Poker Hand Rankings

When you bet in poker, almost all poker games are based on standard poker hand values. TwinSpires Casino has listed and explained these hand values below for you to study.

A Quick Poker Hand Chart of Rankings

Royal Flush ex. 10, J, Q, K, A (same suit)
Straight Flush ex. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (same suit)
Four of a Kind ex. 4, 4, 4, 4
Full House ex. 3, 3, 4, 4, 4
Straight ex. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Three of a Kind ex. 4, 4, 4
Two Pair ex. 3, 3, 4, 4,
One Pair ex. 3, 3
High Card Highest value in hand


Standard Poker Hand Values

(Listed from Highest to 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.

Royal Flush

When you have the 10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit.

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Straight Flush

Cards are consecutive and of the same suit.
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Four of a Kind

Combination of the same card value from all suits (e.g. 4, 4, 4, 4)
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Full House

Combination of a pair and three-of-a-kind (e.g. 3, 3, 4, 4, 4)
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All cards in your hand have the same suit and are non-consecutive.
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Consecutive card values through all five cards (e.g. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
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Three of a Kind

Also known as “trips” with three cards of same value.
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Two Pair

Two sets of matching card values.
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One Pair

Also known as two-of-a-kind, two cards with the same face value.
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High Card

Nobody has a “hand” but you have the highest card.
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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.