In Texas Hold’em poker, one has to make the winning hand of 5 cards from the combination of the 3 out of the 5 community cards laid out on the table and 2 hole cards with you. The ranking of cards has been defined below in sequence of high to low.
Ranking of hands
When no combination is made, then a player's hand is valued at the highest single card. If two of the players have the same high card, then the second highest card would break the tie.
- Example: 5♠ 6♦ J♣ Q♦ A♠
When you have two of any of the same cards, a pair is formed.
- Example: 4♥ 5♥ 8♣ A♦ A♠
The player with the highest pair wins when more than one player has two pairs
- Example: 9♦ A♥ A♣ K♥ K♠
Three of a Kind
Three cards of any rank, matched with two cards that are not a pair.
- Example: 5♦ Q♣ 2♥ 2♠ 2♦
Five-card hand with a running sequence of cards regardless of the suit is called straight. The straight of the higher card wins when two players have straights.
- Example: 9♣ 8♦ 7♠ 6♦ 5♠
When all five cards in a hand are of the same suit, it is a flush. If two players have a flush then the person with the highest card in that suit wins.
- Example: A♥ J♥ 9♥ 6♥ 3♥
Full House is called when a player has three-of-a-kind and a pair in the same hand.
- Example: Q♥ Q♠ Q♦ J♣ J♦
Four of a Kind
When a player has all four of a given number, then it is called Four of a kind. It’s a very powerful hand.
- Example: 9♠ A♣ A♥ A♠ A♦
Straight flush is made up of five consecutive cards, although it’s rare that four of a kind, all are from the same suit.
- Example: 9♦ 8♦ 7♦ 6♦ 5♦
The best hand of them is this famous combination, formed by a Straight Flush that runs to the Ace, making it unbeatable and the rarest.
- Example: A♠ K♠ Q ♠ J♠ 10♠