# What is the most common poker hand

There are 10 different hands in Texas Hold'em - everything from royal flush to full house to lousy high card is included. Here is the list of the order of hand ratings:

### Official order of cards in poker

• Royal flush: A straight from a ten to an ace with all five cards of the same suit. In poker, all colors are equal.
• Straight flush: Any straight with all five cards of the same suit.
• Four of a Kind or Poker or Quads: Any four cards of the same rank. If two players share the same four of a kind (on the board), the larger fifth card (the "kicker") decides who wins the pot.
• Full house: All three cards of the same rank together with any two cards of the same rank. So three of a kind and a pair.
• Flush: All five cards of the same suit (not consecutive). The highest card determines the rank of the flush.
• Straight or straight:Five consecutive cards of different suits. Aces can count as either high or low cards.
• Trips or triples:All three cards of the same rank.
• Two pairs: Any two cards of the same rank together with any two other cards of the same rank.
• A few: Any two cards of the same rank.
• High card: Any hand that is not in the above hands.

### Explanation of the order in poker

- If two players have a straight or a straight flush, the player whose straight or straight flush goes up to the higher card wins.

- If two players have four of a kind (also called quads or poker), the one with the highest four of a kind wins. If these are identical, the highest additional card (also called kicker) wins.

- If two players have a flush, the player with the highest card in the flush wins. If these are identical, it goes to the second highest, then to the third highest, etc. It does not matter which suit the flush is in.

- If two players have a full house, the one with the higher three of a kind wins. If these are identical, the one with the higher pair wins.

- If two players have two pairs, the one with the larger high pair wins. If these are identical, the one with the higher lower pair wins. If these are also identical, the one with the highest additional card wins.

- If two players have a pair, the one with the higher pair wins. If these are identical, it goes to the highest additional card, then to the second highest, then to the third highest.

- If two players have a high card, the highest card is played. If these are identical, it goes after the second highest, etc.

### Does a straight beat a flush?

No. This is one of the most common misconceptions in poker. In Texas Holdem, a flush (five cards of the same suit) always beats a straight (five cards in a sequence of numbers). A straight flush, which is five cards of the same suit in a row, beats both hands.

### Which is better - two couples or trips?

A triplet always beats two pairs.

### Does "only red" or "only black" beat a straight?

"Only red" or "only black" means nothing in poker. To make a flush in poker you must have five cards of the same suit. That means five spades, hearts, clubs or diamonds. All of one color is not a poker hand.

### Does it matter if I have higher flush cards?

It does. In Hold'em, you win when you have a flush with an ace as the highest card and your opponent has a flush with a king as the highest card. The easiest way to understand who is winning is to lay out your entire five-card hand and compare it to your opponent's hand. If someone has a higher card, that person wins (obviously you both split the cards on the board).

### Which color is rated the highest?

In poker, colors don't count. Spades are no better than hearts, clubs are no higher than diamonds, etc. If you have the same hand as your opponent, but of different suits, then simply split the pot. This misunderstanding comes from other games where colors play a role.

### Are the poker hand rankings different for other poker games?

Not with all normal variants. The ranking lists are the same for the most important poker variants - Texas Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, 5-Card Draw. In split games - Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud Hi-Lo - half of the pot is given to the lowest hand. In lowball games like 2-7 Triple Draw and Razz, only the lowest hand wins the pot. Straights and flushes don't count in Razz, while in 2-7 they actually count against you.

### What are the poker hand rankings for 3-card poker?

3-Card Poker is a casino table game and while it has the name "Poker" in its title, it is not exactly the same game. The ranking of the poker hands is the same as the standard poker variants, with one major exception - straights are better than flushes. That means in 3-card poker a straight beats a flush.

### Do I have something special with 3 pairs?

Absolutely not. You just use your two highest pairs. There is no such thing as "3-pair" in poker.

### Is there a difference between trips and a set? What is better?

Trips and a set are the same hand: three of a kind. The difference is how to do three of a kind. A set is formed when your pocket pair hits a card on the board. Trips are made when you use two cards on the board and one in your hand to make three of a kind.

### What if there is a road on the board?

The pot is split provided neither player has a better hand (flush or higher) or someone has a higher straight with the cards in their hand.

### What is a four flush?

A four-of-a-kind flush is when you use four cards of the same suit on the board and one from your hand to complete a flush. This is one of the key differences between No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha. In PLO you have to use two of your cards and therefore there is no four flush.

### What if I have the same pair as my opponent?

Again, the pot is split. Pocket aces versus pocket aces generally means that you have a split pot (unless someone is lucky enough to hit a four-of-a-kind flush on the board).

### Can you make a straight with 4-3-2-A-K?

No. While the ace can make both the lowest straight (A-2-3-4-5) and the highest straight (A-K-Q-J-10), it cannot “go around the corner”.

### Will my 3-3-3-A-A full house beat my opponent's 8-8-8-8-K-K?

No. In the case of hands, the three of a kind decides the winner first. In the example above, the full house with three eights is better than the full house with three threes.

### Who wins with four of a kind on the board?

The player with the highest kicker. For example, if the board shows 8-8-8-8-8-5 and you have A-K versus K-Q, you win. (The best five-card hand is 8-8-8-8-A, and the opponent's hand is 8-8-8-K).

### What is the difference between Vierling and "Quads"?

Nothing. They are exactly the same hand.