Online Poker Explained: Hand Rankings In Texas Holdem Poker

August 14, 2013 :: Posted by - scott :: Category - Poker

In Texas Holdem Poker, players are dealt two cards with five community cards in the middle of the table. Each player must make use their best five cards to try and make the best hand possible. There are ten hand rankings in order from highest to lowest as follows:

Hand#1 – A Royal Flush. This is the best possible hand. The nuts. Beautiful and rare. This hand involves having all the royal cards of a single suit e.g. the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of spades. The odds of getting this poker hand is 0.0002%.

Hand#2 – The Straight Flush. The second best possible hand. Beautiful and deceptive. A straight flush involves having five cards running together in a straight e.g. 5,6,7,8 and 9 however they must all be the same suit e.g. hearts. The chances of hitting this hand is about 0.0012%

Hand #3 – Four of a kind. The 3rd best possible hand. Powerful and delicious, if you get this hand, you’re seldom beat. Four of a kind involves having all four of the same denomination e.g. All Four Aces. The odds of someone having 4 of a kind is 0.0240%

Hand #4 – Full House also known as a Boat. This hand is very strong. It consists of three of a kind and a pair. e.g. Three Nines and Two Queens. You have a 0.1441% chance of catching this hand.

Hand $5 – The Flush. A medium strength hand but still vulnerable to people catching up to it. A Flush is any 5 cards of the same suit. It is not uncommon to have two flushes competing so they are differentiated by the highest card in your hand equals the better flush. e.g. if you have the Ace you have the nut flush. Flushes are one of those hands that rarely split the only way a Flush will split if it is on the board and no one has a card of that suit to break the tie or everyone in the hand has a lower card of that suit then what the board reads. You have about a 0.1967% of catching this poker hand.

Hand #6 – A Straight. A straight consists of any consecutive cards. e.g. 9,10, Jack, Queen, and King. The odds of hitting a straight is 0.3532%. Aces can be involved at either end of the spectrum e.g. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, or Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5. Straights are medium strength hands that can easy be dominated by flushes, full houses or even higher straights.

Hand #7 – Trips, Set or Three of a Kind. This poker hand consist of any 3 of the same cards e.g. Three Kings. It is a relatively strong hand with the possibility to improve to a full house or four of a kind. Trips can exist as a pair in your hand and another of the same denomination on the board, or two on the board of the same denomination and another one in your hand. You have 2.1128% of hitting this hand.

Hand #8 – Two Pair. Two pair is pretty self explanatory it is any two pair including what is in your hands and on the board. e.g. Two Kings and Two Queens. You have to be careful of kickers as two people can have the same two pair and it is the fifth card that splits the two hands. This is a relatively weak holding but can improve to a full house. The chances of getting this poker hand is 4.7539%.

Hand #9 – A Pair. This is the one of the worst hands possible and probably the most common hand in poker. It is any cards in your hand plus one on the board, or a pocket pair. Pairs are very common and the probability of this hand happening is 42.2569%.

Hand #10 – High Card. Not a good hand by any means but sometimes the nuts. The only thing a high card can beat is a fold and a bluff. The best high card hand is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Nine. This occurs when noone has a a pair then whoever has the highest card wins or sometimes the board is the best hand and it plays. The odds of this happening 50.1570 percent