Five of a kind

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Five of a kind is a poker hand that contains five cards of the same rank. It ranks above all other poker hands, and is only possible in games that allow a ‘’wild card’’. Higher ranking sets of five win over lower sets. Because it can only be obtained in games using a wild card, it is considered a non-standard poker hand.


A poker hand consists of five cards. Although in many poker games each player has seven cards to play, the two extra cards are not used to determine the winner. If two, or more, players have identical five-card hands, they will divide the pot equally between them. The cards are ranked Ace , King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 . An Ace may also be used as a low card, below the 2 in making a straight, or a straight flush. The suits have no rank in poker, and are not used to determine the winner of a hand.

Non-standard hands

Usually, non-standard poker hands are created by house rules and are not recognized by official poker rules. Nonstandard hands usually appear in games of five card draw poker and can include:

  • High card
  • Pair
  • Bobtail straight - Also called four straight, four cards in consecutive order
  • Flash - One card of each suit plus a joker
  • Wrap-around straight - Also called round-the-corner straight. Consecutive cards including an ace which counts as both the high and low card. (Example Q-K-A-2-3)
  • Five of a kind - Five cards of the same rank, only possible using variant rules such as wild cards.