Poker Hand Ranking with Cheat Sheet

Poker can be a with overwhelming when you are starting out. There are lots of variations of pokers, rules, and different kind of hands you can make. Therefore, we want to help you out a bit. We created a cheat sheet with an overview of all the poker hands you can make. The hand on top “Royal Flush” is the best combination you can make on Poker, while “high card” is on the bottom of the poker hand ladder. 

poker hands cheat sheet

How to make your hand in Texas Hold’em 

There are a lot of different forms of Poker, the most popular ones are Texas Hold’em and Omaha Poker. The sheet above shows the ranking for these popular games. When you are playing Texas Hold’em you can always use the cards from your own hand and the ones from the board to form your hand of five cards. You can use two from your hand plus three from the table, one from your hand and four from the table, or even all five of the cards on the table. The strongest combination will always count. However, if you use the five cards on the table be aware that your opponent at minimum will have an equally strong hand as yours and it might be even better. 

Things are slightly different in Pot Limit Omaha

In Pot Limit Omaha other rules apply. You always get four cards in your hand and no matter what those four cards are, you always must use two of them and three more from the board. So, if you have a starting hand with for example four aces, it is not that good at all. If you want to know more information about Pot Limit Omaha make sure to read our guide

The order of the Poker Cards matter

If the hand in a poker game is over and both of you have a straight, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is a split pot. One player can have a better straight than the other player. If the board shows 5-6-7-J-2 and you have 4-8 in your you have a straight (4-5-6-7-8), however if your opponent has the following cards; 8-9 he has a straight from 5 until 9 and he will beat you. If he has 3-4 he will have a straight as well, but you will beat him as your straight is the higher one. 
This doesn’t only go for the straight, if you both have a flush, the highest card in the flush counts first if that is the same one it’s about the 2nd highest card and so on. 
This also goes with a Straight flush, four of a kind, full house, three of a kind, two pair, pair and high card. In all these poker hands it is possible that one has a better combination of this hand than the other. 
With a full house it’s about who has the highest combination of three cards, if this is the same the two cards count afterwards. With two pair its first about the highest pair, afterwards about the 2nd pair. 

The ace is a special card in Poker

Just like in many other card games the Ace can be used in two ways. It is the highest card of the game, and if you have it in any situation it will always count as the highest cards in the game (so with pairs, a three of a kind, a flush etc). However, when you are making a straight you can also use the ace as a one. The lowest straight in the game is A-2-3-4-5, while the highest is 10-J-Q-K-A. 

A high card to complete your hand

High card is the worst possible poker combination you can make in poker. This basically means you haven’t made any combination and thus your best poker hand is a high card. A high card also comes into play when both players have the same hand after four or less cards (as at the end it’s about the best five cards). The high card will than decide the winner. An example your cards are A10 and your opponent has A9, with the board being A, A, 8, 5, 3. Your hand will be A-A-A-10-8 while your opponent’s hand is A-A-A-9-8, you will beat your opponent as your 10 beats the 9. 

Download the poker hand cheat sheet

The cheat sheet can be great to have next to you while you are a new to Texas Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha. If you forgot the rankings for a moment, you will have them right there. Download the image and print it out, so you can always keep track of the poker hand rankings.