Poker Hand Rankings | Big Stack Online Poker University

Have you just started playing poker? Are you confused about the troublesome hand-rankings of the game? If yes, you are at the correct place.

As a beginner, it’s important to be clear with all the basics of poker. To start with the game, poker hand rankings are something that any new poker player must know.

Here is a list of important poker hand rankings in the best to worst order that you must know before you start playing:-

1. Royal Flush

Royal Flush Hand Ranking | Big Stack

This is one of the elite suits of poker hand ranking. All five cards should be of the same suit, straight from ten to an ace. In poker card game all suits are ranked equally. The royal flush is the greatest poker hand ranking in poker games. eg- (A♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠10♠)

2. Straight Flush

Straight Flush Hand Ranking

Any connecting cards of the same suit are a straight flush. Eg- (9♣ 8♣ 7♣ 6♣ 5♣)

3. Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind Hand Ranking

Any four cards of the same rank are four of kind or also called as a kicker. If two players share the same, the fifth card which is bigger in rank(kicker) decides who wins the pot. Eg- (Q♥ Q♦ Q♣ Q♦ 5♣)

4. Full House

Full House hand Ranking

Any three cards of the same hand rank with any two cards of the same rank is a full house. It means three cards will be of one rank and the other two of another rank. For example, three sevens and two tens will be known as sevens full or sevens on tens. While comparing full houses, the rank of the three cards determines which card among all is the highest. For example- (10♦ 10♣ 10♠ 7♥ 7♦)

5. Flush

Flush Hand Ranking

Any five cards of a similar suit are known as flush cards. For example- (5♦ K♦ 8♦ 3♦10♦)

6. Straight

Straight Hand Ranking

Five mixed cards of any suit in a row are known as straight. The highest possible straight is A-K-Q-J-10 also known as “broadway”. For example- (9♦ 8♣ 7♥ 6♠ 5♣)

7. Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind Hand Ranking

Any three cards of the same rank and two different non-paired cards are known as three of a kind. For example- (7♦ 7♣ 7♥ 7♦ 7♣)

8. Two-pair

Two Pair Hand Ranking

Any two cards of the same rank and another two cards of different rank, and one side card is known as two-pair. For example- (9♦ 9♣ 4♦ 4♠ Q♣)

9.One Pair

Pair Hand Ranking

Any two cards of the same matching rank and three unrelated side cards are known as one pair. For example- (6♦ 10♠ A♥ A♦ 2♠)

10. High Card

High Cards Hand Ranking

The lowest possible high card in Texas Hold’em is known as a high card. For example- (5♦ J♣ 2♦ 3♠8♠)

What Are Suites in the Poker Games?


The deck of playing cards is divided into four different suites they are spades ♠, hearts ♥, diamonds ♦, and clubs ♣. Each card shows a symbol to which suit it belongs, the cards are also indicated by the color printed on it.

Ranking indicates which cards are better than the other and has more value. A deck also includes a special card that belongs to no suit, which is called jokers.

Did You Know These Facts About Your Poker Cards?

What Are the Different Types of Poker Suit

There are different signs which can be found on the cards, they are, Clubs which means a desire for knowledge, Hearts which simply means love, Diamonds stand for moolah or you can say passion for moolah, and Spades notify of the death.

Spades ♠


Spade is a symbol of the winter season. It is the personification of old age when people learn acceptance, transformation, wisdom, etc. Spade also signifies an element of water. Spade is a black heart turned upside down with stalk at its base.
In French spade is known as Pique, in German as Pik, and Switzerland as Schuufle.

Hearts ♥

You’ll find this sign in both German and French playing cards set. The heart sign represents the warmth of summer and spring seasons and also the power of light. In French, it is known as Cœur and in German as Herz. The symbol made in the cards are also a bit different:-

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French Heart PokerGerman Heart Poker

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Diamonds ♦

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This symbol denotes the fall or autumn season. It represents growth and progress in a human’s career. In short, it signifies values, security, responsibility, growth, etc.
It is the only French suit that has not been adapted from the German deck. In french it is known as Carreau, in German as Karo, and in older German-language, it is frequently referred to as Eckstein ( cornerstone). In Switzerland, the suit is called Egge.

Club ♣

The club is one of the suits among the four of the playing cards in the standard French deck. Its original French name is Trèfle which means clover and the symbol made on the card is of a three-leafed clover leaf. The Italian name of the card is Fiori which means flower. In German, it is known as Rot. And the English name Clubs is obtained from the suit of Bastoni which is an Italian Spanish suited card.
The suit of Clubs is black. However, the color can also be green depending upon the game type.


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  • The suit was originated in China, where these playing cards were invented first. Later, the invention of suit increased the level of depth and strategy of the game.
  • In different languages, cards have different terms for suits such as colors, seeds, or signs.
  • Generally, modern cards are divided into two or three general suit-systems. Talking about the older Latin suits they are subdivided into Italian and Spanish suit systems. The younger Germanic suits are subdivided into the Swiss and German suit-system.
  • The French suits are a mimic of the German suits.

What Are the Four Types of Latin Suits:-

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  • Italian- In Northern Italian the swords made on the card are curved outward and the club appears to be batons. They intersect with each other.
  • Southern Italian or Spanish- In this card the swords are straight, and the club appears to be uneven. And they do not cross each other.
  • Portuguese- These are like the Spanish card, but they intersect like Italian( Northern) ones. Sometimes they have a dragon on the aces.
  • Archaic System – They are like Northern Italian ones, but the swords are curved in an inward direction so                                                                they touch each other without intersecting

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