Poker Hand Rankings

When you bet in poker, almost all poker games are based on standard poker hand values, which have been listed on this page.

We have listed and explained these hand values below for you to study:

Standard Poker Hand Values

(Beginning With Lowest Value)

The following is a description of all the hands that you can assemble in standard poker. Most variations are based on standard poker and use similar value rankings.

  • High Card – Nobody has a “hand” but you have the highest card.
  • One Pair – Also known as two-of-a-kind, two cards with the same face value.
  • Two Pair
  • Three of a Kind – Also known as “trips”.
  • Straight – Consecutive card values through all five cards (e.g. 2,3,4,5,6)
  • Flush – All cards in your hand have the same suit and are non-consecutive.
  • Full House – Combination of a pair and three-of-a-kind (e.g. 3,3,4,4,4)
  • Four of a kind
  • Straight Flush – Cards are consecutive and of the same suit.
  • Royal Flush – When you have the 10,J,Q,K,A of the same suit

In instances when opposing players have identical hands, the one that has the higher card value wins. An example would be two players that have a pair of 5,5 and 9,9. In this instance, the player representing 9’s would win the pot. Another instance is if two players have straights of 4,5,6,7,8,9 and 5,6,7,8,9,10. In that instance, the higher straight wins.

Now that you understand the game, why don’t you check out our how to play poker page or you can skip straight to our tutorial on basic strategy for poker.