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What Beats What In Poker

What Beats What In Poker

Poker: What Beats What ?

Folks, let me present these famous hand rankings to you and welcome you to the game at the same time ! Poker is a fantastic card game like no other ! No other game has such an explosive mix of luck, instinct and math. So you’re ready to win your first tournament ? And take down the 1,000,000 dollar first prize? Well figure out what beats what in poker first ! Then play at the best poker websites !




1. Royal Flush

The Royal flush beats every other poker hand. This is the ultimate hand in poker of course. You have a royal flush when you hold the 10-J-Q-K-A all of the same suit. Typically, you only make royal flushes a handful of times in your lifetime… But it does happens, I’ve hit a few  myself!

 2. Straight Flush
A straight flush is a combination of five cards of the same suit in the same order. For example, 5-6-7-8-9 is a 9 high straight flush. What does the straight flush beat? Every possible hand combination except higher straight flushes (say 10 high) and the royal flush. If you have a straight flush the probably of you having the best hand versus one opponent on the river is way above 99.99%.
3. Four of a kind
This is when you hold four of the same card, say 4-4-4-4-9
4. Full House
This is when you have three of a kind plus a pair, for example QQKKK
5. FLush
All of your cards are of the exact same suit. They can be in order or not. For example J4616 all of hearts
6. Straight
You hold five cards that are connected in a row, not necessarily of the same suit, say A-2-3-4-5
7. Three of a Kind
As the name indicates, if you hold three cards of the same number in your hand, you have three of a kind.
Three of a kind gets beat by a straight however. 
8. Two Pair
A very nice heads-up or shorthanded, two pair is when you hold two cards of the same number or rank. If you have K-K-5-5-9 you’ve got two pair: Kings and fives. 
9. One pair
This is the hand most beginners go broke with. This is when your hand only contains two cards of the same number say 7-7
10. High Card
If a player has none of the above, the player with the highest hand in their hand will win the pot. The high card get beat by every other hand combination in poker. Some professional poker players will sometimes call down on the river with ace high when they suspect that their opponents are bluffing. But this requires very accurate reads and is really suited for heads-up play.


So now that you know what beats what in poker you’re ready to start playing ! Download Full Tilt Poker today and beat the pros !


20 Responses to “What Beats What In Poker”

  1. jessie Says:

    if u have two full houses how do you know which one wins

  2. admin Says:

    Jessie, this is a good question.

    KKK33 is stronger than 33KKK

    You compare the card ranks of the 3 common cards. In this case King is higher than 3 (for the combinations of three cards).


    KKK44 > KKK33

    When the 3 cards are the same, we compare the ranks of the two other cards.

    Hope this helps

  3. oliver Says:

    does 5 in a row and a pair beat 6 in a row?

  4. admin Says:


    This a game of 5 cards.

    So you can’t have 6 in a row.

    If you hold Q J, and the board is:

    8 -9-10-7-A

    you have a Q high straight [ 8 9 10 J Q]

    a K high straight draw beats a Q high straight draw but they are always combinations of 5 cards.

  5. What is the highest hand in poker Says:

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  6. mark Says:

    OK this might sound weird but me and my bro’s where playing Texas hold’em and on the field was [ 2 3 5 6 K ] and i had [ 4 Q ] bro(simon) had [ 4 8 ] and bro(josh) had [ 4 6 ]. and i think i won because we all got straight because u can only use 5 cards cause i had Q which was highest out of 6 and 8 anyways but my bro saying he won cause he has a straight and now we all have straight so we look at our last card and see who wins, and he goes well i got a 6 and theres a 6 on the field…. who wins me or bro(josh)???¿

  7. admin Says:

    Hey Mark,

    You all won.. Remeber this is a game of 5 cards.

    You all have the same straight so you split the pot three ways.

    It doesn’t matter that you have a queen because a hand is made of only 5 cards,

    Good luck

  8. Raven Says:

    Why does a straight flush beat a four of a kind?

  9. Fred Jarvis Says:

    When playing texas holdum, does a A,2,3,4,5 count as a straight or is the A always high.
    If you are playing high hand wins and not low ball, does A,2,3,4,5 count as a straight or again is A always high as in 10,J,Q,K,A.

  10. Edward Elam Says:

    My group often plays duces and joker wild in 7 card stud. Occassionally we get two five card hands that are ranked equal. Does the highest ranking sixth card win the pot?? We had one hand where the two remaining cards were both duces. Does that beat two remaining cards that are Ace & 7 ?? This just about started a fight. Confused.

  11. Edward Elam Says:

    This comment form came back up. Does “awaiting moderation” mean that the comment above is not complete.

  12. SHea Says:

    Hi there,

    Just a quick question. I was reading down the list and saw that your example under “Flush” was J4616. Wouldn’t that be impossible considering there is only one 6 in a suit?

    Thank you, and God Bless you,


  13. admin Says:

    Edward, sorry, I know nothing about 7 card stud !

  14. admin Says:

    Shea, you are right ! hee-hee, nice catch.


  15. Gaits Says:

    whic is stronger symbol if yo have the same pair and , you and oponent got the same cards in hand like yo bouth got an 1pair, like if yo bouth got in hand a 4and 6 and theres a 6 on the board.., which 4 is stronger which symbol is stronger in poker(texas holden) ?

    the black(aces) heart , red heart, black clover , or red rhombus

    which is a beter symbol if thers a tide ,drawn,identical

  16. Lauren Says:

    Me and my husband were playing Texas Hold’em and the 5 cards that were laid out were a 9, 6, Q, 8, J and they were all diamonds. My two cards were two 8’s and my husband had an Ace of hearts and a 4 of hearts. He said we both won because we both had a Flush on the board and that were supposed to leave the pot and start a new game to add on to it. That doesn’t make any sense to me. I think I should have won because either way if we both had a flush i still had the highest hand because I had Three of a Kind and he had an Ace and 4 of Hearts. So can ya humor me a little bit please.

  17. admin Says:

    This is called a split pot, because you each had the same hand, which was the board in this case.

    You need to split the pot in half and play another hand.

  18. Filip Says:

    ?? 1 question.. who win if there are K, Q, A. 6. 3 on the board and i have A & 6 the other has K & Q?? Both have 2pairs but A is a kicker?? Its tie or what? by some logic dubble pair of KK and QQ is stronger but..

  19. admin Says:

    Hey ,

    With A 6 , you have two pair, and what we call “Aces up”

    With K Q, your friend has two pair, and “Kings up”. In effect, he has a lower two pair.

    The kicker does not intervene here, you win.

    Not sure I get your second question. But If you have KK and your friend has QQ….

    You both have trips, but KK has the highest trips and wins.

    Hope this helps Filip,

  20. Yese Says:

    Quick question: in poker, which hand would be higher: 6,6,Q or 10,Q,A and why?

    Thanks for the help 🙂

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