four of a kind, three of a kind, two pair, or one pair, the highest unpaird side card, known as the ‘kicker’, wins the pot.

For example:

Player A:              Ac, Ah, 7s, 7h, Qh

Player B:              As, Ah, 7s, 7h, 9d

Player A wins the hand with the Q kicker.