There are 10 possible 5 card hands in a game of poker – of all variants. Here we take a look at each in order of best to worst. We offer the best online poker games sites that can guide you in an appropriate way to make a move to win real poker money.
The best 5 card hand possible consists of 10, J, Q, K, and A of the same suit. Whatever your opponent may hold, they will not be beating you so get your chips in the pot!
Any 5 consecutive cards of the same suit except 10, J, Q, K, and A makes up a Straight Flush. You could have A, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the same suits up to 9, 10, J, Q, and K.
Any 4 cards of the same value e.g., 4 2’s or 4 J’s. The higher the value of the card the better the hand. Remember, as all best hands in poker are made up of 5 cards, this hand will contain the highest card available to you as well which is known as a ‘kicker’.
3 of a Kind and a Pair together. The value of the hand is determined by the 3 of a Kind first, so 3 3’s and 2 4’s would beat 3 2’s and 2 A’s.
5 cards of the same suit that aren’t in numerical order. This could be 2, 5, 7, 9, and Q of Spades or 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10 of Diamonds for instance. The strength of the hand is determined by the highest card down to the lowest, so the first hand mentioned would be a Queen High Flush poker and would beat the other hand, a 10 High Flush poker.
5 cards in numerical order of differing suits. This could be 4s, 5d, 6h, 7d, and 8c for example, or 9h, 10s, Jc, Qh, and Kh. As with a Flush poker, the highest value card determines the strength of the hand so in the above examples a Straight to a King would beat a Straight to an 8.
3 cards of the same value and 2 ‘kicker’ cards. The higher the value of the 3 of a Kind, the better the hand, if the value is the same then the highest kicker card wins the hand.
2 different Pairs along with 1 ‘kicker’ card.
1 Pair of the same value along with 3 different value ‘kicker’ cards.
If you don’t have one Pair or better, your hand is known by the highest value card ‘high’. For example, 5, 7, 9, Q, and K would be known as King High. You are very unlikely to win with this hand so avoid putting too many chips into the pot!