Hand Ranking for Poker

The following lists the order (or ranking) of valid poker hands from highest to lowest in value. These hands are valid for all types of poker including five card draw.

Five of a kind

Highest hand possible with wild cards.

Straight flush

Five cards in sequence in the same suit. A royal straight flush (A-K-Q-J-10 in same suit) is the highest non-wild-card poker hand possible.

Four of a kind

Four cards of the same rank.

Full house

Three of a kind and a pair. When matching full houses, the one with the higher three of a kind wins.


Five cards of the same suit.


Any five cards in sequence but not all of the same suit.

Three of a kind

Three of the same rank with two unmatched cards.

Two pair

Two cards of one rank with two cards of a different rank with one dissimilar card. When matching pairs occurs between players, the one with the higher fifth card wins.


Any two cards of the same rank.

High card

Highest card in hand.