So now we know what a poker table looks like, what position is, and how the flow of play occurs.  Obviously, we can’t win a showdown of Texas HoldEm without the best hand, and it helps to have a poker hand rank graph to make things a little easier.  In other words, it helps to know in texas holdem what beats what!

Let’s take a look at the hold em hand rank: 

Poker Hand Rank Chart

Poker Hand Rank Chart

Royal Flush – Ace high straight of cards in the same suit.

Straight Flush – A five card straight in the same suit.

Four Of A Kind – Four cards of the same rank (aka Quads).

Full House – Three cards of one rank and a pair of other cards (aka Full Boat or Full Book).

Flush – 5 cards of the same suit.

Straight - 5 card straight in any suit.

Three Of A Kind – Three cards of the same rank (aka Trips or Set).

Two Pair – Two cards of the same rank together with another two cards of the same rank.

One Pair – Two cards of the same rank.

High Card – Where your hand is determined by your highest cards.

NOTE:  If two or more players have the same ‘hand’ (for example, a pair of jacks) the winner is determined by the person’s next highest single card, known as a ‘kicker’.  For example, if you had Ace-Jack as your hole cards, and I had King-Jack, and a Jack came on the river, we would both have a pair of Jacks but you would have an Ace kicker, winning you the hand.

This hold em hand rank chart concludes the ‘How To Play Hold Em Poker’ series.  Next we’ll be looking at some basic hold em strategy.  In the interim, it’s worthwhile remembering that one of the best ways to really get to know the rules of holdem is to play it.  Whether for money or for fun, you can use some of the links to the right to access some of the best online poker rooms available. 

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