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What are the winning hands in poker?

That’s a difficult question! There are over 30,000 different combinations of cards that you can end up with in Texas Holdem. But that doesn’t mean that there are 30,000 different hands all of which beat one another! Yes, sometimes it is hard for a beginner, or someone trying their hand in poker, to remember the different winning poker hand rankings in Texas Holdem. But the good news is that there are essentially ten types of hands of different values, and they come in ranking order. So the best (Royal Flush) always beats the second best (Straight Flush), which always beats the third best (Four of a Kind), and so on. The order (or the ranking) of poker hands is something you have to know before you sit down to play at the poker table. Does Two Pair beat Three of a Kind? Does Four of a Kind beat a Full House? Does a Straight beat a Flush? This video answers all of those questions and explains all you need to know about poker hand rankings. Watch it a few times over, and you won’t have to have a list printed out with you at the poker table in a casino!

In case you don’t always have time to watch the video, here is the list of hands in Texas Holdem poker in ranking order, starting from the lowest value to the highest value:

  • Ace high (a single Ace beats a King etc)
  • Pair (two cards of the same number e.g. two fives)
  • Two Pair (two sets of the above e.g. two fours and two eights)
  • Three of a Kind (three cards of the same number e.g. three Queens)
  • Straight (five cards in numeric sequence of any suit five of spades, six of hearts, seven of clubs, eight of diamonds and nine of spades)
  • Flush (any five cards of the same suit e.g. two, six, seven, nine and Ace of clubs)
  • Full House (a pair plus a three of a kind in the same hand e.g. two fives and three tens)
  • Four of a Kind (four cards of the same number e.g. four Kings)
  • Straight Flush (five cards of the same suit which are also sequential e.g. three, four, five, six and seven of clubs)
  • Royal Flush (ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace in the same suit)

By the way, if you are a beginner to Texas Holdem, you might be wondering why in this video you can see the dealer separating some cards away from the community cards on the table. This is because the cards that decide which hand you have are the best five out of the seven cards available to you (the two in your hand and the five on the table). So that can mean two in your hand and three on the table for example. So that is why the dealer is separating out the three cards on the table from the other two. She is indicating which are the cards being used used to make up the winner’s hand.

Video Tutorials

Also watch these videos on the basics of Texas Holdem Poker, betting rules in Texas Holdem poker, and Paul Phua’s series of tutorials on poker strategy.

Do some of the terms you come across in poker games like “the flop”, “the river” and “the button” leave you scratching your head when they are said around the table on poker night? Find out what they mean in our poker terms glossary.

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