How to play Texas HoldEm Poker - Hands and Rules

If yes, the player with the highest pair win. But because Bob has a king and Alice only a 10, he wins. Put your new skills to the test by playing one of our free texas hold'em poker games! Are you a new player? I'm confused then - why does that need to be evaluated first? After this there is another round of betting, then a fourth shared card — called the turn — is dealt.


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One is when the players in a hand turn over their hole cards and the player with the best hand wins. This is known as a showdown. The other is that someone will bet enough that everyone else folds. This is how most hands end in Texas Hold'em and that's the magic of the game — you don't always need the best hand to win.

Okay, let's go over how a Texas Holdem poker hand works using only poker slang and see if you can keep up. Firstly, you are dealt your hole cards.

Then there is a round of betting. Then the players remaining see a flop. Then there is another round of betting. Then you see a turn card. Then another round of betting. Then a final river card. Then one more round of betting. The best five card hand wins. If not, have a read of our Poker Glossary. Comfortable with the rules so far? Put your new skills to the test by playing one of our free texas hold'em poker games!

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Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. How do you determine the winner of a hand? Example Alice has 7 and 10 Bob has 7 and K On the board are 7, 7, 2, 3, 4 In that case, both have a three of a kind. Bob wins, because he has the greatest private card that is part of the flush Example 2 - Straight Alice has 6 and K Bob has 6 and J On the board are 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 Contradicting answer 1: Alice wins, because she owns an extra king, compared to the jack of Bob Example 3 - Full house Alice has 3 and 7 Bob has 3 and 6 On the board are 3, 3, 2, 2, 5 Contradicting answer 1: Alice wins because of her extra 7, compared to the 6 of Bob Thank you very much for your answers.

Ok, So if I summarize what you are saying: In the flush case, Bob wins because at some point, their hand differs. Technically, I can continue comparing the highest private card to decide who wins.

I had it correct. In the straight case, if the highest card of the straight is public, then it's technically always a tie, no matter what the players had as second private card asuming that only one of the two cards was part of the straight. In a full house if both players have the same triplet and the same pair, it's always a tie, no matter what the players had as second private card assuming again that only one of the two was part of the full house.

Please confirm me that what I summarized is correct. Thank you for your answer. QuentinC 1 2 6. The hand with cards of a same suit is called a flush. The original questions referred to matching colors; this is misleading because matching only colors as opposed to suits is not a valid hand in any standard poker game.

Every hand is exactly 5 cards. The most common mistake is not using exactly 5 cards. The next step is to evaluate the hands. It starts like this: Does any single player have a straight flush? If yes, he is the winner. Do multiple players have a straight flush? If yes, the winner is the one with the highest card. If multiple people share the highest card either in a different suit or because there is a straight flush in the community cards they split the pot.

Royal flush is excluded because it's just a special straight flush that no one else can beat. Does any single player have 4 of a kind? Do multiple players have 4 of a kind? If yes, the one with the highest 'set of 4' is the winner. If multiple players have the highest set of 4 which is not achievable with a standard poker deck, but is with a double deck or community cards , the one with the highest kicker highest card not in the set of 4 is the winner.

If this card is the same, they split the pot. Does any single player have a full house? Do multiple players have full houses? If yes, then keeping in mind that a full house is a 3-set and a 2-set, the player with the highest 3-set wins the pot. If multiple players share the highest 3-set which isn't possible without community cards like in hold 'em, or a double deck then the player with the highest 2-set is the winner.

If the 2-set and 3-set is the same, those players split the pot. Does any single player have a flush? Do multiple players have a flush? If yes, the player with a flush with the highest unique card is the winner.

This hand is similar to 'high card' resolution, where each card is effectively a kicker. Note that a flush requires the same suit, not just color. While the colors used on the suit are red and black, two each, there's nothing to that connection. A club is no more similar to a spade than it is to a heart - only suit matters. The colors are red and black for historical purposes and so the same deck can be played for other games where that might matter.

Does any single player have a straight? If yes, he wins the pot. Do multiple players have straights? If so, the player with the highest straight wins. A is the lowest straight, while J-Q-K-A is the highest straight. If multiple players share the highest straight, they split the pot.

Does any single player have a 3 of a kind? Do multiple players have 3 of a kind? If yes, the player with the highest 3-set wins the pot. If multiple players have the highest 3-set, the player with the highest kicker wins the pot. If multiple players tie for highest 3-set and highest kicker, the player with the next highest kicker wins the pot.

If the players tie for the highest 3-set, highest kicker, and highest second kicker, the players split the pot. Does any single player have 2-pair?