How to build
a poker hand
Hand composition is the same in all types of poker games – a Royal Flush is always Ace-King-Queen-Jack and 10, whatever poker variable you play. However, their rank may change depending on the game. Pay particular attention to the order of the Full House and Flush. The rank of combinations is shown in the rules for each type of poker game.
Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit.
Five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking.
Four of a kind
Four cards of the same rank plus any other card.
Three cards of the same rank (Three of a kind) plus a pair. Three of a kind card values determine the rank of the Full house.
Example: Full house Ace-to-Six
Five cards of the same suit, not in consecutive ranking.
Example: Jack flush
Five cards in consecutive ranking, that may or may not include an Ace, regardless of suit. The Ace can count as a high or low card.
Example: Straight to the Ace
Three of a kind
Three cards of the same rank, regardless of rank and suit, and two other cards.
Example: Three of a kind–Nines Up
Two pairs of the same rank, regardless of the value and suit of the fifth card: the rank of the hand is determined by the higher of the two pairs in value.
Example: Two pairs–Queen high
Two cards of the same rank, plus three cards that cannot make a higher ranked combination.
Example: A pair of Kings
The highest ranking card.
Example: King high