HAND RANK
Just as in other forms of poker such as Five Card Draw and Seven Card Stud, Texas Holdem uses a hierarchy of ranks to decide which player wins a hand. Although each player can use seven total cards, 5 community cards on the board plus 2 hole cards, the top five cards are what are used in play. Not only are there ranks between hands, there are ranks between cards. For example, any King is a higher ranked card than any 10. Suits are not considered in terms of ranks. This is important in the cases of a tie.



Hand
Description
Example
1
Royal Flush (Highest Straight Flush)
Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten and all must be of the same suit. TIE BREAKER: N/A (Only 1 Royal Flush is possible each hand)
A♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠ 10♠
2
Straight Flush
Five cards in a sequence and all must be of the same suit. It is considered a Straight that is also a Flush. TIE BREAKER: Straight Flush with the highest card.
7 6 5 4 3
3
Four of a Kind (AKA Quads)
Four cards of the same rank. TIE BREAKER: Four of a Kind with the highest rank is considered first then highest fifth card is considered if there is still a tie.
6 6 6♣ 6♠ K
4
Full House (AKA Full Boat)
Three cards of the same rank and two cards of the same rank in the same hand. It is considered having Three of a Kind with a Pair. TIE BREAKER: Highest rank of Three of a Kind is considered first then highest rank of Pair is considered if there is still a tie.
Q Q♣ Q 10 10♠
5
Flush
Five cards of the same suit. TIE BREAKER: Flush with the highest card.
A♣ Q♣ 9♣ 6♣ 4♣
6
Straight
Five cards in a sequence. TIE BREAKER: Straight with the highest card.
7♠ 6 5♠ 4♣ 3
7
Three of a Kind (AKA Trips or a Set)
Three cards of the same rank. TIE BREAKER: Three of a Kind with the highest rank is considered first then the highest card if there is still a tie.
5 5♣ 5 J 4
8
Two Pairs
Two cards of the same rank and two cards of the same rank in the same hand. TIE BREAKER: Highest rank of Pair is considered first then the next highest rank of Pair is considered then highest fifth card is considered if there is still a tie.
K♠ K 8♠ 8♣ 10
9
One Pair
Two cards of the same rank. TIE BREAKER: Pair with the highest rank is considered first then highest card if there is still a tie.
7 7♣ A Q 10
10
High Card
Top five highest cards. TIE BREAKER: Highest card (unique to an individual player and included in top five highest cards).
K♣ J 9 8♣ 5