A Poker hand must use a total of five cards. In Texas Hold’em you will be dealt two cards face down called “Hole Cards” that only you can use. There will also be five community cards on the board that all players in the hand may use.
By the end of the hand you will have access to your two Hole Cards plus another five Community Cards making a total of seven cards to choose from. You will pick five cards out of the seven you have access to, and create the best possible five card poker hand.
Below is a list of the different possible poker hand rankings from strongest to weakest. The hand ranking at the top of this list beats the ranking below it and so on.
Flush: Five cards of any rank with the same suit. If multiple players have a flush the player with the highest card in their flush wins the pot
Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank. If multiple players have three of a kind the player with the highest rank three of a kind wins
One Pair: Two cards of the same rank. If multiple players have the same pair your other card plays as your kicker. The player with the highest rank kicker wins the pot (Unless three of the cards on the board are higher than the kicker in your hand. In that case those three cards will be used to make up your five card hand)
High Card: Any hand that does not have any of the above hands. If multiple players have high card the player with the highest card wins the hand. If both players have the same high card the second highest card (and so on) is used to decide the winner
- In Texas Hold’em no suits are all ranked equally vs each other
- You cannot make a straight with 4-3-2-A-K
- A Full House vs Full House the hand with the higher ranking three of a kind wins the hand. If both players have the same three of a kind then the player with the highest ranking pair completing the full house would win the hand.