Texas Holdem Rules Summarized

One of the reasons that Texas Holdem is popular is that the rules of the game are simple:

1, Each player is dealt 2 cards (in the hole – other players do not know what you are holding)
2, 5 community cards (seen by all players) are shared between all players
3, You make the best 5-card hand out of the 7 cards available to you

Royal flush (AKQJ10 in same suit, e.g., A K Q J 10 ). This is also the highest straight flush.
Straight flush (straight in same suit, e.g., 7 6 5 4 3 ). If 2 players have straight flush, compare the highest card of the 5.
Four of a kind, e.g., 9 9 9 9 K
Flush – 5 cards of same suit, e.g, Q 9 8 5 2
Straight – connected numbers regardless of suits,
e.g., Q J 10 9 8
Three of a kind, e.g., 6 6 6 9 2
Two Pairs, e.g., J J 5 5 3
One Pair, e.g., 10 10 7 5 3

Other than the above winning hand sequence, you compare the the highest cards of opposing hands to determine the winner. For example, if no pairs, no straight or flush are made, the player holding the highest card wins. If the highest cards are the same, compare the 2nd highest card, and so forth.

An extreme example: community cards show 4 of a kind and a Jack. Player(s) holding an Ace will be the winner(s). If nobody holds an Ace, players holding a King are the winner(s). In this case, for example, a player holding K 2 will beat the payer holding Q Q , or J J , etc. This might become confusing if you are new to the game.