What Is A Straight Flush In Poker – Odds, Probabilities, and Rankings
A Straight Flush poker hand consists of five cards in order, all being of the same suit, so there are way more possible combinations compared to Royal Flush.
Ten times more, to be exact, since there are 40 possible Straight Flush hands combinations in Texas Holdem. Here are a couple of examples of possible Straight Flush hands:
- K♥ Q♥ J♥ T♥ 9♥
- 9♠ 8♠ 7♠ 6♠ 5♠
- 6♦ 5♦ 4♦ 3♦ 2♦
- A♣ 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ 5♣
The ranking of a Straight Flush is not determined by the suit of the hand but rather by the highest card in the combination.
If you have Ks Qs Js Ts 9s against 9c 8c 7c 6c 5c, you will win because the King is higher than the 9 of your opponent, so it can be compared to ranking a simple Straight to determine the winner.
Straight Flush Odds and Probabilities
While you will be able to make a Straight Flush more often than a Royal Flush, the odds of hitting a Straight Flush are still slim, with a 0.00139% chance of making it.
What beats a Straight Flush in poker?
Straight Flush can only be beaten by a Royal Flush or a higher Straight Flush hand combination. In the case of two players having a Straight Flush, the highest card in the combination is compared to determine the winner. For example, 9c 8c 7c 6c 5c will win against 6d 5d 4d 3d 2d.
What can a Straight Flush beat?
Straight flush beats Four of a Kind and every other poker hand that is listed below it in poker hand rankings, including:
So you can be fairly certain that you have the winning hand when you get a Straight Flush in a poker game.
Does a straight flush beat 4 of a Kind?
Yes, a Straight Flush is ranked one position higher than Four of a Kind, so it beat this hand.