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Texas Hold'em Hands: Poker Hands Rankings

Looking for an easy-to-understand and printable list of poker hands to know what-beats-what in Texas hold'em? You've come to the right place.

Learning the poker hand rankings and what are the best hands in poker is the number one thing you need to do before you sit down and play cards at the best UK online poker sites.

You want to know the strength of all poker hands and find out what is the best hand in poker before you begin to play with other players.

To help you learn everything about all the Texas hold'em hands and know what beats what in poker, we prepared a key page for all beginners: the official poker hands rankings.

In this page, you'll find:

In other words, if you are looking for a list of all poker hands ranked in order of strength and importance - you'll love this page.

Poker Hands Rankings: List of All Poker Hands

About to play your first poker hands? Let's see what beats what in Texas hold'em poker. This list of poker hands is essential to become a successful player and to know how to read the board in poker.

Royal Flush

This is the best hand in poker. The Royal Flush is a very difficult poker hand to get - but when you do, you have the hame in your hands.

A Royal Flush consists of five consecutive cards (10 through ace) of the same suit.

Example of a Royal Flush: {10-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{a-Clubs}


Straight Flush

The second-best hand in the list of all poker hands. Holding a straight flush is almost always sign that you will win the hand.

You don't have mathematical certitude, but it's really hard to be beaten when you have Straight Flush to support you. Why?

Because it beats all other poker hands except for the Royal Flush and a Straight Flush higher in value.

A Straight Flush consists of five consecutive cards of the same suit that are not 10 through ace.

Example of a Straight Flush: {4-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}


Four-of-a-Kind

Another premium poker hand that will help you win a lot of pots.

A four-of-a-kind is a four-card poker hand consisting of the same card in all the four suits in the game.

Example of a four-of-a-kind: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}{j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}


Full House

This strong poker hand is the combination of two different hands: the three-of-a-kind and the pair.

A full-house poker hand is composed of three same cards in different suits and a pair of cards of the same ranks but (again) of different suits.

Example of a full house: {4-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{a-Spades}


Flush

This is also a strong poker hand - even if it's not the best hand in poker and a large number of players tend to overestimate its strength.

The flush is a five-card poker hand composed by cards of the same suit. The cards' ranks are irrelevant.

Example of a flush: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{q-Hearts}


Straight

A straight is a five-card poker hand composed by consecutive cards in different suits.

Remember: the flush beat the straight in poker. And the straight beat the three-of-a-kind.

While the Ace can be counted both as 1 or a K, you can't have a straight with two Aces.

Example of a straight: {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{4-Spades}{5-Diamonds}


Three-of-a-Kind

The three-of-a-kind is a poker hand composed of three cards of the same rank but different suits.

Example of a three-of-a-kind: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}{a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}


Two Pairs

A four-card poker hand made by two separate pairs, cards of the same rank but different suits.

Example of a two pair: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}


Pair

One of the most basic and weakest poker hands.

The pair is a two-card poker hand composed by two cards of the same rank but different suits.

Example of a pair: {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{a-Spades}{q-Spades}{j-Clubs}


Hight Card

The weakest hand in poker and the last one in our list of poker hands. In this case, your 'poker hand' is nothing but the highest-denomination card in your hand.

Example of a high card: {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

In the example above, the 'high card' is the King of hearts.

Poker Hands Cheat Sheet

Getting ready for a game? Print the free poker hands cheat sheet and bring it with you the next time you play poker!

Click on the image below to download the poker hands ranking in PDF and use it when you play poker. To help you hide your doubts about poker hands from your opponents, we grouped all poker hands in one cheat-sheet…they will never know what you are looking at!

Poker Hands

What Beats What in Poker?

Did you go through the poker hands rankings but you are still not sure about what beats what in poker?

The table below is the answer to all your questions.

Poker HandBeatsDoesn't beat
Royal FlushAll poker handsN/A
Straight FlushHigh Card, Pair, Two Pairs, Three-of-a-Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, Four-of-a-KindRoyal Flush
Four-of-a-KindHigh Card, Pair, Two Pairs, Three-of-a-Kind, Straight, Flush, Full HouseRoyal Flush, Straight Flush
Full HouseHigh Card, Pair, Two Pairs, Three-of-a-Kind, Straight, FlushRoyal Flush, Straight Flush, Four-of-a-Kind
FlushHigh Card, Pair, Two Pairs, Three-of-a-Kind, StraightRoyal Flush, Straight Flush, Four-of-a-Kind, Full House
StraightHigh Card, Pair, Two Pairs, Three-of-a-KindRoyal Flush, Straight Flush, Four-of-a-Kind, Full House, Flush
Three-of-a-KindHigh Card, Pair, Two PairsRoyal Flush, Straight Flush, Four-of-a-Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight
Two PairsHigh Card, PairRoyal Flush, Straight Flush, Four-of-a-Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three-of-a-Kind
PairHigh CardRoyal Flush, Straight Flush, Four-of-a-Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three-of-a-Kind, Two Pairs

Poker Hand FAQs

What is the best hand in poker?

The best hand in poker is the Royal Flush, a five-card poker hand made of consecutive cards (10 through Ace) of the same suit.

What hands to play in poker?

Most pros agree that beginners should only play premium hands, even if this means that most of the game will be spent folding preflop.

If two players have a four-of-a-kind at the same time, who is the winner?

When two players have a four-of-a-kind each in the same hand, the winner is the player with the highest-ranking four cards.

If two players have the same four-of-a-kind, who is the winner?

When two players have the same four-of-a-kind each in the same hand, the winner is the player with the highest 'kicker' — the fifth card in their hand.