When playing most variations of poker, whether it is Texas Hold'em, Seven-card Stud, Omaha or Draw, your ultimate goal is to make the best five-card hand. The highest possible hand is a Royal Flush, followed by a straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, and high card.

Hand rankings

Although rankings of suits do not affect the outcome of hands in poker, the general ranking of suits are as follows: Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs. The best way to remember the rankings is to think of the suits reverse alphabetically (S, H, D, C).

 

Here are examples of hand rankings from highest to lowest:

 

A Royal Flush is a hand with a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace all of the same suit:

 

Carte 10 de pique Carte Valet de pique Carte Dame de pique Carte Roi de pique Carte As de pique

 


A Straight Flush is five sequential cards of the same suit:

 

Carte 7 de carreau Carte 8 de carreau Carte 9 de carreau Carte 10 de carreau Carte Valet de carreau

 


Four of a Kind, or Quads, are four cards of the same rank:

 

Carte As de carreau Carte As de pique Carte As de cœur Carte As de trèfle Carte 10 de pique

 


A Full House, or Full Boat is a combination of three cards of one rank and two of another:

 

Carte As de carreau Carte As de pique Carte As de cœur Carte 10 de carreau Carte 10 de pique

 


A Flush consists of five cards of the same suit:

 

Carte As de carreau Carte Valet de carreau Carte 9 de carreau Carte 8 de carreau Carte 5 de carreau

 


A Straight consists of five sequential cards:

 

Carte 7 de cœur Carte 8 de carreau Carte 9 de pique Carte 10 de pique Carte Valet de carreau

 


Three of a Kind, or Trips, is three cards of the same rank:

 

Carte 10 de cœur Carte 10 de carreau Carte 10 de pique Carte 9 de cœur Carte 5 de pique

 


Two Pair consists of two different pairs:

 

Carte Valet de pique Carte Valet de carreau Carte 5 de pique Carte 5 de cœur Carte 4 de carreau

 


A Pair is two cards of the same rank:

 

Carte Valet de pique Carte Valet de carreau Carte 10 de pique Carte 8 de cœur Carte 4 de carreau

 


High Card is the highest single card you have in your hand:

 

Carte As de carreau Carte Valet de pique Carte 9 de pique Carte 8 de cœur Carte 5 de trèfle

 

 

Ties and kickers

In some instances at showdown, two players might have the same made hand, but the winner is determined by highest card or a kicker, which is the highest card that is not part of the made hand. The Ace is considered the highest card and the deuce is the lowest.

If two players make a flush or a straight, whoever holds the highest card will win the pot. If they both hold the same high card, then the second highest card determines a winner. If multiple players have full houses, whoever holds the better three-of-a-kind segment wins the pot.

 

Here are some examples:

 

ACE-HIGH:

If two players only have Ace-high, then the second highest card determines who will win the pot. If that card is tied, then the third card determines who wins, and so on.

 

For instance:

Carte As de carreau Carte Valet de pique Carte 8 de carreau Carte 7 de carreau Carte 4 de trèfle   beats   Carte As de cœur Carte Valet de cœur Carte 7 de cœur Carte 6 de trèfle Carte 4 de carreau

 


 

PAIR:

If two players both hold the same pair, the winner is determined by whoever holds the higher kicker. For example, if two players hold a pair of eights at showdown, whoever has a better kicker will win.

 

For instance:

Carte 8 de pique Carte 8 de cœur Carte As de carreau Carte Valet de carreau Carte 7 de trèfle   beats   Carte 8 de trèfle Carte 8 de carreau Carte Roi de pique Carte Dame de trèfle Carte 9 de cœur

 


 

TWO OF A KIND:

If two players both hold two of a kind, whoever holds the highest pair wins the pot.

 

For instance:

Carte Roi Carte Roi Carte 8 Carte 8 Carte 2   beats   Carte Dame Carte Dame Carte 9 Carte 9 Carte Valet

 

If by chance both players hold the same high pair, then whoever holds the highest second pair wins the pot.

 

For instance:

Carte Roi Carte Roi Carte 8 Carte 8 Carte 2   beats   Carte Roi Carte Roi Carte 6 Carte 6 Carte Valet

 

If by chance both players hold the same exact two pair, then the winner is determined by the kicker.

