Card and Hand Ranks in Draw Poker

5 card draw poker is played with a 52 deck of cards, and each card has a value. The five cards that are dealt with together make a hand. There are ten winning card combinations in 5 card draw poker when playing online poker for real money and crypto.

They are as follows, ranks based on highest to lowest.

The first one – Royal Flush

It is the highest poker hand. It contains an Ace, a King, a Queen, a Jack, and a 10, and all belong to the same suit.

The second one – Straight Flush

The five cards are increasing, or decreasing values and they belong to the same suit—for example, 5,4,3,2 and an Ace in Hearts or 6,7,8,9 and a Jack in Diamonds.

Third up, Four-of-a-Kind

Four of the five cards are of the same value. The fifth card can be anything. For example, 4,4,4,4, and a Queen are of this rank. This combination is also known as quads.

And fourth, Full House

The hand has three cards of the same value, and the remaining two cards are a pair—for example, 4,4,4,2, and 2.

Fifth is the Flush

The five-card in hand belongs to the same suit. The cards need not be in sequence.

And next comes Straight

The five cards are in increasing or decreasing values, and they belong to mixed suits. For example, an Ace, 2,3,4, 5, or 8,7,6,5, and 4, and each of the cards belong to a different suit.

Rank 7: Three–of–a–Kind

In this card combination, three of the five-card draw have the same value, and each of the remaining cards can be anything. For example, 4,4,4, a Jack, and a 10 is of this rank. This combination is also known as trips.

Rank 8: Two Pairs

A pair of cards means two cards are of the same value. In a Two Pairs hand, four cards make up two sets of pairs. The fifth card can be anything—for example, 8,8,2,2, and an Ace.

Rank 9: Pair

Two cards among the five-card draw have the same value. The remaining three cards can be any value other than the pair’s value—for example, 5,5,3, a Jack, and an Ace.

Rank 10: High Card

This hand is of the lowest value. When the cards in your hand do not form any of the above card combinations, you have a High Card hand—for example, an Ace, a Jack, 9,5, and 3.

Card ranks

You can find the cards ranked from highest to lowest in 5 card draw below:

Rank 1: Ace

Rank 2: King

Rank 3: Queen

Rank 4: Jack

Rank 5: Face value 10

Rank 6: Face value 9

Rank 7: Face value 8

Rank 8: Face value 7

Rank 9: Face value 6

Rank 10: Face value 5

Rank 11: Face value 4

Rank 12: Face value 3

Rank 13: Face value 2

An Ace can be of Rank 14 if its value is taken as one instead of 11.

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