Texas Holdem Poker Hand Rankings In Order
The first things that you need to learn when playing Texas Holdem are rules and poker hand rankings. Without knowing what beats what you will be struggling to move forward. Thus, spending a few minutes going over the list of poker hands in order will pay for itself in no time.
#1. Royal Flush: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and a Ten of the same suit – A♣ K♣ Q♣ J♣ T♣
#2. Straight Flush: five cards in a row with the same suit that is not A-high, such as – T♠ 9♠ 8♠ 7♠ 6♠
#3. Four of a Kind: combination with 4 cards of the same rank, like 8♠ 8♥ 8♦ 8♣ 4♣
#4. Full House: three cards of the same rank and a pair, like J♥ J♦ J♣ 5♥ 5♣
#5. Flush: five cards of the same suit that are not in a row, like K♥ Q♥ 8♥ 5♥ 3♥
#6. Straight: five cards in a row, like 5♥ 6♦ 7♣ 8♣ 9♦
#7. Three of a Kind: three cards of the same rank and two cards that do not match, like 9♥ 9♠ 9♣ 6♦ 3♠
#8. Two Pair: combination with two different pairs, like 4♣ 4♠ 7♣ 7♠ K♣
#9. One Pair: two cards with the same rank and three random cards, like A♦ A♥ J♣ 7♦ 3♥
#10. High Card: when all your cars are with different ranks and with no combination, like K♥ Q♠ 8♣ 3♠ 2♦
Poker Hands Ranking Rules and The Kicker
There are few situations where players can have a similar holding, but you still need to decide the winner of a particular poker hand. If two players have one pair hand, the one holding a higher pair will win.
KKxxx will always win against JJxxx and so on.
However, sometimes players end up having the same pair, such as KKQT3 and KKJ72. In this case “the kicker” comes into play and the player holding the highest non-pair hand will win.
Therefore, poker hand with K♥ K♠ Q♣ T♦ 3♠ will take down the pot because it has a higher kicker (Q>J).
If the top non-pair card is the same (like K♥ K♠ Q♣ T♦ 3♠ vs. K♥ K♠ Q♣ 9♥ 4♥) then you have to compare the second high card and if that is the same then the third one. The pot will be split if all five cards are the same and both players end up having the identical combination.
It could happen with two pair hands as well. If players have JJ55K and JJ55Q, the one holding a king as a kicker will take down this pot.
Few other poker hand rankings rules:
- When both players have two pairs, the winners is one holding the highest pair. If the highest pair is the same then you have to compare the lower pair, and if that is the same as well, then the kicker decides (JJ227 wins against TT998)
- When both players have a flush, the winner is one who holds a higher one (KhQh8h6h3h wins against KsQs7s4s3s)
- When both players have a straight, the winner is one who holds the higher card combination (QJT98 wins against T9876)
- When both players have full houses, the winner is one who holds higher 3-cards of the same rank (77722 wins against 666AA)
- When both players have nothing, the winner is one holding the highest card. If the highest card is the same, then you have to compare the second one and so on until you find the difference (AQJ85 wins against AQJ83)