It can be tricky trying to remember the exact order of the poker hand rankings. So we have included a very handy guide which you can print out. That way, you will always know what potential hands you can make. And more importantly, which hands could potentially beat you!
If you want to know which poker hands to play, look at your hole cards (the two you are dealt at the beginning) and work out where they rank on the list. The poker hand rankings go from the highest or the best down the lowest and worst.
Firstly you should know how the individual cards are ranked:
Ace is the best card. In Texas Hold'em it cannot be the low card. Two is the worst card. It is always the lowest.
Starting at the top with the Ace, the cards are then valued in order from the King down. Until you get all the way down to TWO.
If you want to know which poker hand wins, it starts with the best which is the Royal Flush. The worst hand is No Pair and then there is everything in between.
The five cards – Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 – in order, in the same suit. Nothing can beat this.
A straight flush is when you have five cards, in order in any one suit. So a 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of clubs would be a straight flush. Only a Royal Flush can beat it.
Four Of A Kind
When you hold four cards of the same rank. For example, if you have four 10's and a Queen you would have four of a kind. The highest in this rank is four Aces and a King. A flush of any kind can beat this hand.
This is where your five cards are made up of three of a kind plus a pair. So if you have three 7's and a pair of Jacks, you have a full house. But don't get too excited. It's a good hand but if you have three 4's and a pair of twos, another full house with higher ranked cards can beat you. As can any of the hands above.
Any five, non-sequential cards of the same suit. So if you find yourself with a Queen, 9, 6, 2 and 3 of hearts (or any suit) you have a flush.
This is five cards in sequence but made up of all different suits.
Three Of A Kind
Very straightforward. You have three cards of the same rank and two cards that help with nothing. For example – 7, 7, 7, 10 and 2.
From your two cards plus all the cards on the board, you can make two pairs with a fifth card spare.
Not quite the worst hand but not far off it. If you can only make one pair, then things are dicey. Especially if it is a low-ranked pair like 2's or 3's.
More common than you think. This is when you can make absolutely nothing form the cards. When you can't even make a pair throw in the towel!
Below is the printable poker hand rankings guide which outlines all of the hands above.