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When playing poker the last thing you want to be worried with is trying to work out what is the winning poker hand. So to make it easy for you OnlineCasinoGame.com has organized all of the possible poker hands into an easy to read poker hand ranking guide including an illustrated example of each hand.

Winning Poker Hands

Below you will find poker hand rankings, listed from best to worst.

Royal Flush

Royal Flush

The best hand in poker, a Royal Flush is when a player's best five cards are 10,J,Q,K,Ace of the same suit. Only one player can get a Royal Flush in a game.

Straight Flush

Straight Flush

A Straight Flush consists of any consecutive five cards of the same suit. (e.g. 7,8,9,10,J of hearts and A,2,3,4,5 of spades). All of the 5 cards must be the same suit, and all must be consecutive and can not wrap (e.g. K,Q,Ace,2,3 is not a allowed). If two players have a Straight Flush then the player with the highest straight wins. The suit of the Straight Flush has no bearing on the winner.

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same value (e.g. J,J,J,J). If two players have a Four of a Kind then the player with the highest value Four of a Kind will win. If two players share the same Four of a Kind then the player with the best kicker (the remaining 5th card) will win.

Full House

Full House

A Full House consists of a Three of a Kind combined with a Pair (e.g. Q,Q,Q and K,K). If two or more players have a Full House then the player with the highest Three of a Kind wins, however if the highest value Three of a Kind is on the board then the player with the best Pair will win.

Flush

Flush

Any five cards that are not all in consecutive order but are the same suit. If two or more players have a Flush, the player with the highest value card in their flush wins. If two or more players have the same high card in their flush (e.g. they both have an Ace Hight Hearts Flush with the Ace on the board) the the next highest card is used to determine the winner. If the next highest card is also on the board then the next highest card is used and so on. If the players all share exact same flush (e.g. the best 5 card flush is on the board) then it is a tie and the pot is split.

Straight

Straight

Five consecutive cards that are not all of the same suit, however a straight cannot wrap so if you have Q,K,Ace,2,3 it is not a straight. If two or more players have a straight, the higher straight wins. If two of more players have the same straight, then it is a tie and the pot is split.

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same value, also called a "Set". If two or more players have Three of a Kind then the player with the highest value Three of a Kind wins.

Two Pair

Two Pair

A player has Two Pair if they have two separate sets of pairs, for example QQ and JJ. If two or more players have Two Pair, the player with the highest value pair wins. If two players have the same highest value pair, then the value of the second pair is used. If two players have the exact same two pair, then the value of the kicker (remaining 5th card) is used to determine the winner.

Pair

Pair

A pair is when a player has a pair of two equal value cards. If two players have the same value pair then each players next highest value card is used to determine the winner.

High Card

High Card

If no player has any of the above winning poker hands, the winning player is the one with the highest card value in their 5 card hand. If two or more players have the same high card the tie is broken by the value of each players second highest card. The card suit is not used to break a tie.

Hi/Lo Poker Hands

Some poker games are called Hi/Lo Games, such as Omaha Hi/Lo, because to win the full pot a player must make the best high hand as well as the best low hand. If one player has the best high hand and another the best low hand then the pot is split.

Usually the best low hand must meet an "8 Qualifier" which is where the hand must contain five un-paired cards that are lower than or equal to 8. In a low hand, an Ace is treated as the lowest card value.

Typically the best possible low hand is a 5 High Straight (Ace,2,3,4,5), also called a bicycle or wheel.

If no player has a low hand (5 different cards equal or lower than 8) then there will be no low hand winner and instead the winner of the high hand will take the whole pot.