 

For instance:

Carte Roi Carte Roi Carte 8 Carte 8 Carte As   beats   Carte Roi Carte Roi Carte 8 Carte 8 Carte 2

 


 

THREE OF A KIND:

If two players hold three of a kind, the player with a better three of a kind wins.

 

For instance:

Carte 7 de carreau Carte 7 de trèfle Carte 7 de pique Carte 3 de cœur Carte 2 de cœur   beats   Carte 4 de carreau Carte 4 de pique Carte 4 de cœur Carte As de carreau Carte Dame de trèfle

 


 

STRAIGHTS:

The highest straight is a Broadway Straight consisting of a Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.

The lowest straight is the Wheel or A-2-3-4-5.

If two players have a straight, the player with the highest straight wins the pot.

 

For instance:

Carte As Carte Roi Carte Dame Carte Valet Carte 10   beats   Carte Roi Carte Dame Carte Valet Carte 10 Carte 9

 


 

FLUSHES:

An Ace is the highest possible flush card, followed by the King.

If two players make a flush, whomever holds the highest card wins the pot.

If both players hold the same high card, then rank is determined by the second card, and if that is tied, then the third, and so on.

 

For example:

Carte As de carreau Carte Valet de carreau Carte 9 de carreau Carte 8 de carreau Carte 5 de carreau   beats   Carte Roi de pique Carte Dame de pique Carte Valet de pique Carte 10 de pique Carte 8 de pique

 

Keep in mind that a straight flush (five sequential cards of the same suit) beats an Ace-high flush.

 

For instance:

Carte 7 de pique Carte 8 de pique Carte 9 de pique Carte 10 de pique Carte Valet de pique   beats   Carte As de carreau Carte Valet de carreau Carte 9 de carreau Carte 8 de carreau Carte 5 de carreau

 


 

FULL HOUSE:

Aces full is the highest possible full house. The rank is determined by the higher three-card part of the full house.

 

For example:

Carte As Carte As Carte As Carte 10 Carte 10   beats   Carte Roi Carte Roi Carte Roi Carte Dame Carte Dame

Carte 4 Carte 4 Carte 4 Carte 3 Carte 3   beats   Carte 2 Carte 2 Carte 2 Carte As Carte As

 


 

STRAIGHT FLUSH:

In the rare event two players make a straight flush that is not a Royal flush, the player with the highest card will be determined the winner.

 

For example:

Carte 7 de pique Carte 8 de pique Carte 9 de pique Carte 10 de pique Carte Valet de pique   beats   Carte 5 de cœur Carte 6 de cœur Carte 7 de cœur Carte 8 de cœur Carte 9 de cœur

Split pot and Hi / Lo games

In split pot high/low games like Stud Hi/Lo or Omaha Hi/Lo, half of the pot is awarded to whomever holds the best low five-card hand, but only if all five cards are eight or lower. If four or fewer cards are below eight, then there is no qualifying low and the high hand wins the entire pot.

The low hand is determined by the five lowest-ranking cards in a hand, with an Ace being the lowest card. Straights and flushes do not come into consideration.

The best possible low is A-2-3-4-5, also known as The Wheel:

 

Carte As Carte 2 Carte 3 Carte 4 Carte 5

 

The low is determined by the highest card in the hand. For example, 7-4-3-2-A loses to 6-5-4-3-2. A hand like A-2-3-4-9 does not qualify as a low hand because the 9 is higher than an eight, hence why those games are called “Stud Eight or Better” or “Omaha Eight or Better”.

The best low hands in descending order, starting with The Wheel are:

Carte 5 Carte 4 Carte 3 Carte 2 Carte As

Carte 6 Carte 4 Carte 3 Carte 2 Carte As

Carte 6 Carte 5 Carte 3 Carte 2 Carte As

Carte 6 Carte 5 Carte 4 Carte 2 Carte As

Carte 6 Carte 5 Carte 4 Carte 3 Carte As

Carte 6 Carte 5 Carte 4 Carte 3 Carte 2

Carte 7 Carte 4 Carte 3 Carte 2 Carte As

Carte 7 Carte 5 Carte 3 Carte 2 Carte As

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