Winning Hands in Texas Hold'em

The winning hands in Texas Hold'em are listed in ascending order of importance below - ie best first and worst last:

Royal Flush >> Straight Flush >> 4 of a Kind >> Full House >> Flush >> Straight >> 3 of a Kind >> 2 Pairs >> 1 Pair >> High Card

Texas Holde'm Poker Hands Explained:

a. Royal Flush: 10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit

b. Straight Flush: A series of 5 consecutive hands of the same suit

c. 4 of a Kind: 4 cards of the same kind i.e 4 Kings or 4 Jacks

d. Full House: 3 cards of the same rank and 2 of another rank ie. 3 Jacks and 2 Kings

e. Flush: 5 cards of the same suit ie 3, 5 ,7, Jack, King (all of one suit ie Diamonds)

f. Straight: 5 sequential cards of any suit

g. 3 of a Kind: 3 cards of equal rank: ie 3 of diamonds, 3 of clubs, 3 of hearts

h. 2 Pairs: 2 pairs of cards of equal rank ie 2 of diamonds, 2 of hearts plus 3 of spades and 3 of diamonds

i. 1 Pair: 1 pair of cards, ie Jack of Hearts and Jack of Diamonds

j. High Card: If none of the hands form any of the combinations above, compare the hands and the hand with the highest card wins.

Need a visual guide to the best hands in Texas Hold'em Poker?

If you would like to see a visual guide to the best hands in Texas Hold'em in ascending order then check out this guide from UK Poker Buddies:

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