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What is a Royal Flush in Poker?

Royal Flush
Royal Flush

A Royal Flush is apoker handmade out of 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, all of the same suit. It is the best out of all the poker hands that can be created in a standard game of poker and it is also the rarest one.

What does a Royal Flush look like?

There are four possible combinations for a Royal Flush when playing poker. These look like this:

  1. A♠, K♠, Q♠, J♠, 10♠
  2. A♥, K♥, Q♥, J♥, 10♥
  3. A♣, K♣, Q♣, J♣, 10♣
  4. A♦, K♦, Q♦, J♦, 10♦

How does a Royal Flush rank?

The Royal Flush is the strongest of all poker hands. It wins over all other combinations and guarantees success when going to a showdown. It is also known as the "absolute nuts" since it cannot be beaten. Learn more about poker nicknames here.

What Beats Royal Flush?
Rank
Hand Name
Example
Hand Description
1
10
suit-hearts
J
suit-hearts
Q
suit-hearts
K
suit-hearts
A
suit-hearts
10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all in the same suit.
2
4
suit-clubs
5
suit-clubs
6
suit-clubs
7
suit-clubs
8
suit-clubs
Five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
3
10
suit-hearts
7
suit-diamonds
7
suit-clubs
7
suit-hearts
7
suit-spades
The same card in each of the four suits.
4
K
suit-diamonds
K
suit-hearts
K
suit-clubs
J
suit-hearts
J
suit-diamonds
A pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
5
6
suit-hearts
8
suit-hearts
Q
suit-hearts
3
suit-hearts
10
suit-hearts
Five cards, all in one suit, but not in numerical order.
6
10
suit-diamonds
9
suit-spades
8
suit-hearts
7
suit-spades
6
suit-spades
Five cards in numerical order, but not of the same suit.
7
2
suit-clubs
J
suit-hearts
K
suit-clubs
K
suit-hearts
K
suit-diamonds
Three of one card and two non-paired cards.
8
Q
suit-diamonds
4
suit-hearts
4
suit-diamonds
A
suit-spades
A
suit-diamonds
Two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.
9
7
suit-clubs
8
suit-clubs
Q
suit-hearts
5
suit-clubs
5
suit-spades
One pairing of the same card.
10
2
suit-hearts
3
suit-clubs
7
suit-diamonds
Q
suit-diamonds
K
suit-hearts
No matching cards.

In poker variants without community cards, it is possible for more than one player to get Royal Flush hands. In this case, the ranking is based on the suit, in alphabetical order. Clubs is the lowest, followed by diamonds, hearts, and then spades. As a result, a Royal Flush of spades is the highest hand in poker.

How should you play a Royal Flush in Texas Hold’em?

Hitting a Royal Flush is the dream hand of any poker player. If you manage to land one, then you know for certain that nobody has a superior hand to yours. The trick to playing a Royal Flush is managing to lure other players in to increase the pot. This will allow you to maximize your winnings from that hand.

You’ll need to be careful though, raise the bet too high and you’ll arouse suspicion, which could risk players folding before you can get more chips out of them or take them to a showdown.

Royal Flush Probabilities

Given the fact that Texas Hold'em is the most popular variant, we will focus on the probabilities of getting a Royal Flush when playing this type of poker game.

In this instance, we will focus on the odds of being dealt the Royal Flush on the flop. Meaning a player will have five cards – consisting of their two hole cards and the three flop cards.

Number of ways to draw the hand (not including different suits) Number of ways to draw the hand (including different suits) Odds of getting a Royal Flush Probability of getting a Royal Flush
1 4 1 / 649,739 0.000154%

The odds of being dealt the Royal Flush on the flop is only the tip of the iceberg. To view a wider range of odds and probabilities of being dealt different hands then check out our very own poker odds calculator.

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FAQS

What is a Royal Flush in poker?

A Royal Flush is the highest hand in poker. It is made out of five cards that have the same suit and are in a consecutive order going up to Ace. In other words, it is an Ace-high straight flush.

What beats a Royal Flush?

The short answer is nothing. A Royal Flush in Texas Hold'em is guaranteed to win.

What can a Royal Flush beat?

A Royal Flush poker hand will beat all other hands.

Can you win with a Royal Flush?

Yes, if you make a Royal Flush, you will win the round, no matter what poker card hands the opponents are holding.

Which Royal Flush is the strongest?

The only Royal Flush hand you can be dealt is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 suited.