Open Face Chinese Poker Hand Rankings

A Cheat Sheet of Poker Hand Rankings!

Hand rankings

The key to any poker game and its variations is knowing the hand rankings. Of course you can always bring a cheat sheet to the game, but that will just give you away.

Royal flush is the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of any suit. A royal flush is an unbeatable hand.

Straight Flush: Five suited cards in sequence. 

 Highest rank at the top of the sequence wins when players tie.

Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank, and one side card (kicker)..

 Highest-ranking Four of a Kind breaks a tie.

Full House: Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank.

Full House with the highest ranking three cards breaks a tie.

Flush: Five suited cards.

If multiple players have a flush, subsequent card rankings will be used, one at a time, to determine the winner. If all five cards are identical, the pot will be split. The suit itself is never used to break a tie in poker.

Straight: Five cards in sequence.

Highest-ranking card at the top of the sequence breaks the tie.

Note: The Ace is the only card that may be used at the top or bottom of the sequence. A,K,Q,J,T is the highest (Ace high) straight; A,2,3,4,5 is the lowest (Five high) straight.

Three of a kind: Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards.

Highest ranking three of a kind breaks a tie.

Two pair: Two matched-rank cards, two different matched-rank cards, and one side card.

Highest pair breaks a tie. The second pair or side card will break a tie if certain cards are identical.

One pair: Two matched-rank cards, and three unrelated side cards.

Highest pair breaks a tie. The player with the first superior side card will break a tie if pairs are identical.

High card: Any hand that does not qualify under a category listed above.

In the event of a tie: Highest card breaks a tie. If first cards are identical, the first superior card wins the game.