Variations in Poker Hands

Poker games are designed to include various hands. These poker-hands come in different rankings which decide the winners in the game. The rules of the game dictate the hands to come in a set of five cards. Moreover, each of these hands has their own value and rank in the sequence. Whether you want to play at real online casino sites for real money or for free, you must know these hands to win bigger.

Keep reading to know different types of poker hands and their ranks.


Royal Flush

This is the best hand in the entire game. It comprises five cards, all from the same suit. Furthermore, the five cards include an Ace, a King, a Queen, a Jack and a 10 in this particular sequence. 

Example: a) A, K, Q, J and 10 of Spades. 


Straight Flush

The straight flush comprises five numerical cards from the same suit. These numbers must be consecutive offering a straight-set. However, this isn’t just limited to numerical.

You can even continue to form sequences using the face cards (A, K, Q and J) along with the numerical ones. 

Example: a) 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 of Diamonds

  1. b) Q, J, 10, 9, 8 of Clubs


Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank but a different suit. The 5th card is known as the Kicker. Four of a Kind hand is also known as Quad. 

If two players have the same valued four of a kind suits, the highest kicker card decides the winner of the two.

Example: a) 6, 6, 6, 6, Q – This includes 6 of Spades, 6 of Clubs, 6 of Diamonds and 6 of Hearts. 

  1. b) K, K, K, K, 8


Full House

This constitutes 3 cards of same rank + 2 cards of same ranks, all from different suits. 

Example: 10, 10, 10, 6, 6



Flush includes 5 cards of the same suit but different ranks. They do not have to be in numerical order.

Example: A, K, 6, 4, 3 of Hearts.



The straight hand consists of 5 cards of different suits which are numerically connected. 

Example: 9 (Spades), 8 (Clubs), 7 (Hearts), 6 (Diamonds) and, 5 (Clubs).


In straight hands, an Ace can be used as a high rank or low-rank sequence.

High Rank: A, K, Q, J, 10

Low Rank: 5, 4, 3, 2, A


Three of a Kind

This includes 3 cards of the same rank. The remaining 2 cards can be anything.

Example: 10 (Diamonds), 10 (Clubs), 10 (Hearts), 7 (Clubs), 3 (Diamonds).


Two Pair

A set consisting of two different pairs of two same rank cards. 

Example: Q (Diamonds), Q (Clubs), 7 (Hearts), 7 (Spades), and 5 (Diamonds).


One Pair

This set consists of one pair of the same rank cards.

Example: K (Clubs), K (Hearts), 4 (Spades), 9 (Hearts), 3 (Diamonds).


High Card

Five cards constituted of all different ranks and different types of cards forming no pair whatsoever. This is also known as No Pair and is the worst poker hand.

Example: K (Hearts), 10 (Spades), 7 (Diamonds), 5 (Clubs), 2 (Hearts).