To help you learn in poker what beats what here is the full list of hand rankings
for Texas Hold’em poker.You can either choose to memorise the rankings list below
or add this page to your favourites. That way you can use it as a reference guide
while you play online until you know it off by heart.
A = Ace K = King Q = Queen J = Jack 10 or T = Ten
Royal Flush: Ace to Ten all of the same suit eg A K Q J 10
Straight Flush: 5 cards in a row suited eg 7 89 10 J
4 of a Kind: 4 cards of one ranking eg8 888A
Full House: Three of a kind plus one paireg4 44JJ
Flush: Five cards suited egQ 10 8 4 2
Straight: Five cards in order eg A 2 345
3 of a Kind: Three cards of one ranking eg 2 2 2A Q
2 Pair: 2 cards of one ranking and 2 cards of another ranking eg 1010 K K Q
1 Pair: 2 cards of one ranking eg224 K Q
High Card: Failed to make 1 pair or better egK 10 8 5 4 This example makes King
high as the highest ranking card of the five is a King.
Suits: Clubs,Spades, Diamonds, or Hearts Suited means multiple cards of the same
Card ranking high to low: A K Q J T 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Pairs best to worst: Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks, Tens, Nines, Eights, Sevens, Sixes,
Fives, Fours, Threes, twos.
For example a pair of aces beat kings and all other pairs, and jacks beat eights
Straights and flushes high to low: Ace high, King high, Queen high, Jack high, Ten
high, Nine high, Eight high, Seven high, Six high, Five high.
For example a Queen high straight beats a Ten high straight etc. The lowest possible
flush is a Six high flush and the lowest straight is Five high, a five high straight
is called the wheel and is possible as an Ace can also act like a one in poker when
it comes to straights.
A key skill in poker is being able to read the board in combination with the poker
hands order described here and the other players actions to work out what your opponent
is likely holding. By putting your opponent on a hand or range of hands you can then
firstly work out if you have the best hand or not and secondly decide the best play
to make against them. Many players in poker make bets without first considering what
they actually want to achieve with it. Do you think you have the best hand and you
want your opponent to call? If so how strong do you think their hand is, quite strong
and they will call a lot or weak so they will only call a small amount. These are
the kinds of things the best poker players are thinking about during a hand and the
better the players, the deeper it gets.