Top 10 Poker Hands
You will of course need to be able to recognise a good initial set of pocket cards when you are playing poker at either an online poker site or a land based poker playing venue, and when you are playing the world’s most popular poker game, that being the game of Texas Hold’em Poker there are a lot of different hands you can end up with.
Below you will find the top 10 poker hands which are ranked in order of their value, and as such you will find the highest ranked Texas Hold’em Poker hands along with the following nine other top ranked hands.
Remember that many sites offer a Bad Beat Jackpot when you get a four of a kind hand dealt out to you which then gets beaten by a Royal Flush, so look out for sites that offer this kind of bonus payout when you are playing online or even in a land based venue.
The very best hand you can get when playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker is of course a Royal Flush you will have to get the following cards all to complete this top paying hand in the same suit and when you do you should win the pot!
The cards that make up a Royal Flush are the Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace which as mentioned should all be in the same matching suit!
The next best ranked poker hand that can be achieved whenever you are playing the popular poker variant that is Texas Hold ‘Em Poker is called a Straight Flush hand, and this is any sequence of consecutive valued cards that must all share the very same suit, so a Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine all in the suit of Clubs for example is one of these Straight Flush hands!
Moving on to the next raked hand which you will be hoping is dealt out to you when you are playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker either online or in a land based poker venues is what is known as a four of a kind hand, the description of this highly ranked poker hand gives you something of an indication of what it is, and it is any set of four cards that are the same, so if you get four 8 cards then you have a four of a kind hand.
When you are playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker you will come across a hand that is known as a full house, this kind of poker hand consists of one pair of cards along with three other cards that are all the same, so if you get dealt a pair of sixes for example along with three five cards then this is one of these Full House hands and you have a Full House! This is a fairly strong hand and as such you will see it taking the prize pot quite often.
When you are playing the poker game variant of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker if you are lucky enough to get any five cards making up your final hand that all share the same suit then you have what is known in the industry as a Flush hand, the cards do not need to be in any order, as long as your five cards all share the very same suit then you have a Flush hand which is not a bad hand to have and play on with!
A Straight is simply a set of cards which are consecutive in value, such as a 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, they can be in any suit, and as long as they are consecutive then you have a Straight Hand, should the cards all share the same suit then you have the higher values Straight Flush listed above.
You will find that you end up with a three of a kind hand quite regularly whenever you are playing either online or at a land based poker venue a three of a kind hand, as the name of this Texas Hold ‘Em Poker ranked hand suggests when you get dealt as part of your final hand, any three cards that are all the same then you have one of these hands so three 6’s or three 5’s will make up such a hand.
When playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker if you get two pairs which can be any set of two matching cards then you have a two pair hand, so a pair of 5’s and a pair of 9’s along with any other card will make up this hand, however you will not necessarily be holding one of the strongest hands when you get dealt such a hand so do consider whether your hand is going to be strong enough to win when dealt such a hand.
You will get one pair as part of your final head very often when playing the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker game variant and this hand should never be taken as a definite winning hand for there are, as you can see above, many stronger hands that can and will beat a pair, for reference any two cards that are the same will make up a pair when you are playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker such as two 6’s or two King’s.
When you are playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and you hand is made up of different un-matching cards then you will have a what is known as a High Card hand, the high valued card in your hand is what the value of this type of hand will be and when dealt such a hand you will be unlikely to win the pot unless you can bluff your way to winning it, which is what a lot of players will do. You really should only consider playing on with a High Card hand if it contains an Ace or at the very least a King card!