Hand Rankings

Know your poker hand rankings and you can play any game of poker.

In house or online, the hands rank the same way. What changes is whether you want to play a split-pot game, or not.

Most poker games stick to a strict high-card-wins code where the winner takes the whole pot. Games like Texas Holdem, Omaha and 7-Card Stud.

In Hi-Lo games the highest and lowest are both the best poker hand. Catch an ace and you could take the whole pot. Play high. Play low. Play Omaha Hi/Lo or 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo.

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Poker Hand Rankings. Hi to Lo.

All poker games rank high hands the same way.

Royal Flush

A, K, Q, J and 10 all in the same suit.

If there are 2 or more Royal Flushes at showdown, the pot is split.

Straight Flush

5 cards in numerical sequence, all from the same suit.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more Straight Flushes, the highest ranked card at the top of the sequence has the winning poker hand and gets the pot. If there are 2 or more of the same run, the pot is split.

4 of a Kind

4 cards of the same rank with the fifth card being the highest.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more 4 of a Kinds, the highest one wins. When there is more than one 4 of a Kind in a game with community cards, the highest fifth card by rank (the kicker) wins. If the kicker is also of the same rank, the pot is split.

Full House

3 cards of matching rank, with 2 additional cards of a different matching rank.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more Full Houses, the highest 3 matching cards win. If the same 3 matching cards appear in games with community cards, the highest set of 2 matching cards win. If the hands are identical in rank, the pot is split.

Flush

5 cards of a matching suit.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more Flushes, the highest-ranked card is the winner. If needed, the second, third, fourth or fifth highest cards are used to break a tie. If there are 2 or more same-ranked Flushes, the pot is split.

Straight

5 cards in ranked sequence.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more Straights, the Straight with the highest ranked card wins. If there are 2 or more same-ranked Straights, the pot is split.

3 of a Kind

3 cards of matching rank.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more 3 of a Kinds, the highest one wins. Where the same 3 matching cards appear in a game using community cards, the highest ranked fourth (or fifth if needed) card wins. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.

2 Pair

When there are 2 cards of matching rank with 2 additional cards of a different matching rank.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more 2-Pair hands, the highest pair wins. If the 2 highest pairs are of the same rank, the highest second pair wins. If both pairs are identical, the highest fifth card by rank (the kicker) wins. If the kicker is also of the same rank, the pot is split.

1 Pair

2 cards of matching rank.

Tied hand: If there are 2 One Pairs, the highest pair by rank wins. If there are 2 pairs of the same rank, the highest-ranked unrelated card wins. If needed, look to the second and third highest-ranked unrelated cards. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.

High Card

The highest of 5 cards when they are not of the same suit or rank, and are not sequential.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more High-Card hands, the highest ranked card wins. If needed, look to the second, third, fourth and fifth highest-ranked cards. If the hands are identical, the pot is split.

Hand Rankings HI/LO

Hi/Lo poker games count the highest and lowest hand.

Low hands must have 5 differently numbered cards to rank as a winning poker hand. Suits and ranked runs like Flushes and Straights, don’t count when ranking low hands. That means low hands can be both the lowest and highest hand. Aces are the highest card in high hand ranks and the lowest card in low hand ranks.

 

Low winning poker hand ranking. Hi to Lo.

5-High. The bicycle. The wheel.

5, 4, 3, 2 and Ace.

Tied hand: This is the lowest possible low hand. If there are 2 or more 5-High hands, the pot is split.

6-High

5 differently numbered cards with the highest card being a 6.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more 6-High hands, the lower of the second-ranking cards wins. Look to the third, fourth and fifth highest ranked cards when needed. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.

7-High

5 uniquely ranked cards with the highest card being a 7.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more 7-High hands, the lower second ranking card wins. The third, fourth and fifth highest ranked cards are used when necessary. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.

8-High

5 uniquely ranked cards with the highest card being an 8.

8, 7, 6, 5, 4 is the lowest of the low ranking hands.

Tied hand: If there are 2 or more 8-High hands, the lower second ranking card wins. If you need to, look to the third, fourth and fifth highest-ranked cards. If the hands rank the same, the pot is split.