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Texas Poker - Texas Hold Em: Ranking of Hands

It is very important to know which is the best hand and indeed which hand beats which when you're playing Texas Poker. It is worth mentioning that no one suit is worth more than another in poker - that is to say that for example, the Royal Flush in spades below would be ranked the same if it were a Royal Flush in hearts.

Below you can see the universally accepted values of poker hands in order of importance -- the most valuable being at the top of the least important at the bottom. The ranking of these poker hands is based on the likelihood of the hand showing up in a game (Please click on the thumbnails in the two thumbnail panels):

  • 1 -  Royal Flush - 5 cards of the same suit in sequence. Ace counts high
  • 2 -  Straight Flush - 5 cards of same suit in sequence. Ranking depends on highest card
  • 3 -  Four of a kind - If there were two hands like this in the same game then higher ranked four of a kind would count higher
  • 4  - Full House - Three of a kind and a pair. This hand ranks according to the value of the three of a kind
  • 5 - Flush - Any 5 cards all of the same suit ranked according to the value of the highest card
  • 6 - Straight - 5 cards of sequential rank, no matter what suit ranked according to the highest card
  • 7 - Three of a Kind or 'Trips' - 3 equally ranked cards with 2 other cards ranked according to the value of the set
  • 8 - Two Pairs - 2 cards of one rank and another 2 cards of another rank with one other card. If two hands have two pairs then the higher top pair wins
  • 9 - A Pair - Two cards of the same rank with 3 other cards
  • 10 - High Card - A hand with none of the above ranked according to the highest card
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If there is a tie with either 4 of a kind, 3 of a kind, 2 pairs or even 1 pair, then the highest other card or 'kicker' in a player's hand wins the pot. If for example, one player has Kh, Ks, 5c, 6h, Jc and a second player has Kd, Kc, 4c, 7h, 8d then the first of these two players will win the hand with a Jack of Clubs kicker.

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What are the Odds?

The odds of being dealt these hands of cards with five cards:

Royal Flush: 649,739 to 1
Straight Flush: 72,192 to 1
4 of a Kind: 4,164 to 1
Full House: 693 to 1
Flush: 508 to 1
Straight: 254 to 1
3 of a Kind: 46 to 1
Two Pairs: 20 to 1
Pair: 1.4 to 1
High Card: Evens