The Hand Rankings in Poker

Regardless of what player category you fit into, let’s face it; you need to know the basics of poker in order to really dig your heels into the sport of Texas Hold’em, or any other style of poker game for that matter.

Thus, whether this is your first time learning about the possible winning poker hands, or you are simply in need of a little refresher course, here is what you need to know. The object is to achieve the highest hand by obtaining one of the winning card combinations. If a Hold’em game consists only of two players it is referred to as a “heads up” match.

Royal Flush: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit

Straight Flush: 5 consecutive cards of the same suit

Four of a Kind: 4 cards with the same value

Full House: 3 of a kind and a pair, with the 3 of a kind valued first

Flush: Any 5 different cards of the same suit

Straight: 5 cards of any suit in consecutive order

Three of a Kind: 3 cards with the same face value

Two Pair: 2 sets of pairs

One Pair: 2 cards with the same face value

If none of the above hands are achieved within a game, the player with the highest card wins. Additionally, In the event that two players have the same hand, the player with the highest card wins.

Now that you have familiarized yourself with the types of hands you are trying to obtain to win the pot, it’s time to learn or “refresh” your memory on how to play Texas Hold’em. Of all the games played in card rooms today, Texas Hold’em is by far the most popular game, and one of the easiest to learn, making it both fun and rewarding to play.

The object of the game is to make the strongest 5 card hand by using a combination of your 2 hole cards and the 5 community cards on the table. When playing Texas Hold’em online, every player will have a turn at using the dealer button, which enables them to act as the virtual dealer. In addition each player will be required to post blinds at one time or another.