Poker Hands Ranking Explained – Video Guide

Poker hands are one of the key issues people have with Texas Hold ‘Em. You can't play the game, if you don't know whether you have a good hand. The number of hands can be incredibly daunting and troublesome for new players.

So we've done a quick video guide to explain the rankings of Poker hands in ascending order, so you'll always have a quick guide to come back to. If you want to learn how to play Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, then we also have a video explaining the rules.

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For a written version of these rules, then hit read more below to head over to the written break down of Poker hand rankings.

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Texas Hold ‘Em Hand Rankings

High Cardhigh card

  • The High card is simply a single card, with higher value cards beating those of lower value
  • Since the community cards are shared, only high cards in the player’s own hand will be relevant
  • Cards are ranked 2 – 10, then Jack, Queen, King and finally the Ace as the highest card
  • If 2 players tie on a high card, then the additional cards in their hand are used as kickers
  • If they still tie then the round is a draw and the pot is split


  • A pair is two cards with the same numerical value e.g 2 Jacks 
  • If 2 players have a compare pairs, then it’s whoever has the highest pair
  • If pairs are matched then the 3 kicker cards in their hand decide the round

2 Pairs2 pair

  • Two pairs consist of two cards of one value and another 2 cards of a different value
  • None of the suits need to match
  • If two players enter the showdown with 2 pairs then the higher pair is compared and the higher value pair wins
  • If the higher value pair is the same then the lower pair is compared
  • If both pairs match then the kicker is used to determine the winner

3 of A Kind3 of a kind

  • Three of a kind is if where a player has 3 cards of the same value in their final hand
  • If two players have three of a kind then the higher value set wins
  • If it is matched then the kickers are used to decide the winner


  • A Straight is where the player has 5 cards of sequential value
  • In comparing two straights the highest card is compared
  • If two players match straights with the same high card then they tie
  • The Ace can be used high or low in a straight but that it cannot ‘wrap around’ to create a straight of Queen, King, Ace, 2, 3


  • A flush where a player has 5 cards of the same suit
  • The cards don’t have to be in sequential order
  • Two players with flushes are compared by the card values in their flush; highest card wins
  • If they match on the highest card the lower cards of the flush are compared until a difference is found

Full House

full house

  • A full house is when a player with a pair and a three of a kind
  • The cards only need to be the same value, not the same suit
  • In comparing two full houses the three of a kind is compared first with the higher value set winning
  • If the three of a kind is matched then the higher value pair will win

4 of A Kind4 of a kind

  • A four of a kind is when a player has 4 cards of the same value
  • If two players have four of a kind then the higher value set wins
  • If the values are the same then the fifth card’s value is used as a kicker to decide the winner

Straight Flushstraight flush

  • A straight flush is 5 sequential cards, that all share the same suit
  • In comparing two different straight flushes the highest ranking card is used
  • In Texas Hold ‘Em it is not possible for two players to form an identical straight flush unless all five cards used are community cards
  • In which case the round would be a draw between all players who had not folded

Royal Flush

royal flush

  • A royal flush is simply an Ace High straight flush
  • It is therefore the best straight flush possible
  • It is an unbeatable hand if one or more hole cards were used to create it

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