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Poker Hand Ranking
 
Below are the hands of poker, listed in order from highest poker hand to the lowest.
 
In poker, certain combinations of cards, or hands, outrank other hands, based on the frequency with which these combinations appear. The player with the best poker hand at the showdown wins the pot.
 
Royal Flush
The five highest cards, the 10 through the Ace, all five of the same suit. A royal flush is actually an ace-high straight flush. Which suit it is doesn't matter in poker. Two people with royal flushes would tie.
   
Straight Flush
Any five cards of the same suit in consecutive numerical order. Our example shows a five-high straight flush.
   
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same denomination. Our example shows four jacks with a deuce kicker.
   
Full House
Any three cards of the same denomination, plus any pair of a different denomination. Ties are broken first by the three of a kind, then the pair. Our example shows sevens full of threes.
   
Flush
Any five non-consecutive cards of the same suit. Our example shows a queen-high diamond flush.
   
Straight
Any five consecutive cards of mixed suits. Ace can be high or low. Our example shows a six-to-ten straight.
   
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same denomination. Our example displays three of a kind, fours.
   
Two Pair
Any two cards of the same denomination, plus any other two cards of the same denomination. If both hands have the same high pair, the second pair wins. If both pairs tie, the high card wins. Our example shows two pair, eights and fives.
   
Pair
Any two cards of the same denomination. Our example displays a pair of nines. In a tie, the high card wins.
   
High Card
If no other hand is achieved, the highest card held wins. In our example, the king of hearts is the high card.
 

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Odds against Being Dealt Certain Hands in Five Cards

This is also what you can expect to see on the five-card board in Texas hold'em.

Hand

Odds

Royal Flush

649,740 to 1

Straight Flush

72,192 to 1

Four of a Kind

4,164 to 1

Full House

693 to 1

Flush

508 to 1

Straight

254 to 1

Three of a Kind

46 to 1

Two Pair

20 to 1

One Pair

1.37 to 1

No Pair

1 to 1

 
 
 

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