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Poker Cards- Best Hand Rankings Beginner Guide

Let’s Understand Your Poker Hands Better!

Wondering about poker cards that can turn battle in your favor? Will Royal Flush or Straight Flush be your lucky charm? What to choose between different poker hands that will make you win the pot? All your hurdles will stop here.

As a beginner, It is common to get confused in choosing the right poker hand. Poker Tempo’s super easy guide on poker cards ranking will bring you out of this confusion.

Poker hand rankings refer to the series of cards likely to win. This list takes Royal Flush on the top and High card at the bottom.

A deck of cards consists of 52 cards. Every poker card ranks from high to low such as Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Different cards of similar suits are considered the same. For example, Queen of Heart and queen of the spade are recognized as equals.

A poker hand comprises the best five-cards arranged as per their rankings. Any card from high rankings can be used against lower-ranking poker cards. If cards fall in the same category, then the individual ranking decides the winner.

A player indeed gets more than five poker cards, but to create a poker hand player chooses five cards. This is where the player starts using his skills. The right poker hand is the key that unlocks success for an online poker player.

So let’s study it in detail-:

Different Poker Cards Ranking

Royal Flush

The Royal Flush takes the first place in poker hand ranking. Now the question is, What creates the Royal Flush? The player who is lucky enough to possess an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same group said to have a Royal Flush. For example, Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of Spade. The probability of getting a Royal flush is lowest, but success in achieving this can make you a king of poker.

Straight Flush

This poker hand takes second place in poker cards ranking. Straight Flush consists of five cards belonging to a similar suit. For instance. J, 10, 9, 8, and 7 of heart. If both the players have Straight Flush, then the high card decides the winner. For instance, a Straight Flush of Queen, Jack. 10, 9, 8 will win over a Straight Flush of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6.

Four of a Kind

This type of poker card combination is unique to the Royal Flush and Straight Flush. Four of a Kind poker hand player possesses four cards belonging to one rank, and one card belongs to another rank. For instance, four cards of 5s and one card of Ace or four cards of 6s and one card of king creates Four of a kind poker hands. The first four cards of both the players decide who is the winner in them. For example, a player with the Queen in the first four cards wins over the player with Jack.

Full House

Stands at fourth place, Full House uses Three of a kind and a pair together. AAAKK is considered as the highest poker cards combo that no one can beat. The combination of Aces and King is also known as Aces Full of Kings. This may be the case that both players get Full house. In that situation first, three card rankings decide the winner. Also, if both players have the same cards in the first three places, then the other two cards ranking decides the winner. Also, there are cases where both players hold the same five cards. In that scenario, no one becomes the winner.

For example-:

The first case- First three-card rankings- The player holding KKK22 will win over the player holding QQQ55.

The second case- Last two poker cards ranking- Player who possesses KKK55 will win over a player with KKK33.

The third case- All cards ranking- No one will win if all the cards ranking of both players are similar- tie between players when both are having JJJ55


These poker hands grab the fifth position in this list. If a player possesses five cards from the same group irrespective of their sequence, then he has a Flush. For example, K J 8 9 7 of the club is a Flush, and Q, K, J, 10,6 of the spade is also a Flush. If both the players get Flush, then the top card decides the winner. If both the players have similar cards, then the next high card decides the winner. For example, K, J, Q, 9, 10 wins over Q, K, 9, 8,7 and K, K, 9,6,3 wins over K, Q, J, 5, 4, 1


Straight comes sixth in this sequence. Unlike Straight Flush, this poker hand demands sequential cards belong to different suits. For example, A, K, Q, J, 10 of different suit cards wins over 10, 9, 8,7, and 6 of cards of different suits.

Three of a Kind

One of the important parts of Full House poker hands, Three of a Kind takes seventh place in this series. Three Aces, a King, and a Queen make the best combo in this poker hand. In this, Queen and king are side cards. If both the players have the same Three of a Kind, then side cards decide the winner. For example, AAAKQ wins over KKKQJ, and AAAKQ wins over AAAQJ


Another significant part of Full Flush, Two-pair comes at eighth place in this poker card ranking. This poker hand combination forms, When a player gets two cards of the same rank followed by another two cards of the same rank and one card of a different rank.

For example, KKQQ10. In the case of a tied player holding a high ranking pair wins the match. If the first pair is similar, then the second pair decides the winner, and if both the pairs are similar, then the last card decides the winner.


The first case - KKJJ10 wins over QQJJ10

The second case - KKQQ9 wins over KKJJ8

The third case - KKJJ7 wins over KKJJ5

One Pair

This poker hand takes ninth place in the series. One pair of poker hand forms when a player holds two cards of the same rank and three cards of different ranks. AAKQJ is considered as the best form of One Pair. For example, AAKJ10 wins over KKJ96


When a five-card combination does not fall in the above mentioned categories, then it could be a High card combination. For example, King, Jack, 10, 9, 7 of similar suit cards or different cards. Ace to five is not possible in Straight and Straight Flush, So we can say such poker hands are High card poker hands.

Every High-Card poker hand is listed according to the high-rank card. This procedure is followed again and again with the next best ranking card until the lowest ranking card comes.

For example, K(Heart), 7(club), 4(diamond), 3(club), 2 (spade) wins over Queen(spade), Jack(club), 5(diamond),4(heart), 3(spade).Queen(spade), Jack(club), 5(diamond),4(heart), and 3(spade) wins over Queen(spade), Jack(club), 4(Heart), 8(club), and 2(diamond). Queen(spade), Jack(club), 4(Heart),8(club), and 2(diamond) wins over Queen(spade), Jack(club), 4(Heart), 7(spade), and 5(diamond). Queen(spade), Jack(club), 4(Heart), 7(spade), and 5(diamond) wins over Queen(spade), Jack(club), 4(Heart), 7(spade), and 4(diamond). Difference in suit does not matter in high-card ranking

So these are the most important poker cards ranking that every beginner should know. This useful guide will help you to decide your best poker hands. Practice these hand rankings and take a big step towards success in poker games

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