Texas Hold’em Poker Hands

Texas Hold'em Poker HandsTexas hold’em is the most popular of all poker variations.

When playing the game for the first time, you will be confronted with some of the basic rules:

  • Each player is dealt two hole cards in Texas hold’em with the overall goal of making the best five-card hand.
  • Play moves clockwise around the table, starting with action to the left of the dealer button.
  • Generally, the first two players to the immediate left of the button are required to post a small blind and a large blind to initiate the betting.
  • From there, action occurs on multiple streets: preflop, the flop, the turn and the river.

The following list is from best to worst poker hands, so any hand on the list beats any hand below it and loses to any hand above it.

Poker Hands-royal-flush Royal Flush – An Ace-High straight of one suit.
Poker-Hands-straight-flush Straight Flush – A straight of entirely one suit.
Poker-Hands-Four-of-a-kind Four-of-a-Kind (Quads) – Four cards of the same rank.
Poker-Hands-Full-House Full House (Full Boat, Boat) – Three-of-a-kind and a pair. The example below would be called “Queens over Aces” or “Queens full of Aces”.
Poker-Hands-Flush Flush – Five cards of the same suit.
Poker-Hands-Straight Straight (Run) – Five cards of sequential rank. Note that in holdem, Aces can be high or low.
Poker-Hands-three-of-a-kind Three-of-a-Kind (Trips, Set, Triplets) – Three cards of the same rank.
Poker-Hands-three-of-a-kind Three-of-a-Kind (Trips, Set, Triplets) – Three cards of the same rank.
Poker-Hands-three-of-a-kind Three-of-a-Kind (Trips, Set, Triplets) – Three cards of the same rank.
Poker-Hands-three-of-a-kind Three-of-a-Kind (Trips, Set, Triplets) – Three cards of the same rank.
 Poker-Hands-two-pair  Two Pair – Two cards of the same rank and another two cards of the same rank. The example below would be called “Jacks and Twos”.
Poker-Hands-three-of-a-kind Three-of-a-Kind (Trips, Set, Triplets) – Three cards of the same rank.
Poker-Hands-one-pair One Pair – Two cards of the same rank.
Poker-Hands-high-card High Card – When you don’t have any of the above, your highest card determines your hand. The example below would be “King High” or “High card King”.

 

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