Poker hand rankings

What beats what in Poker?

Poker Hand Rank #1 - Royal Flush

The highest of all Poker hands, a Royal Flush is 10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit:

Poker Hand Rank #2 - Straight Flush

A Straight Flush is five cards in consecutive numerical order, all of the same suit.

If there are two Straight Flushes at the same table, the one which runs to the highest value card wins.

Poker Hand Rank #3 - Four of a kind

Four of a kind means four cards of the same value and any other card.

If there are two hands with Four of a kind in the same game, the highest ranking Four of a kind wins ie four Ks beats four 9s.

Poker Hand Rank #4 - Full house

A Full House is three cards of the same value and another two cards that form a pair (same value).

If two players have a Full House (with the joker), the rank is decided first by the Three of a kind, then by the pair.

Poker Hand Rank #5 - Flush

A Flush is five non-consecutive cards of the same suit.

The Flush is named after the highest card, so the example below is a Jack Flush.

If two players have the same Flush, the rank is decided by the second highest card. In the unlikely event of the first two cards in two Flushes being the same, the rank is decided by the third card, then the fourth, then the fifth.

Poker Hand Rank #6 - Straight

A Straight is five consecutive cards, but not of the same suit.

As with the Straight Flush, in the event of a tie, the winner is the flush which runs to the highest value card.

A 'Straight to' means the highest card in the run, so 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 is a 'Straight to 9'

Poker Hand Rank #7 - Three of a kind

Three cards of the same value, and two supporting cards that are not a pair:

Poker Hand Rank #8 - Two pair

Two sets of pairs, and another random card.

In the unlikely event of two players having the same two pairs, the highest supporting card is used to determine the winner.

Poker Hand Rank #9 - Pair

Two cards of the same value and three random supporting cards.

If two players have a pair, the highest pair wins. In the event of a tie, the highest supporting cards determine the winner.

Poker Hand Rank #10 - High card

A hand with none of the above rankings.

The hand is named after the highest card, 7 high being the lowest, Ace high the highest. The example below is therefore a King high.