Texas Holdem Poker Hands Ranking and Charts!

Texas Holdem poker hands ranking in order

The best Texas Holdem poker hands rankings in order

The first things that you need to learn when playing Texas Holdem are rules and poker hands rankings. Without knowing what beats what you will be struggling to move forward. Thus, spending few minutes going over poker hands in order will pay for itself in no time.

Poker Hands Rankings Chart

If you find this poker hands chart misleading, I made a list as well. Make sure to remember all hands rankings in order from strongest one to the weakest, and you will be able to recognize this in the game with a blink of the eye.

Royal Flush: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and a Ten of the same suit.

Straight Flush: combination with five cards in a row with the same suit that is not A-high. For example 6s 7s 8s 9s Ts

Four of a kind: combination with 4 cards of the same rank, like 8888x

Full house: three cards of the same rank and a pair, like JJJ55

Flush: five cards of the same suit that are not in a row, like Kh Qh 8h 5h 3h

Straight: five cards in a row, like 5 6 7 8 9

Three of a kind: three cards of the same rank and two cards that do not match, like 99963

Two pairs: combination with two different pairs, like 4477x

One pair: two cards with the same rank and tree random cards, like AAJ73

High card: when all your cars are with different ranks and no combination is possible, like K Q 8 3 2

Poker hands ranking rules and the kicker

There are few situations where players can have a similar holding, but you still need to decide the winner of a particular poker hand. If two players have one pair hand, the one holding a higher pair will win. Therefore, KKxxx will always win against JJxxx and so on.

However, sometimes players end up having the same pair, such as KKQT3 and KKJ72. In this case “the kicker” comes into play and the player holding the highest non-pair hand will win. Therefore, poker hand with KKQT3 will take down the pot because it has a higher kicker (Q>J). If the top non-pair card is the same (like KKQT3 vs. KKQ94) than you have to compare the second high card and if that is the same than the third one. The pot will be split if all five cards are the same and both players end up having the identical combination.

It could happen with two pair hands as well. If players have JJ55K and JJ55Q, the one holding a king as a kicker will take down this pot.

Few other poker rules:

  • When both players have two pairs, the winners is one holding the highest pair. If the highest pair is the same then you have to compare the lower pair, and if that is the same as well, then the kicker decides (JJ227 wins against TT998)

  • When both players have a flush, the winner is one who holds a higher one (KhQh8h6h3h wins against KsQs7s4s3s)

  • When both players have a straight, the winner is one who holds the higher card combination (QJT98 wins against T9876)

  • When both players have full houses, the winner is one who holds higher 3-cards of the same rank (77722 wins against 666AA)

  • When both players have nothing, the winner is one holding the highest card. If the highest card is the same, then you have to compare the second one and so on until you find the difference (AQJ85 wins against AQJ83)

Best PreFlop poker hands charts and odds

I hope that by now you have a full understanding of which poker hands beat which and general Texas Holdem poker rules. If that is the case, we can start discussing preflop strategy and hand selection.

As you probably know, the best hand preflop is pocket aces (AA). Unfortunately, you will get that just 1 in 221 times or just around 0,45% of the time. Therefore, waiting just for premium holdings is not an option, and you need to have a different game plan. Knowing what hands to play is the most important part of any successful cash games or poker tournament strategy, and you have to learn it.

Luckily, I already created a list of hands that you can be playing from various positions. Moreover, you will be playing different holdings in cash game and MTTs as well because of varying formats and antes in the games. Thus, if you want to know what hands to open in multi-table tournaments or cash games, just grab my poker cheat sheet NOW!

printable poker hands cheat sheet

Obviously, after this, you will need to learn how to adjust your ranges against different players to reach better results, but you will have a great starting point. However, it is not so easy to learn advanced strategies that all professional players apply in their game to crush the competition, but I have a shortcut for you. You can get my advanced preflop master course for cash games and learn everything at once. You will be able to play different poker hands against different players; you will know how to adjust your ranges versus different sizing and much much more. Thus, I highly recommend at least reading the description and seeing what you should learn for yourself.

Before learning how to analyse your hands take a quick look at preflop poker odds and hands match-up.

Preflop Poker Hands Match-Up
Probability winning 1st handProbability winning 2nd hand
AA vs KK82%18%
KK vs AK69%31%
TT vs KQ56%44%
T9s vs 2254%46%
AJ vs 9862%38%
AT vs KQ60%40%
A8 vs J957%43

Analysing Texas Holdem poker hands

When you are ready to move forward and start playing, your primary job is to learn how to analyse poker hands. Firstly, you need to distinguish good and bad players and bear in mind that recreational players will be playing more random poker hands, which is obviously good for you.

Even if you are making your decisions postflop, you should start by analysing preflop action first. You have to take into consideration your opponent’s position because it is a good indication of possible holdings. A player who opens from the first position (called UTG –under the gun) is not going to have hands like Q3s or 85s while someone who is opening from the button can easily have it. Thus, it is pretty clear that you have to play differently against such players. Obviously, players from late position will be playing more weak poker hands and much wider ranges, so you have to remember it.

However, knowing the position is not enough. You need to determine are you up against a passive or aggressive player as well. If you are playing against a nit, he could be opening just 15% of all poker hands from the CO position while the more loose player could be playing 35% or even more. Therefore, the last one will have weaker hands, and you should be willing to bluff and bluff catch more versus him.

If you are playing online, you can get a lot of information from poker stats, but if you are playing live, you have to absorb all the information yourself and be aware of different tendencies at your table. Moreover, you can get a lot of help for your game from other programs, and I highly recommend checking out the list of the best poker tools and software that I am using myself. It will surely help you gain an additional edge and analyse your opponent’s poker hands.

When you know approximate range of your opponent, you can make decisions that are more educated postflop and choose your action based on the board texture.

Let us take a quick example. If your opponents open 15% of hands from the CO, he is going to have a good draw, middle pair or better around 57% of the time on QT7r. However, if he is opening around 35%, he will only hit those hands 35% of the time on the same board so his range will be much weaker and you can defend wider or even decide to bluff him.

15vs35 opening ranges

These are the most important things to take into consideration when analysing Texas Holdem poker hands, and if you will be able to put your opponent on an accurate range, the half job is done already. Just remember:

  • Put your opponent on a range based on his position and stats or your observation of his strategy

  • Identify if the flop is better for you or your opponent

  • Make decisions and play based on these facts and against his whole range. Not just one hand you think he could have

If you want to see some hand analysis in practise, you can take a look at my poker hand of the week series where I cover many interesting spots.

So study the rules, learn poker hands rankings and you will be analysing your hands like a pro in no time!