# How Does Scoring Work In Poker?

The scoring in poker is based on a specific ranking of certain hand possibilities and determining which player’s hand holds the highest rank.

A player’s hand is the five or seven cards held by a player at any given time during the game. There are general rules in the scoring of poker that coincide with the specific hand rankings.

The first rule is that face cards (Jack, Queen, and King) are ranked higher than number cards (2-10). A player with an Ace card can choose for the card to be in a set with the lowest card value (2) or the highest card value (King). If multiple players have the same hand rank, the player with the larger card value wins. The player who has the best hand ranking wins the round and receives all of the chips, or money, in the pot.

## What Are the Values of Cards in Poker?

The different types of cards in poker follow a specific order from most to least valuable. This order, from the highest to lowest value card, is as follows:

1. Ace (A)
2. King (K)
3. Queen (Q)
4. Jack (J)
5. Ten
6. Nine
7. Eight
8. Seven
9. Six
10. Five
11. Four
12. Three
13. Two

## What Are The Hand Rankings In Poker?

The hand rankings, from the lowest rank to the highest rank, is as follows:

• A high card means that a player has no possible card configurations in his hand.
• A one pair means that a player has two cards of the same value. An example of one pair is a “9 of hearts” and a “9 of spades.”
• A two pair means that a player has two sets of one pair. An example of a two pair is a one pair of “9 of hearts” and “9 of spades,” and another pair of “7 of clubs” and “7 of diamonds.”
• A three of a kind means that a player has three cards of the same value. An example of a three pair is a “9 of hearts,” “9 of spades,” and “9 of diamonds.”
• A straight means that all five cards of a player’s hand are in sequential order, or face card order, but not of the same suit. An example of a straight for a player’s hand is “2 of diamonds,” “3 of clubs,” “4 of diamonds,” “5 of hearts,” and a “6 of spades.”
• A flush means that a player has five cards of the same suit, regardless of the card value. An example of a flush is “3 of spades,” “10 of spades,” “King of spades,” “7 of spades,” and a “6 of spades.”
• A full house means that a player has one pair and a three of a kind, utilizing all of his cards. An example of a full house is “4 of spades,” “4 of diamonds,” and “4 of clubs” for the three pair, and a “Queen of spades” and “Queen of hearts” for the one pair.
• A four of a kind means that a player has all four cards of the same value with each suit. An example of a four of a kind is a “8 of spades,” “8 of clubs,” “8 of diamonds,” and “8 of hearts.”
• A straight flush means that a player has all five cards in sequential order of the same suit. An example of a straight flush is a “2 of diamonds,” “3 of diamonds,” “4 of diamonds,” “5 of diamonds,” and a “6 of diamonds.”
• A royal flush means that a player has a straight flush, but the card values are specifically a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. This is the highest-ranking hand a player could hold.

## FAQ

### What happens if two players each have a two pair in poker?

When two players each have a two pair in poker, the player who has the highest pair wins. For example, if one player had A-A and Q-Q and the other player had Q-Q and 10-10, the player with the pair of Aces would win. If two players have the same high pair, i.e. both players’ high pair is A-A, the player with the higher second pair would win. If both players share the same two pairs, the player with the highest fifth card would win. In some rare cases, two players can have the exact same five-card hand resulting in a split pot.

### What happens if two players both have the same high card?

Having the same high card only applies when two or more players share the exact same strength of hand. For example, if two players both only have a pair of 7s, then they would use the high card to determine the winner. If both players have the same high card, the next highest card from each player’s hand would then be compared. If the two players share the same kicker(s) they would split the pot evenly.

### What is the best hand in poker?

The best hand in poker is a royal flush. A royal flush is a straight flush with a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. The term “royal” in the royal flush is in reference to the face cards (royalty) featured on most of the cards required for this hand.