This article is a part of our series on the basics of poker. As you play poker, various combinations of cards will be superior to others. The layout below shows you the standard rank of different poker hands used by almost every poker room or online poker sites when playing most versions of poker. The rankings are shown from highest rank (top) to lowest (bottom):



Royal Flush
Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 all of the same suit. Technically a royal flush is just a straight flush with the ace high, however, many people consider it a rank in itself. 


Straight Flush
Five consecutive cards (in numerical sequence) all of the same suit.
In a tie, the player with the higher straight wins.


Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same numerical value or rank.
In a tie, the highest ranking four of a kind wins.


Full House
Three of a kind with a pair.
In a tie, highest ranking three of a kind wins.


Flush
Five cards of the same suit.


Straight
Five consecutive cards (in numerical sequence) unsuited.
In a tie, the player with the higher straight wins.


Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same numerical value or rank.
In a tie, highest ranking three of a kind wins.


Two Pair
Two pair (cards of the same rank).
In a tie, highest pair wins, if still tied then the player who has the second highest pair wins. If they have the exact same two pair then the player with the highest kicker wins.


Pair
Two cards of the same rank.
In a tie, highest pair wins, if still tied the player with the highest kicker wins. 


High Card
The highest card(s) in a hand (Ace highest card, 2 lowest).

Now that you know what hands you need, let’s learn about how to place your bet.