Which poker hands beat others?

Just want to know how I can bring my poker gameplay to the next level. Can anyone tell me which poker hands beat others?

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To know which poker hands beat others, you have to know how poker hands rank. You can check out this article for an in-depth look into poker hand ranks:


Poker hand ranks are divided into two categories - premium hands and additional hands. Premium hands are the highest ranked hands in poker. Let's take a look at each of them.

1. Royal Flush - You get a royal flush when you put together 10, J, Q, K and A of the exact same suit. While putting together such hand is possible, it is highly rare that your opponents will allow you to form one.

2. Straight Flush - It may be difficult to put together a straight flush. However, it is a bit more achievable as compared to a royal flush. It is a lot similar to the royal flush. However, instead of 10, J, Q, K and A, you can have any consecutive cards of the same suit. For instance, you can have 7, 8, 9, 10 and J of hearts and have the highest ranked poker hand (if none of the other players has a royal flush).

3. Four-of-a-Kind (Quads) - It is hard to put together this hand, but it is virtually unbeatable by other hands apart from the royal flush and the straight flush. You have a four-of-a-kind when you have four cards of the same rank, such as J-J-J-J. Like the straight flush, a Quad is almost always the best hand.

4. Full House (Boat) - A full house is also commonly known as a "boat" because the cards collectively resemble a sailboat when they are placed on the table. This hand is a combination of a three-of-a-kind and an additional pair. For example, you are dealt A-A and at pre-flop, you get A-3-3. Now, it gets tricky if another player gets a full house. Remember that your hand is only stronger if your three-of-kind has a higher value than your opponent's three-of-a-kind.

The hands mentioned above are the strongest ones you can put together in Texas Hold'em. However, there are still other hands you can form.

1. Flush - You form a flush when you put together an entire hand of the same suit. For example, you come up with 4-9-10-J-K, all of which are hearts. More often, you will not flop when you get a flush because this is considered as a good hand.

2. Straight - You have a plain straight when you put together a hand that connects with each other and they are not of the same suit. For example, you get a plain straight when you come up with 3-4-5-6-7. On the other hand, if you put together 2-3-4-5-7 you only have a small straight. While the aforementioned hand is ideal for Yahtzee, it is no good in poker.

3. Three-of-a-Kind (Trips or Set) - You get this hand when you have three cards of the same rank along with two cards which are not of the same value. This hand is good in most cases, but you have to be careful when there are three or four community cards that are of the same suit or connectors.

4. Two-Pair - While a two pair hand has a low rank, it can still help you win big pots. You have a two-pair hand when you get two cards of the same value along with another pair of cards of a different rank.

5. Pair - It is true that it may be harder to win a big pot when you get a pair and the rest of your cards are of varying values. However, it is still possible to win. You can still win a big pot with a great pair when you have loose players as opponents.

6. High Card - You must pray you don't get this hand because this may be the worst you can get in Texas Hold'em. You get a high card when you can even put together a pair. Remember that this is a weak hand it rarely wins a showdown on the river. However, there are rare occasions that this hand wins. For instance, you get the highest valued cards, including the Ace and King.