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Royal Flush

For instance, K♣Q♣J♣T♣9♣ (a king-high straight flush) beats J♣T♣9♣8♣7 (a jack-high straight flush). In a battle of two or more straight flushes, the hand with the highest-ranking high card wins. For example, K♣Q♣J♣T♣9♣ (king-high straight flush) beats J♣T♣9♣8♣7♣ (jack-high straight flush). Spades aren’t better than hearts, clubs aren’t higher than diamonds, etc. If you have the same poker hand as your opponent but in different suits you simply split the pot.

If both players have the same pair, the highest non-matched cards (the “kicker’) are compared to determine the winner. If both players have the same high card, the next highest cards are compared. If both players have the exact same pair AND the exact same kicker cards, the pot is split. The only “made” poker hand that two-pair beats is one pair.

Meanwhile, if you have just one pair but your opponent keeps checking to give you a free play at the pot, you might well have the strongest hand and should bet your hand. In other words, when it comes to poker hands there’s a difference between absolute value and relative value. When it comes to full houses, the higher three of a kind determines which hand wins, so in this case “kings full” would beat “fives full.” Any hand that that has five cards of the same suit is a flush. If someone held a seven-high straight, then that player would win the hand.

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.

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.