"Which poker hand wins?" or "What hand do I have?" are by far two of the most common questions we're asked here at PokerListings. So to put an end to the confusion, we built the ultimate Texas Hold’em Winning Hands tool. The Which Poker Hand Wins Calculator. Try our winning hand generator below and you'll soon master the mystery of "Which hand wins?" in poker! If you need some help figuring out just how to use the poker hand calculator, there's a simple guide and frequently asked questions below.
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How Do You Use the Which Poker Hand Wins Calculator?
- Pick the number of players in the hand. Players 1 and 2 are automatically included
- Click "Deal In" below the greyed-out cards to add more players.
- Select each player’s hole cards by clicking on the card icons below the table.
- When all players have hole cards, click on the card icons to create the board.
- Click the yellow “Which Hand Wins” button in the bottom-right corner.
- Click the black "reset" button on the left-hand side to clear all of the cards and start over.
After clicking the "Which Hand Wins" button, each player’s best five-card hand will appear in the right-hand column ranked from best to worst with the winner at the top. An explanation of what the best 5-card poker hand the player holds will show below the cards. The cards that make up the winner’s best poker hand are also highlighted in yellow on the table.
If two or more hands are “winners,” it’s a split pot and the chips should be split among the winners. Make sense? Great! Give it a go; let us know what you think. And if you're still unsure why his full house (666KK) beats your full house (AA333), drop a comment on our poker hand ranking page.
Texas Holdem Hands in Order
If you need a quick refresher as to the comparative strength of Texas Holdem hands, see the list below ranked from strongest to weakest:
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four-of-a-Kind (aka 'quads")
- Full House
- Three-of-a-Kind (aka a "set" or "trips")
- Two Pair
- One Pair
- High Card
For a full description of how each of these 5-card poker hands is made up, see our Poker Hand Rankings.
What is My Poker Hand?
To figure out your best 5-card poker hand in Texas Hold'em poker you have to remember a few things. Both when determining your final poker hand and the poker hand that wins the pot.
- Figuring Out Your Hand:
In Texas Hold'em your final best 5-card hand can use both your hole cards (the two cards dealt to you face down at the beginning of the hand), one of your hole cards or none of your hole cards to make up your final hand. That means your best 5-card hand at the end of the hand can be made up of all 5 cards on the shared community board and not use your hole cards at all.
- Both Have Two Pairs:
There is no such thing as "three pair." Your two highest pairs are your best two-pair along with the next highest "kicker" card from either the board or your hand. If two players each have two-pair hands, the player with the highest pair has the best hand, even if the other pair is lower than both of the other players two pairs.
- Splitting Pots and Same Hands:
If two players at showdown have the exact same hand, it's a split pot. And the money is distributed evenly. If two players each have a Full House, the player with the higher three of a kind wins the hand.
- The Best Poker Hands Ever:
The Royal Flush is the highest possible winning hand in Texas Holdem poker. A straight flush is the next highest followed by quads (four-of-a-kind), a Full House and so on.
Common Texas Holdem Winning Hands Scenarios, Explained!
We've all been there. We flip our cards over, call out 'two pair' thinking we have the best hand only to see the dealer push the pot to the other side of the table. What just happened? How did we miss the actual winning hand? And, now that we think about it, why did that other hand win anyway? Here are a few of the most common Holdem Hand mishaps explained.
Who Has the Highest Two Pair?
There's no doubt about it: "paint cards," also known as Jacks, Queens and Kings, look good in Texas Holdem. When you get them in your hand - especially a few of them at one time - it can feel like you must have the highest hand, right? This can be a particularly confusing situation when you have two pair. The key thing to remember in Texas Hold'em poker is the HIGHEST PAIR in your two pair is the deciding (and final) factor in who has the best two-pair hand.
That means any player with two Aces (AA) has the higher two pair - even if the other pair alongside is just a meager 22. So, yes:
Player 1's AA224 beats
Player 2's KKQQJ.
It doesn't look like it with all of that paint in there but there's no mistake. The Aces have it. If both players have the same highest pair, only then is the second pair used to decide who has the highest two pair.
Another common misconception? That if one of the pairs is in your hole cards (ie the two cards you were dealt), that makes your hand stronger.
Your best 5-card poker hand in Texas Hold'em is made up of ANY combination of your hole cards and the ones on the board so if they have an ace in their hand plus one on the board, it's still a pair of aces.
Who Has the Highest Full House?
A similar level of confusion can occur with a pair of dueling Full Houses. When comparing the rank of Full Houses, the bigger three-of-a-kind is always the bigger full house.
So Player 1's QQQ44 is higher than
Player 2's JJKK .
If the highest three-of-a-kind is on the board and shared by each player, the highest pair in either hand is the deciding factor.
Who Has the Highest Flush?
A lot of high cards in a Flush look great but when comparing flushes it doesn't matter. The player with the single highest card in any flush has the winning flush.
If anyone has the Ace, that's always considered the Nut flush. So A10832 always beats KQJ97. If neither player has the Ace of the flush suit, the King is next highest and so on. If the Ace is on the board, the player with the next highest card wins.
For more common Texas Hold'em Winning Hand scenarios explained, see our How to Determine the Winning Poker Hand article.
Which hand wins in poker?
The hand that is higher in the poker hand ranking
takes the pot:
Three of a Kind
Who wins in poker with the same hand?
With the exact same hand, the pot is split between the players. The only way this can shift is if one of the players also has a flush and in that case takes the whole pot.
Who wins in poker with two pairs?
If both players have pairs, the player with the highest pair takes the pot. Example: A pair of Aces will win over a pair of Kings.
Who wins in poker if both have 2 pair?
If both players hit two pair than the player who has the highest pair from their two pair hand will win. Example:
Player A: AAKK3
Player B: KKQQ3
In this case Player A will win.
Who wins in poker if no one has anything?
If no one has anything, the High Card will win - and hence the player who has it. Example if Player A has KQ on a A4527 board and Player B has J9. Then Player A has the high card - 'K'.
Which flush wins in poker?
The 'highest' flush wins. So the player that has the highest card for the flush will take the pot. Example, Player A has AQ of hearts with 235 of hearts on the board. And Player B has JT of hearts with also a flush on the board. But Player A wins because Ace high flush beats Jack high flush. In fact, Ace-high flush is the best flush you can have. Also called the 'nut flush'.
Who wins in poker with the same pair?
If both have the same pair, unless there's a flush that comes into play, the players will split the pot.
Which suit wins in poker?
No suit wins over another in poker. Suits only come into play when flushes are involved.
What wins what in poker?
The hand that is higher in the poker hand ranking
takes the pot:
Three of a Kind
Who wins in poker with two straights?
The player with the higher end of the straight will win here. So if Player A has A2 with 3456K on the board while Player B has 7J, then Player A has a 6-high straight, while Player B has a 7-high straight.
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