Poker Hand Rankings Straight Flush

Poker Hand Rankings: Straight Flush

The straight flush is one of the best five-card hands you can make in a game of poker. Only the royal flush outranks the straight flush in the poker hand rankings.

A royal flush is actually the best possible straight flush you can make, and is made from a ten-to-ace straight of all the same suit. All other straights that have all five cards of the same suit make a straight flush.

An example of a straight flush looks like this:

Poker Hand Rankings Straight Flush

Other straight flushes could be hands like 65432 and Q♠ J♠ T♠ 9♠ 8♠. In a showdown between two straight flushes, the hand with the strongest high card wins. For example, a ten-high straight flush beats a seven-high straight flush.

How Does a Straight Flush Rank?

The straight flush stands at No. 2 in the poker hand rankings and only loses to a royal flush. A straight flush beats four-of-a-kind, full houses, and all other hands below it in the hand rankings.

A straight flush is a very rare hand to see in any poker game that uses a standard 52-card deck. When drawing five random cards from the deck, your chances of making a straight flush are 0.00139%, or 72,192.3-to-1 against.

A 52-card deck yields nine distinct ways to draw a straight flush. Our examples of Q♠ J♠ T♠ 9♠ 8♠ and 65432represent two different distinct straight flushes, no matter what the suit. The nine distinct hands times the four suits give you 36 ways to draw a straight flush.

Texas Hold’em tasks the player with making the best possible five-card hand out of seven total cards. With all five community cards on the board, you have a 0.0279% chance of making a straight flush in Texas Hold’em (3,589.6-to-1).

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