S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:16:03 - Ranking of cards in hands

The cards are ranked ace, king, queen, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, and deuce. The ace is the highest ranked card in high poker and is ranked lower than a deuce in low poker. A poker hand in a showdown consists of five cards, usually the best five selected from a greater number, ranked according to the following from highest to lowest:

(1) Five aces--four aces of different suits and the joker;
(2) Straight flush--five cards of the same suit in sequence; an ace-high straight flush is a "royal flush";
(3) Four of a kind--four cards of the same rank;
(4) Full house--three cards of the same rank and two cards of the same rank;
(5) Flush--five cards of the same suit;
(6) Straight--five cards in sequence; an ace may be low in a five-high-card straight;
(7) Three of a kind--three cards of the same rank;
(8) Two pair--two cards of the same rank and two cards of one other rank;
(9) One pair--two cards of the same rank; and
(10) High card--the highest ranking card in the hand.


S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:16:03
16 SDR 57, effective October 1, 1989.

General Authority: SDCL 42-7B-7.

Law Implemented: SDCL 42-7B-1, 42-7B-2, 42-7B-3, 42-7B-4, 42-7B-7, 42-7B-14, 42-7B-15.

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