Poker is a popular card game at any casino and Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game available.
Texas Hold’em games are available at any online casino and it is worth knowing the rules to this variation of the game and the best hold’em poker hands as it is a good place to start if you are new to poker.
Hold’em Poker Hands
In the game of Texas Hold’em each player is dealt two original cards (hole cards), plus there are five community cards. The aim of the game is to make the best hold’em poker hands using five of the cards (hole cards plus community cards).
The best hold’em poker hands are ranked and the winner is determined by the player remaining in the game with the best hold’em poker hands ranking.
Here we will look at the top ten best hold’em poker hands ranked from best hand to lowest hand.
Royal Flush – 10, J, Q, K, A all in one suit e.g. Diamonds. These are the best hold’em poker hands.
Straight Flush – five consecutive cards all in one suit e.g. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of Diamonds. These are the second best hold’em poker hands.
Four of a Kind – Also known as Quads – four cards of identical numerical value e.g. 7, 7, 7, 7, X
Full House – Also known as Full Boat or Boat – Three cards of one numerical value and two cards of another numerical value e.g. 3, 3, 3, 9, 9
Flush – Five cards of any numerical value, all in the same suit e.g. 3, 6, 9, J, K of Diamonds.
Straight – Also known as a Run – five consecutive cards of any suit e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of different suits. Note that in Texas Hold’em an Ace can play high or low.
Three or a Kind – Also known as Trips or Set or Triplets – three cards of the same numerical value with any two other cards e.g. 7, 7, 7, X, Y
Two Pair – two pairs of cards, that is two cards with one numerical value and two cards with an other numerical value e.g. K, K, 6, 6, X. This example would be known as Kings and Sixes.
Pair – Also known as One Pair – two cards of the same numerical value with any other three cards e.g. 4, 4, X, Y, Z.
High Card – When none of the player’s remaining in the game holds a ranked card, the highest cards in each hand are ranked.
If a winner cannot be determined by the highest ranking card, the second highest ranked cards are compared and so on until a winner is found. The hand 5, 8, 10, Q, K would be known as King High or High Card King.
In order to be able to play the game of Texas Hold’em you must understand the best hold’em poker hands. It is important to memorize the best hold’em poker hands according to rank as the rank of the best hold’em poker hands will determine how you play the game.