All poker games are usually played with a 52-card deck. When you play Draw games a joker can be used. A wild card or joker is not used in Stud games and Flop games like Texas Holdem. From high to low cards are ranked as follow – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. In some games Ace can be the lowest card, but usually it is the highest.
No matter which poker game you play, your final poker hand consists of five cards. In some poker games just like Texas Holdem, players receive more than five cards, but at the end of the game they use five cards to form the best possible hand. Texas Holdem is very exciting and profitable card game, but you cannot play it if you do not know hand rankings. From low to high the ranks of Texas Holdem hands are as follow:
High Card – this is the lowest hand in Texas Holdem and all poker games.
One Pair – this hand is probably the most common in Texas Holdem poker and it consists of two cards of one rank and other three unmatched cards.
Two Pair – it is when you have two pairs and other unmatched card.
Three of a kind – this poker hand is made of three cards of the same face value plus two unmatched cards.
Straight – these are five cards in ranked succession.
Flush – it is when you get five cards of the same suite, but not in sequence.
Full House – this hand is made of three cards of the same face value and one pair.
Four of a kind – these are four cards of the same rank – as four Kings and any other fifth card.
Straight Flush – this is a very good hand in poker games and it consists of five cards of the same suit and in sequent order.
Royal Straight Flush – this is the best possible hand in Texas Holdem and all other poker variants and it is made of Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten all in the same suite.
Another important thing in Texas Holdem poker game for you is to know how to play your hand. Your starting hand is certainly one of the keys to your success. The best starting hands in Texas Holdem poker are AA, KK and QQ. Also very good starting hands are Ace and King suited, Ace and Queen suited, two Jacks and King and Queen suited. The worst hand you can receive in Texas Holdem poker game is 2 and 7 unsuited.
One of the most important decisions for every player in Texas Holdem game is deciding which hands to play. Many poker players lose money because they play too many hands. When you play Texas Holdem poker you have to know that there are 169 possible two-card starting hands, but not all these hands are playable. Which hand to play depends on your position at the Texas Holdem table and it means that not all of the good starting hands will be payable from every position.