Poker Beginners Guide: Best Hand (1)

In Holdem each player must make the best possible five-card hand from seven cards. The first two of these cards are hidden hole cards, which may be used by you and you alone. The other five cards will appear on the board. These are community cards for the use of every player in the hand. You may use either one, both or none of your two hole cards to form your best five cards.

Lets see how your two hole cards work with the board to make a five-card hand.

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Here you have no pair, Ace-high. Your best five-card hand is A-K-Q-J-9.


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This time you have a pair of Sixes, Ace kicker. You can use the two Sixes on the board to make a final hand of 6-6-A-K-Q.