Hands of Poker


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

High card

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♠
High Card | 9stacks

One Pair

When you have two of any of the same cards, a pair is formed.

  • Example: 4♥ 5♥ 8♣ A♦ A♠
One Pair | 9stacks

Two Pairs

The player with the highest pair wins when more than one player has two pairs

  • Example: 9♦ A♥ A♣ K♥ K♠
Two Pairs | 9stacks

Three of a Kind

Three cards of any rank, matched with two cards that are not a pair.

  • Example: 5♦ Q♣ 2♥ 2♠ 2♦
Three of Kind | 9stacks


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♠
Straight | 9stacks


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♥
Flush in Poker Cards | 9stacks

Full House

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♦
Full House in Poker | 9stacks

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♦
Four of Kind | 9stacks

Straight Flush

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♦
Straight Flush | 9stacks

Royal Flush

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♠
Royal Flush | 9stacks
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