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Winning Hands

Hand rankings remain the same in all types of poker game. In each round, the player who is still active and hasn't folded, and holds the best-ranked hand, is the winner. When two people have the same hand, the person who has the highest card in the ranking will win the pot. What does vary is the individual card values, depending on the game that you’re playing.

Having a working knowledge of hand values is very important when you're playing poker, so that you don't have to spend too long working out which cards are most favourable and can make shrewd betting decisions very quickly.

As you play more and continue to develop your skills, you'll be able to call up this information automatically but in the meantime; we have created a helpful resource for you.  Here’s a look at the rankings in descending order, from highest to lowest. Try to have copy of this list nearby, and keep them in mind when you play.

Royal Flush

Straight flush with the high card being an ace.

Straight Flush

Five sequential cards of the same suite with the high card being less than an ace.


Four cards of the same value with one mismatching card. If players hold the same cards for Four-of-a-kind the highest “kicker”, as the unrelated card is called, wins the round.

Full House

Three cards of the same value and a separate pair of cards of the same value.


Five cards of the same suite, but not in numerical order.


Five cards with sequential values, but not all of the same suit. The Ace can be used at the top or bottom of the sequence. For example, A, K ,Q ,J , 10 is an Ace High hand; 5, 4, 3, 2, A is a Five High hand.


Three cards with the same value, with 2 other mismatched cards.

Two Pair

Two separate pairs of cards with the same value and a single mismatched card.


Two cards of the same value, and 3 unmatched cards.

High Card

No other combination, the highest-ranked card gives the name to the hand. If you are holding 7, 8, 10, J, Q, for example, it is a Queen High hand. In the event of a tie between players, the value of the highest card wins.