Texas Hold'em Basic Guide P3: Texas Hold'em Hand Rankings

Texas Hold'em is a form of poker played with two-hole cards and a maximum of five community cards that all players can use to create the best hand. Knowing the hierarchy of hands in poker is important, and Texas Hold'em games are no exception. Let's refresh your memory so you know the poker hand rankings and what cards make up each hand.

The Texas Hold'em hand rankings, in ascending order

The hand rankings used in Texas Hold'em include nine hands, which we have ordered from lowest to highest value and which we will discover as we progress through the following lines. To give you an idea, the ranking from lowest to highest in Texas Hold'em would be as follows: high card (the least valuable hand), pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, flush, full house, poker, straight flush and royal flush.

High Card

Although many people think that the worst hand a player can get in a poker game is a pair, this is not the case. According to the strict rules of the game, the high card in poker, and in Texas Hold'em without exception, is the worst hand a player can have. It is a card that does not have a side card or any other support to increase its value.

As such, the high card can be considered to be any hand that does not fall into one of the categories below. In the event of a tie, the highest card wins, hence the name.


A pair is when you get two cards of the same value (e.g. two aces, two ladies or two sixes), and all other cards are unpaired. A more 'pro' variant is the double pair, which is shown below.

Double pair

A player has a double pair when he has two cards of the same rank (two kings, for example), two cards of the same rank again (two aces) and a kicker, which is the card that remains unpaired. Far from being useless, the kicker can be decisive in establishing a tie-breaker, since, in the case of an identical hand, the higher kicker determines the winner.

Three of a kind