Learning the rules to be able to play Texas Hold’em Poker is simple, easy and fun. Whether by the game dynamics or even in popular terms such as “all-in”, “holding position” or even “bluffing”. This is something that makes the game even more interesting. At the beginning of each hand, each player is dealt two cards face down. And to win the game, the player must form the best hand of 5 cards, being able to use their 2 hole cards and 5 open cards, as it is also called “table cards”.
Poker hand ranking
Of course, poker has rules for each of these hands throughout the game. And, as pointed out by Igor Trafane, poker is a game of reasoning, of intelligence. At the same time, a game where you must always remember that in the end, whoever has the strongest possible 5-card hand wins. As stated before, players can use their 2 hole cards plus 3 of the 5 hole cards or any combination that includes the 5 hole cards. So it’s important that you know the poker hands and their rankings so that you can think about what to do during the round.
Royal Straight Flush
Certainly, the Royal Straight Flush is the highest hand of all, being the best of all – which you’ll see below. It is made up of an ever-increasing sequence of cards starting with Ten and going all the way to Ace. They are all suited, regardless of what suit.
As such, Straight Flush is another great Poker hand, second only to the Royal Straight Flush. The difference is that, in Straight Flush, any sequence of cards of the same suit is valid, not necessarily being from Ten to Ace. An example is 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of Hearts.
Four of a kind is the next highest hand as it is also a very rare hand. It consists of a combination of four matching cards. As for example, the four cards numbered 6 in the game, obviously of the 4 different suits. The shortest quad is made up of four 2s and the longest made up of four aces.
In sequence, Full House is also another great poker hand. It is made up of three of a kind and one more Pair . For example, 9, 9, 9, J, and J. The smallest possible Full House is 2, 2, 2, 3, and 3, while the largest is A, A, A, K, and K.
Flush refers to five cards of the same suit, regardless of the number of those cards. That is, if you have 2, 5, 7, 9 and K of clubs, you have a Flush. The highest possible Flush is A, K, Q, J and 9 of any specific suit.
Next in the sequel is Straight. It consists of five cards linked in sequence, not needing them to be of the same suit. The largest possible Straight is A, K, Q, J and 10.