Texas Hold’em is played with a standard fifty-two card deck. In decreasing order, the rank of the cards is as follows: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. An Ace may be used to complete a straight flush or an Ace-2-3-4-5 straight.
COMBINATIONS IN DECREASING ORDER
Royale flush: a hand composed of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit.
Straight Flush: Five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking.
Four of a kind: a hand composed of four cards of the same rank plus any other card.
Full House: A hand composed of three cards of the same value (three of a kind) plus a pair. The Three of a kind card values will determine the rank of the Full house (i.e., three eights will rank higher than three fives).
Flush: A combination of five cards of the same suit, not consecutive in value.
Straight: A hand of five cards in consecutive ranking, that may or may not include an Ace, without regard to suit. The Ace can count as a high card or low card.
Three of a kind: a three of a kind is composed of three cards of the same rank.
Two pairs: Two cards of the same rank, independent of the value and suit of the fifth card: the rank of the hand is determined by the higher of the two pairs in value.
Pair: Two cards of the same rank.
High card: The highest ranking card.