Rank of Hands

The rank of hands remains the same no matter which type of poker game you play.

In a nutshell, a poker hand consists of five cards. Poker hands fall into one of several categories, such as flush, straight, or two pair. The player with the highest ranking hand is the winner.


Royal Flush

A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.


Straight Flush

A straight flush is a five-card straight, all in the same suit.


Four of a Kind - Quads

Quads, or four of a kind, are four cards of equal rank.


Full House or Full Boat

A full house, or full boat, contains a set (three) of cards of one rank and a pair of another rank.



A flush is any five cards, all of the same suit.



Five cards of sequential rank. Every possible straight will contain either a 5 or a 10.


Three of a Kind or Set

Three cards of the same rank.


Two Pair

A two pair is two cards of one rank and another two cards of another rank.



One pair is two cards of the same rank.


High Card

The hand with the highest card(s) wins.


In the event of a tie with either four of a kind, three of a kind, two pair, or one pair, the highest unpaired side card or 'kicker' in a player's hand wins the pot.

For example: Player A: Kc, Kh, 6s, 6h, Qh
Player B: Ks, Kh, 6s, 6h, 9d

Player A wins the hand with Q kicker.

Some games are called Hi/Lo Games (Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo and Omaha Hi/Lo) because to win the pot, not only do you need to consider the rank of hands explained above (Hi) but also the lowest hand (Lo). The pot is then split between two winning hands: the high one and the low one.

We've covered the high hands above. A low hand is a hand that contains five different cards inferior or equal to 8. E.g. A-2-4-7-8

PartyPoker.net offers two games where the pot is split between the best high hand and the best low hand - Omaha Hi/Lo and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo. Hi/Lo games are played with an 'eight qualifier' for the low hand, where a player must have five unpaired cards lower than eight in order to win the low part of the pot.

Straights and flushes do not count toward a low hand, and aces are treated as the lowest card. Hands with five cards of equal rank share the low pot equally, regardless of suit.

In Hi/Lo games, as played on PartyPoker.com, the best possible low hand is a 5-high straight, called a wheel or a bicycle. Should two or more players have wheels/bicycles, the low portion of the pot is split. All wheels/bicycles are equal regardless of suit.

If nobody gets five different cards inferior or equal to eight, then there is no low hand and only the highest hand is taken into consideration to elect the winner. There will only be one winner and the pot won't be split.