Poker Ranking

Poker Card Ranking

Royal Flush

The highest among the best poker hands. It is a unique combination of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten each of the same suit. The probability of getting it is 0.000154% (odds as 649739:1). The Royal Flush is an invincible Hand because any player who possesses cannot be beaten under any circumstances.

Straight Flush

The second-most difficult and the second-most invincible card combination, it features five suited cards in increasing numerical sequence. The probability of getting Straight Flush is 0.00139% (odds as 72192:1). Theoretically, the only way it can be beaten is by a Royal Flush.

Four of a Kind

The third in the list of priority of poker winning hands, it involves exactly four cards of the same rank plus one random card. It is the highest-ranking ‘Four of a Kind’ that is used to decide a winner. It has a probability of 0.0240% (odds as 4164:1) of occurrence.

Full House

It is a much simpler card configuration in which the cards are arranged in a 3+2 formation. It consists of three similar cards of one rank and another two similar cards of a different rank. A game changer, this Hand is used to decide the winner because the player with the highest ranking three cards is the winner. The probability of getting it is 0.1441% (odds as 693:1)

Flush

It consists of five cards of the same suit without any sequence. If several players get a Flush, then the winner is decided on the basis of card rankings. The probability of getting it is 0.1965% (odds as 508:1) among all poker winning hands.

Straight

It consists of five cards of different suits that are arranged in perfect numerical sequence. The highest-ranking card is used as the tie-breaker if such a case is found. A special case in it is that the Ace can act both as the High or Low card depending on the cards it is placed with. The probability of getting it is 0.3925% (odds as 254:1).

Three of a Kind

A relatively simple configuration that involves three cards of the same ranking and two random (unrelated) cards. This arrangement is used to decide in case of a tie-breaker. The probability of getting it is 2.1128% (odds as 46.3:1)

Two Pair

Two Pair Poker consists of two cards of the same rank, another two cards of some other rank that match each other but not the first pair, besides one card not of either rank.

Pair

It has two matched cards of the same rank, and three random and unrelated side cards. This is quite a common scenario to find it in every few games in Texas Holdem hand rankings or those of Omaha as well.

High Card

It can be simply any card that does not fall into any of the categories mentioned above. It is best used to break the deadlock and determine the winner in case of a tie, provided none of the aforementioned hand rankings are available. If the first cards are identical, the second card is taken into account. If they are also identical, then the next one and so on until the first superior card is found.