The rules of poker to adhere to are quite straightforward while the Texas poker hands rankings are only ten ranked from the Royal Flush as the top winning hand to the single high card which is the lowest poker hand one can ever have.
In Texas Hold’em poker every player aims at getting the strongest hand among all the players at the table and win the pot. In this type of poker game, it actually doesn’t matter how you form the hand. You are dealt with two hole cards while five cards are turned on the table with the first three simultaneously and the next two cards one at a time. How you use hole cards and board cards to form the best possible five-card hand is up to you.
Chart of Poker Hands
Before passing to the poker hands chart, it will be expedient to learn the basic order of Hold’em poker hands. In this game, the order of cards is the same as in most card games. Ace is the highest card. It is followed by King, Queen, Jack, Ten, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 in this exact order. Since Ace is the highest card, a pair of Aces will definitely form a stronger hand than a pair of Queens or even Kings. And three of a kind of nines forms a weaker hand than three of a kind of Jacks. Here is a precise chart with the highest to lowest Texas poker hands introduced.
|Royal Flush||10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit||10 (ex. Hearts)||J (ex. Hearts)||Q (ex. Hearts)||K (ex. Hearts)||A (ex. Hearts)|
|Straight Flush||Five cards in sequence of the same suit||5 (ex. Hearts)||6 (ex. Hearts)||7 (ex. Hearts)||8 (ex. Hearts)||9 (ex. Hearts)|
|Four of a Kind||Four cards of the same value||10H||10C||10S||10D||6|
|Full House||Three cards of the same value and a weaker pair||10S||10C||10D||5H||5D|
|Flush||Five cards of the same suit||7 (ex. Hearts)||9 (ex. Hearts)||2 (ex. Hearts)||A (ex. Hearts)||4 (ex. Hearts)|
|Straight||Five succeeding cards||6||7||8||9||10|
|Three of a Kind||Three cards of the same value||8S||8D||8H||10||2|
|Two Pairs||Two pairs of same-value cards||10D||10H||JD||JH||8|
|One Pair||A pair of the same cards||7H||7D||9||J||3|
|No Pair||All the cards have different values and suits||A||10||2||J||6|
If you are a new player, you can make use of a cheat sheet of Texas poker hands to glance while playing. This is legal. Even more, quite many poker rooms themselves provide a visual aid for their new players via strategy articles, video tutorials, or even poker schools. Take the above-introduced chart as your personal cheat sheet and step into the world of Texas Hold’em with confidence.
Best Texas Hold’em Hands
The best starting hand in poker, if you are a pre-flop, is Pocket Aces. Here are the best hands in Texas Holdem in complete forms:
- Royal Flush: formed with A, K, Q, J, and Ten from the same suit;
- Straight Flush: formed with five cards in a row from the same suit;
- Four of a Kind: formed with four cards of the same value (four Kings, for instance);
- Full House: formed with three of the same card and a pair of two weaker cards (ex. Q, Q, Q, 9, 9);
- Flush: formed with five cards of the same suit.
The weaker cards include the Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, Pair, and the High Card.
Calculating Poker Odds Manually
Learning the odds of poker hands, you can play your Texas Poker hands better. The term shows how possible a certain poker hand is to win at the current round or game. So that to calculate the poker odds manually, you need to know the number of winning cards or outs. All the calculations are made based on the cards you can see and what could be left in the deck including the cards of your opponents. For instance, you might have two Hearts and need another to form a hand, while there are also two Hearts on the table. Since there are 13 cards in every suit, there will still be nine Hearts remaining in the deck (including the possibility of your opponents to hold any). Those nine cards are called “outs”. Every deck has 52 cards, two of which are in your hand, and four of which are on the deck. Subtracting those cards, you get 46 cards in the deck. Nine cards out of them can help you win while all the other 37 (46-9) cards will cause you to lose the game. This way your odds are 37 to 9 which is equal to 4:1. In this scenario, your chances of losing the game are four times higher than those of winning it.