5 Card High Ranking
This is the most common method use to value a poker hand. A hand consists of 5 cards.
Aces are high but can play low as part of a straight. All suits have the same value.
The hands are ranked from low to high as follows:
- High Card. This is the lowest value hand, the strength is determined by the highest ranked card in the deck. When comparing high card hands, if the top card is the
same in both hands, the next highest card is compared and so on.
- 1 Pair. If 2 hands have the same pair then the other cards in the hand are compared from highest card down.
A pair of eights, with an ace kicker.
- 2 Pairs. If 2 hands have the same pairs then the other card in the hand is compared.
2 pairs, sevens and fours, with a jack kicker.
- 3 Of A Kind.
- Straight. 5 cards in consective ranking order.
Straight, queen high.
- Flush. 5 cards all of the same suit. If 2 players have a flush then the highest cards win.
Flush, king high.
- Full House. 3 of a kind and a pair in the same hand.
Full house, tens full of sixes.
- Four Of A Kind (or Quads). 4 cards of the same rank.
- Straight Flush. A straight with all cards of the same suit.
Straight flush, jack high.
- Royal Flush. An ace high straight flush.