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Poker Hand Rankings : Poker Sequence of Texas Holdem Cards

Before joining a 

Texas Holdem Poker game table, it is essential to learn the fundamentals of how to play the game and most importantly - the sequence of Poker hands.


Basic Rules of Poker Hand Ranking

  • There are 52 cards in a standard deck of cards.
  • The ranking of the cards (high to low) is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6,5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
  • There are four suits of cards in a deck – Heart, Spade, Club, and Diamond. All suits in Poker are equal in value.
  • In a game of Poker, the player needs to have the best five-card combination (hand) to win.

You must know Poker sequence game rules to determine your hand strength at the table and quickly decide when to get involved in the pot and when to fold your cards.

Poker Hands Terminology

  • Hole Cards - Cards every participant receives face-down at the beginning of the hand.
  • Community Cards - Cards that are unveiled on the board face-up during the betting rounds.
  • Pocket Pair - When a player receives two hole cards of the same value.
  • Suited - Two hole cards of the same suit. For example – if you have Q and 10 of hearts, it will be called Queen-10 suited.
  • Off Suit - Two hole cards of different suits. For example - If you have K of Hearts and J of Diamonds, then you have King-Jack off-suit.


Royal Flush

A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.

10 heartjack heartqueen heartking heartace heart

Straight Flush

Five cards of the same suit in numerical order.

5 diamond 6 diamond 7 diamond 8 diamond 9 diamond

Four of a Kind (Quads)

Quads are four cards of equal rank/any suit.

ace club ace diamond ace heart ace spade 8 diamond

Full House or Full Boat

Three of a kind and a Pair.

king club king diamond king heart 7 spade 7 heart


Five cards of the same suit.

queen diamond 2 diamond 3 diamond 4 diamond 5 diamond


Five cards in numerical order.

7 diamond 8 heart 9 diamond 10 spade jack club

Three of a Kind / Set

Three cards of the same rank.

8 heart 8 diamond 8 club 3 diamond jack club

Two Pair

Two different pairs.

3 heart 3 diamond 5 spade 5 heart jack club

One Pair

Two cards of the same rank.

9 club 9 diamond 8 diamond 3 heart 5 spade

High Card

The hand with the highest card(s) wins.

5 diamond king club 7 heart ace club queen diamond

  • Royal Flush - The unbeatable hand. A royal flush is an ace-high straight flush.
  • Straight Flush - Five cards of the same suit in numerical order. If two players have a straight flush, the player with the stronger cards in value wins.
  • Four of a Kind (Quads) - Quads are four cards of equal rank/any suit. .
  • Full House (Full Boat) - Three of a kind and a Pair. If two players have a full house, the player with the higher three cards of same rank wins
  • Flush - Five cards of the same suit. If all five cards of two players are of same rank, the pot is divided equally between them.
  • Straight - Five cards in numerical order. The player with the strongest hand wins the pot.
  • Three of a Kind / Set - Three cards of the same rank.  If two players are holding three of a kind, the player with the stronger cards wins.
  • Two Pair - Two different pairs. If one pair of cards of two players is similar, the second pair determines the winner. If both pairs are identical, the player with the highest kicker card wins.
  • One Pair - Two cards of the same rank. If two players are having the same pair of cards, the player with the stronger kicker card wins.
  • High Card - The hand with the highest card(s) wins.


Top 5 Best Texas Hold’em Starting Hands

  • Pocket Aces - The strongest pre-flop hand that is playable from every position on the table. It is also known as Bullets, American Airlines, Pocket Rockets, Batteries, and Snake Eyes.

  • Pocket Kings - After Aces, it is considered the second-best pre-flop hand. Pocket Kings are also called Cowboys, Ace Magnets, Elvis Presley, and King Kong.
  • Pocket Queens - The third best starting hand that can help you win big but if overcards hit post-flop, it becomes tough to play. It is also known as ladies.
  • Ace-King Suited - Although this non-pair is a strong pre-flop hand, you need to play with caution if you miss the flop. It is also known as Big Slick, Anna Kournikova, King Arthur, and Korean Airlines.
  • Pocket Jacks - Pocket Jacks is a powerful hand to play from the late position. If your opponent raises your bet, you can assume that he is holding a better hand (AA, KK, or QQ). It is also known as fishhooks.  

Winning in the game completely depends on how well the player can utilize his skills to develop strategies and make quick decisions based on his understanding of sequence of Poker hands. The more you practice, the sooner you start getting desired results and make big profits.

What is a Kicker Card?

Kickers or side cards are the leftover cards after a Poker hand is declared. Although Kickers do not take part in determining the rank of a hand, they are essential to declare the winner if players have the same hand. Thus, a Kicker card can also be called a Tie Breaker Card in the game of Poker.

For example :

The Poker hand J-J-10-5-2 is ranked as a pair of jacks. The 10, 5, and 2 are kickers. This hand would defeat any Poker hand with no pair, or with a lower-ranking pair, and lose to any higher-ranking Poker hand. The kickers can be used to break ties between other Poker hands that also have a pair of jacks. For example, J-J-K-3-2 would win (because its K kicker outranks the 10), but J-J-10-4-3 would lose (because its 4 is outranked by the 5).


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