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Straight Flush Definition

A standard poker deck yields 156 distinct four-of-a-kind hands. Multiplied by four possible suits for the kicker (the 2♣ in this case), you have 624 total possible ways to make four-of-a-kind. If you and an opponent have the same five-card poker hand, then the pot is divided equally between you. In a famous poker strategy article, professional player Jonathan Little shared which hands to play in poker and how to play marginal hands. Use the table below to calculate the probabilities of all poker hands.

The top straight flush, 10 to ace, is called a royal flush and is the absolute pinnacle of poker. Five cards all of the same suit, but not in order, such as J-A of spades. There is no primacy of suits; if two or more players have flushes, the player with the highest card in their flush wins. If those cards match, then the next highest card determines the winner and so on.

The two cards to give you a straight flush are blockers against his high flush draw. For any particular suit where the straight flush is ace-high, the extra 2 cards may be chosen from the remaining 47 cards. If one player is dealt four-of-a-kind and another is dealt a straight flush, both players would usually be justified in making large bets and raises.

With all five community cards on the board, you have a 0.0279% chance of making a straight flush (3,589.6-to-1 odds against). Four-of-a-kind and straight flush hands are among the rarest of occurrences in poker. A straight flush is mathematically harder to make than four-of-a-kind, however, and that puts the straight flush ahead of four-of-a-kind in the hand rankings.

A Poker Player’s Sunglasses reflecting a winning poker hand of a royal flush.A Poker Player’s Sunglasses reflecting a winning poker hand of a royal flush. Note that the royal flush (A♣K♣Q♣J♣T♣) is the best possible straight flush but gets ranked in its own category as the strongest possible hand you can make in a game of poker. Besides the royal flush, all other hands lose to a straight flush. This hand consists of five consecutive cards, all of the same suit.

(“high card, king” or “king-jack-high” or “king-high”). Note that under ace-to-five low rules, straights, flushes and straight flushes are not possible, so such hands are instead high card hands. Holding all four cards of a given rank is four-of-a-kind. Quads are named for the card in question (e.g. “Quad 8’s”, or “Four 8’s”). Ties between fours-of-a-kind are broken by the rank of the quads (four 8’s beat four 6’s). Ties between quads of equal rank are broken by the single-card kicker that forms the fifth card of the hands (four 8’s with a King kicker beats four 8’s with a Jack kicker).

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