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Hand Rankings (Poker Hands)
POKER RULES

A poker hand consists of 5 playing cards. Poker hands fall into one of several categories, such as flush, straight, or two pair. The player whose hand is in the higher category wins. If two players have hands in the same category, the tie is broken usually by who has higher cards. Below is a table of the hand categories, highest to lowest.

Category Example Tiebreaker
Straight Flush
JsTs9s8s7s
Jack-high straight flush
A Straight Flush consists of 5 cards in numerical sequence, all of the same suit. The higher straight flush wins. AKQJT is the highest straight flush, and is also called the royal flush. 5432A is the lowest straight flush.
4-of-a-kind
5s5h5c5dKs
Quad fives, King kicker
The higher 4-of-a-kind wins. If two players have the same 4-of-a-kind, then the highest 5th card wins. 4-of-a-kind is also known as quads.
Full House
QhQsQd9c9h
Queens full of nines
A full house consists of a 3-of-a-kind and a pair. The higher 3-of-a-kind wins. If two players have the same 3-of-a-kind, then the highest pair wins. The Full House is also known as a boat.
Flush
AcQcJc9c3c
Ace-high flush
A Flush consists of 5 cards of the same suit. The flush with the higher top card wins. If two flushes have the same top card, then the flush with the higher 2nd-to-top card wins, and so on.
Straight
KdQhJcTd9s
King-high straight
A Straight consists of 5 cards in numerical sequence. The straight with the higher top card wins. AKQJT is the highest straight; 5432A is the lowest straight (5432A is also called a wheel).
3-of-a-kind
7h7d7cJhTs
Trip sevens, Jack kicker
The higher 3-of-a-kind wins. If two hands have the same 3-of-a-kind, then the 2 kickers (unpaired cards) are used to break the tie. 3-of-a-kind is also known as trips. If you have a pocket pair in Texas Hold'em, and you form trips by the third card coming onto the board, this is known as a set.
Two pair
AcAh6s6dKs
Aces over sixes, King kicker
The hand with the higher top pair wins. If the top pairs are equal, then the bottom pairs are used to break the tie. If those are also equal, then the kicker (unpaired card) is used to break the tie.
One pair
KsKdAh4s2s
Pair of Kings, Ace kicker
The hand with the higher pair wins. If the pairs are equal, then the kickers are used to break the tie, first by comparing the highest kicker, then the 2nd highest kicker, and finally the lowest kicker.
High card
QhTh9c6d3s
Queen-high
If a hand does not fit in any other category, it is judged by high cards. Two hands are compared by taking the highest cards and comparing them. If those are equal, then the 2nd highests are compared, and so on.

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