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 Poker. You must know which hand wins over another to decide when to get involved in the pot and when to fold your cards and wait for the next hand to begin.
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.
Below is the list of Poker Hands from best to worst:
A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.
Five cards of the same suit in numerical order.
Four of a Kind (Quads)
Quads are four cards of equal rank/any suit.
Full House or Full Boat
Three of a kind and a Pair.
Five cards of the same suit.
Five cards in numerical order.
Three of a Kind / Set
Three cards of the same rank.
Two different pairs.
Two cards of the same rank.
The hand with the highest card(s) wins.
- 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
Five cards of the same suit. If all five cards of two players are of same rank, the pot is divided equally between them.
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).