Top 10 Texas Hold‘em Poker Hands

If you want to win more money or just beat your friends at poker you need to know quickly what hand you've been dealt. Here you'll learn the top 10 winning poker hands overall for Texas Hold‘em and the best starting hands.

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Official Poker Hands Ranked From Highest to Lowest

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Official Poker Hands
Rank Example Hand Name Hand Description
1 royal-flush Royal Flush
Best possible hand in poker. Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all in the same suit.
2 straight-flush Straight Flush
Five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
3 four-of-a-kind Four of a Kind
The same card in each of the four suits.
4 full-house Full House
Also called a Full Boat. A pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
5 flush Flush
Five cards, all in one suit, but not in numerical order.
6 straight Straight
Five cards in numerical order, but not of the same suit.
7 kind Three of a Kind
Sometimes called Trips or a Set. Three of one card and two non-paired cards.
8 two-pairs Two Pair
Two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.
9 one-pair One Pair
One pairing of the same card with three other non-matching cards.
10 high-cards High Card
No matching cards, not in consecutive order and at least two different suits.

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Top 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas Hold'em Poker

Key to being good at Texas Hold'em is knowing your hands and knowing what's playable.

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    Pocket Aces

    This one is a poker classic. The strongest starting hand in poker, pocket aces are a strong pre-flop favourite over any other two cards and a 4:1 favourite over almost any hand. You will be dealt 'pocket rockets', as they are also known, on average once every 221 hands, so it makes sense to get excited about them pre-flop. However, it's worth remembering that their likelihood of winning goes down as more players enter the pot, so the fewer opponents you're up against the better.

  2. pocket-kings
    Pocket Kings

    Pocket Kings, also known as 'cowboys', are a favourite against any hand (except aces). There are not many flops that should make you too worried - however, it is worth remembering that kings will only win against a hand with one ace just over two thirds of the time. You will almost always be happy to get your money in pre-flop with pocket kings.

  3. pocket-queens
    Pocket Queens

    If you get dealt pocket queens, you are safe in the knowledge that only eight overcards are left in the deck, or even fewer if you get your money in against an opponent with an ace, a king, or ace king. You will want to play this hand strongly before the flop, raising or re-raising from any position almost all of the time, and you will still frequently run into plenty of opponents prepared to commit their money with weaker hands.

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    Ace-King Suited

    This hand is often nicknamed 'Anna Kournikova' by recreational players - it's pretty to look at, but doesn't win as much as you think it should. It is easy to fall in love with ace-king suited, and it is by no means a weak hand, winning against all pocket pairs half of the time (except for pocket aces and pocket kings). However, it is also worth bearing in mind that if you don't connect with the flop, then you just have ace-high.

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    Pocket Jacks

    It's a classic poker saying that there are three ways to play pocket jacks, and all of them are wrong. However, this is a bit of a clich, and the hand is a favourite or coin-flip (50:50) against any unpaired hand and a strong pre-flop favourite over any lower pocket pair. It is still a very strong hand, particularly if the pot is unraised and you look down at jacks in late-position, though you can be a little more careful if an opponent has come in for an early-position raise.

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    Pocket Tens

    Pocket tens are a strong starting hand and a real poker classic. They're strong enough that you don't need to hit a third ten on the flop to continue. They will still win against overcards every other time, though there are far more combinations where it is not as strong a favourite as pocket jacks. If there is a lot of action before you, it is sometimes easy to fold tens before the flop.

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    Ace-Queen Suited

    While this hand is an underdog against an offsuit Ace-King, it ranks higher due to its relative strength against other starting hands. Sometimes, you will find yourself in a spot where you need to fold, even after hitting a pair on the flop. However, if you completely miss the flop, it's easier to stay out of trouble with an Ace-Queen.

  8. ace-king-offsuit
    Ace-King Offsuit

    Weaker than its suited counterpart due to its decreased likelihood of hitting a flush, an offsuit ace-king will still win at least 40% of the time against any hand other than aces or kings. Sometimes, it is worth calling in position with this hand before the flop to keep the pot small and still get paid if you pair one of your two hole cards.

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    Ace-Jack Suited

    Like a suited ace-king or ace-queen, this hand can make a royal flush. However, it is one that is worth playing more carefully; especially if a player has raised from early position. Any ace-king or ace-queen combination still has you beat if you pair your ace, so you don't want to fall in love with an ace-jack.

  10. king-queen-suited
    King-Queen Suited

    Just edging out ace-ten suited and pocket nines, king-queen suited is a hand that is said to 'flop well'. It can make a large number of straights and flushes, while just hitting one pair will sometimes give you the best hand. However, you should be able to fold this hand fairly easily if the action before you suggests other players are entering the pot with a strong hand.

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