Ranking of Video Poker Hands

August 1, 2014

Last updated: Oct 10, 2006

Playing Video Poker requires an understanding of the various poker hands.

Video Poker card suits

Video Poker is played with a 52-card deck split into four different suits. This suits are: Clubs - Diamonds - Hearts - Spades.

Clubs Diamonds Hearts Spades
Ten of Clubs Ten of Diamonds Ten of Hearts Ten of Spades

Neither suit is more or less powerful than another except on specialized machines.

Video Poker card ranks

Each of four suits contains 13 cards. Cards rank from lowest (2) to highest (10) in value. Above the numbered cards are the Jack, Queen and King. The Ace is ranked as the highest card but can also be ranked as a 1 if required.

Two of Clubs Three of Clubs Four of Clubs Five of Clubs Six of Clubs Seven of Clubs Eight of Clubs Nine of Clubs Ten of Clubs Joker of Clubs Queen of Clubs King of Clubs Ace of Clubs

Video Poker hands

A poker hand consists of 5 cards. There are various card combinations in Video Poker and each combination has a different value based on the difficulty and odds of getting such a hand. They are listed below in order of difficulty from the most difficult (and most points) to the easiest (and fewest points).

Remember that the cards will not usually be in order when displayed on the screen.

Royal Flush

This is the highest value hand possible. It contains all "royal cards" (Aces, King, Queen, Jack, and a 10), all in the same suit.

Ace of Clubs King of Clubs Queen of Clubs Joker of Clubs Ten of Clubs

At some Video Poker versions the Royal Flush can be named 'Royal Flush Natural' or 'Natural Royal Flush', that means that the hand was formed without Wild cards.

On the contrary, some games feature 'Wild Royal Flush' where wild cards are used, for example

  • Joker Royal Flush - at Joker Poker, where Joker is Wild.
  • Sequential Royal
  • Hi Royal Flush
  • Lo Royal Flush

Straight Flush

The five cards must be in sequential order, and they must be of the same suit. This is both a straight and a flush in the same hand.

The Ace can be used as a low card in order to achieve a straight flush e.g.. Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 all of the same suit.

Eight of Clubs Nine of Clubs Ten of Clubs Joker of Clubs Queen of Clubs

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank, such as four jacks. It's often called "quads" or "4oak"

Ten of Diamonds Ten of Clubs Ten of Spades Ten of Hearts Four of Clubs

Aces and Eights Video Poker has special payouts for four of a kind:

  • Four of a Kind (Aces or Eights) - Four of a Kind consisting of Aces or Eights
  • Four of a Kind (Sevens) - same as Four of a Kind, but the cards have to be Sevens
  • Four of a Kind (Others)

Aces and Faces Video Poker is another standard poker with higher payouts for:

  • Four (Aces)
  • Four Jacks, Queens, Kings
  • Four of 2-10

Five of a Kind

Five cards of the same value. This combination can only occur in games with a wild card, such as Deuces Wild, Bonus Deuces Wild Poker and Joker Poker.

Full House

A Full House (also called "Full Boat") contains 3 cards of the same rank along with 2 other cards of the same rank.

Ten of Clubs Ten of Hearts Ten of Spades Eight of Diamonds Eight of Clubs

Flush

Five cards of the same suit. They do not have to be consecutive.

Four of Clubs Two of Clubs Joker of Clubs Six of Clubs

Straight

Five consecutive cards, such as 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. They need not be of the same suit. An ace can be used in two ways. It can be have a value of 1, and be placed in an A, 2, 3, 4, 5 sequence, or it can also be placed above the king in a 10, J, Q, K, A sequence.

Six of Hearts Seven of Clubs Eight of Diamonds Nine of Clubs Ten of Spades

Three of a kind

Three cards of the same value along with 2 other unrelated cards. Example: three "tens". It's often called "trips" or "3oak".

Ten of Clubs Ten of Diamonds Ten of Hearts Four of Clubs Two of Clubs

Two pairs

It contains 2 cards of the same rank and another 2 cards of the same rank There is also a fifth unrelated card. Suits are different.

Ten of Spades Ten of Clubs Eight of Diamonds Eight of Clubs Two of Clubs

One pair

Two of the five cards are the same value. The cards must be jacks or higher to be considered a winner (eg. Jacks or Better Video Poker). But some machine will not pay for a pair of any kind but will require two pair or three of a kind as their minimum winning hand (eg. Dueces Wild).

Joker of Diamonds Joker of Clubs Eight of Diamonds Seven of Clubs Five of Clubs

High card

It is the lowest type of hand possible. You cannot create a better hand with your 5 cards then what remains . This has no value to the Video Poker player.

Wild Cards

Wild cards can be used as any other card in the standard 52 card deck. The hand that is made up using a wild card is sometimes valued equally to the normal hand and sometimes it is valued less - this all depends upon which machine you are playing.

The most often used wild cards are the 2's (deuces), jokers and 7's.

Microgaming Video Poker with Wild cards: Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Joker, Joker Poker