Does a full house beat a flush in poker?

Some people find it difficult to remember what hand beats what in poker. We often hear questions like does a full house beat a flush in poker? Can a straight run from queen to three? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, do not play poker for money!

There are only nine types of hand to remember: high card, pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind and straight flush. This is the most important thing to learn when learning poker, learn this before you learn about blinds, antes, betting routines, suit ranking orders, what community cards are...

To get you started here is the list of types of hands in order from strongest to weakest:

  • Straight Flush. Best possible type of hand. All 5 cards in your hand are in sequence and of the same suit. For example 3 of hearts, 4 of hearts, 5 of hearts, 6 of hearts, 7 of hearts. The best possible hand is known as a royal flush. It is the highest straight flush possible: 10 running to Ace.
  • Four of a kind. In a four of a kind, your hand has four cards of the same value. For example four threes.
  • Full House. A full house is a hand that contains a three of a kind and a pair. For example three aces and two sevens.
  • Flush. A flush is when all the cards in your hand are of the same suit.
  • Straight. A straight is when your cards are in sequence. For example three, four, five, six, seven. Unlike a straight flush they don’t have to be the same suit.
  • Three of a kind. A three of a kind is when three of your cards are of the same value.
  • Two Pair. Two pair is when your hand has two pairs in it. For example two jacks and two nines.
  • Pair. Your hand has one pair in it. For example two queens.
  • High card. A high card means you don’t have any of the above hands and just use your highest card.


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