What Is A Straight In Poker?

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Last Updated: December 19, 2023

What Is A Straight In Poker

A straight is a poker hand combination that consists of five sequential cards, with at least one of the cards being of a different suit than the others.

The straight is the 6th strongest poker hand combination and ranks higher than three of a kind but lower than a flush.

Each straight combination is named and ranked based on the rank of the highest cards in the combination.

This means that the ace-high straight (A K Q J T), also known as the Broadway straight is the strongest straight combination in poker. On the other hand, the wheel, which consists of A 2 3 4 5, is the weakest straight combination.

There are hand combinations in poker that are technically straight:

  • The straight (the combination we are talking about in this article)
  • The straight flush (five sequential cards in the same suit)
  • The Royal Flush (a T to A straight in the same suit)

The straight flush and the Royal Flush outrank the straight, with the Royal Flush being the strongest hand combination in poker.

Poker Straight Example:

Tc 9s 8s 7d 6s – a ten high straight

Ad 2d 3h 4h 5s – a five high straight (also known as the wheel)

Kh Qh Jh Th 9h – a king high straight flush

Ac Kc Qc Jc Tc – a Royal Flush

Straight vs. Straight

Tc 9s 8s 7d 6s (ten high straight)  vs. 6d 5d 4d 3c 2c (six high straight)

In this example, the ten high straight outranks the six high straight because the highest ranking card in the ten high straight combination (T) outranks the highest ranking card in the six high straight combination (6).

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