Overview of Poker Hand Rankings
What’s the most important card in poker? It might be that special “Poker Hand Rankings” card that’s included in many decks. If you’re just starting out, or even if you’ve played at Bovada Poker for a little while, this card could mean more to you than any of the 52 standard playing cards. It shows all the possible poker hands you can make, in order of strength, with examples included.
It’s not a perfect list, though. The rankings are designed to help you with the high hands you’ll be trying to make while playing the standard “flop” games available at Bovada: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Omaha Hi/Lo. They don’t do a very good job of helping you with the low hands in Omaha Hi/Lo. But most people play Hold’em anyway, so as a public service, here’s a look at the Texas Hold’em poker hand rankings, starting with the best hand you can possibly make.
Royal Flush (Ace through Ten, same suit)
If you play online poker long enough, you’ll be dealt at least one of these beauties. The odds of making a Royal Flush by the river in Hold’em are 30,939-to-1.
Straight Flush (five consecutive cards, same suit)
If you have this hand, you almost certainly have the nuts. Almost.
Four of a Kind (four cards of one rank)
Also known as quads. It’s very rare to lose with this hand, but it happens.
Full House (three cards of one rank, two cards of another)
Also known as a boat. Once again, you probably have the nuts, but watch out for bigger boats if the board is paired.
Flush (five cards of same suit)
A very powerful hand, but much better when you have the nut flush. Don’t overplay baby flushes.
Straight (five consecutive cards)
The nut straight (AKQJT) in Hold’em is called Broadway.
Three of a Kind (three cards of one rank)
Also known as a set, or trips if you have one of the three cards and the other two are on the board.
Two Pair (two cards of one rank, two cards of another)
This is the lowest of the “big hands” in Hold’em. It’s usually worth betting all three streets with.
Pair (two cards of one rank)
There’s almost a 44% chance in Hold’em that you’ll have a pair by the river.
High Card (everything else)
About one hand out of every six you play to the river will end up this way, but Ace-High and even King-High still have some value.