Beginners Poker - Poker Hand Ranks

Poker Hand Ranks

The rule of poker hands below are ranked from highest (royal flush) to lowest (high card). This general rule of the rank of poker hands applies to every online poker card game; play money or poker for real money.

Royal Flush
royal flush

Straight Flush
straight flush

four of a kind

Full House
full house



three of a kind

Two Pair
two pair

One Pair
one pair

High Card
high card

Rule of poker hands & ranks

If two or more hands are the same ranking, the winner is the one having the higher cards. For example, a Flush with an Ace high beats a Flush with a King high. If the poker hands remain tied, then the highest card not being held in common (the kicker) determines the winner. A poker tip of the trade is to make sure you have these hand rankings memorized, or print off this page and keep it handy whilst you are playing; however some online poker sites will have an icon telling you how high your hand is.

Should poker hands be absolutely identical in ranking, the rule of poker pot distribution will be split evenly between the two or more winning players. If there is an odd chip, the winning player to the left of the button/dealer will receive it. This applies to both play money and poker for real money.

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