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Standard Poker Hand Rankings

Poker Hand Rankings

Below is a ranking of five card poker hands from a standard 52 card deck.
Rankings are listed from highest to lowest.
When a hand may qualify for two different rankings the highest is chosen.
Note: Suits are not used in poker hand rankings to break ties.


1. Straight Flush

Five cards in sequence all of the same suit. An Ace can count as either high or low - AClub KClub QClub JClub TClub and 5Diamond 4Diamond 3Diamond 2Diamond ADiamond are both possible straight flushes.

Ties are broken by the highest ranked card (5 for a 5Diamond 4Diamond 3Diamond 2Diamond ADiamond straight flush) in the sequence.

10 of Hearts 9 of Hearts 8 of Hearts 7 of Hearts 6 of Hearts


2. Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank and a fifth card of a differing rank.

Ties are broken firstly by the rank of the four similar cards and secondly by the rank of the fifth card.

Jack of Clubs Jack of Diamonds Jack of Hearts Jack of Spades Ace of Hearts


3. Full House

Three cards of the same rank and two cards of a different rank.

Ties are broken firstly by the rank of the three similar cards and secondly by the rank of the two similar cards.

3 of Diamonds 3 of Hearts 3 of Spades K of Clubs K of Diamonds


4. Flush

Five cards all of the same suit.

Ties are broken firstly by the rank of the highest card, secondly by the rank of the second highest card, and so on to the fifth highest card.

Ace of Clubs Queen of Clubs 6 of Clubs 5 of Clubs 2 of Clubs


5. Straight

Five cards in sequence. An Ace can count as either high or low.

Ties are broken by the highest ranked card (5 for a 5Spade 4Diamond 3heart 2Diamond Aclub straight) in the sequence.

Queen of Hearts Jack of Spades 10 of Clubs 9 of Diamonds 8 of Diamonds


6. Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same rank, and two other cards of differing ranks.

Ties are broken firstly by the rank of the three similar cards, secondly by the rank of the highest other card and thirdly by the rank of the second highest other card.

4 of Clubss 4 of Spades 4 of Hearts Jack of Spades 9 of Clubs


7. Two Pair

Two cards of the same rank, two cards of a different rank and a fifth card of a different rank.

Ties are broken by the rank of the highest pair, secondly by the rank of the lowest pair and thirdly by rank of the fifth card.

Ace of Hearts Ace of Spades 10 of Diamonds 10 of Spades 8 of Clubs


8. One Pair

Two cards of the same rank and three cards of differing rank.

Ties are broken firstly by the rank of the two similar cards, secondly by the rank of the highest other card, thirdly by the rank of the second highest other card and fourthly by the rank of the third highest other card.

9 of Hearts 9 of Diamonds K of Spades Q of Clubs 5 of Hearts


9. High Card

Five cards of differing rank.

Ties are broken firstly by rank of the highest card, secondly by rank of the second highest card, and so on to the fifth highest card.

King of Diamonds Jack of Clubs Ten of Clubs 7 of Spades 5 of Hearts


Appendix A - Frequency of Five Card Poker Hands

The following table list the frequencies of each poker hand ranking given a selection of 5 cards from a standard 52 card deck. As can be seen the order corresponds to how poker hands are ranked.

Hand TypeFrequency Probability(%)
Straight Flush400.00154
Four of a Kind6240.02401
Full House37440.14406
Flush51080.19654
Straight102000.39426
Three of a Kind549122.11285
Two Pair1235524.75390
One Pair109824042.25690
High Card130254050.11774
Total2598960100.00000