What is a Flush in Poker?

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A Flush is a poker hand made out of five cards, all of which have the same suit. They are one of the mid-range poker hands as far as strength goes, but can still win a nice pot.

What Does a Flush Look Like?

All five cards in a Flush poker hand have the same suit. A few examples would be:

  1. AIcon Suit Diamond, QIcon Suit Diamond, 10Icon Suit Diamond, 7Icon Suit Diamond, 4Icon Suit Diamond
  2. Jicon-suit-spade, 9icon-suit-spade, 8icon-suit-spade, 4icon-suit-spade, 3icon-suit-spade
  3. 10icon-suit-heart, 7icon-suit-heart, 4icon-suit-heart, 3icon-suit-heart, 2icon-suit-heart
  4. 8icon-suit-club, 7icon-suit-club, 5icon-suit-club, 4icon-suit-club, 3icon-suit-club

How Does a Flush Rank?

As far as poker hand values go, a Flush is in the middle of the list. It beats a fair amount of hands but loses to hands like Four of a Kind and a Full House.

What Beats a Flush?

RankHand NamesExampleHand Description
1Royal FlushRoyal Flush hand egHand Description 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all in the same suit.
2Straight Flushstraight flush hand egHand Description Five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
3Four of a Kindfour of a kind hand egHand Description The same card in each of the four suits.
4Full Housefull house hand egHand Description A pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
5Flushflush hand egHand Description Five cards, all in one suit, but not in numerical order.
6Straightstraight hand egHand Description Five cards in numerical order, but not of the same suit.
7Three of a Kindthree of a kind hand egHand Description Three of one card and two non-paired cards.
8Two Pairtwo pair hand egHand Description Two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.
9One Pairone pair hand egHand Description One pairing of the same card.
10High Cardhigh card hand egHand Description No matching cards.

The rank of a Flush is determined by the highest card in the hand, with an Ace-high Flush the strongest. As an example, Kicon-suit-heart, 8icon-suit-heart, 5icon-suit-heart, 3icon-suit-heart, 2icon-suit-heart (a King-high Flush) is better than Qicon-suit-heart, Jicon-suit-heart, 5icon-suit-heart, 3icon-suit-heart, 2icon-suit-heart (a Queen-high Flush). If two or more players have the same high card, the tie is broken by the second highest card rank, and so on.

How Should You Play a Flush in Hold’em?

In Hold’em it’s important to remember that a Flush is not possible without there being three community cards of the same suit available.

If the board shows two suited cards and you have two more for a Flush draw, you should only stay in the hand if you are offered the right odds to call any bets (see our Odds for Dummies page to learn more), and if you are confident that your Flush will be the strongest hand if it hits.

While it’s true that a Flush is not the strongest poker hand, it beats many other common hands, plus it has the advantage that most of the better hands you’ll be up against – such as a Full house or Four of a Kind – require a pair present on the board.

That means that most of the time if you hit a Flush, and the board is not paired, your only concerns will be losing to a higher Flush – or in certain specific scenarios, a Straight Flush. The nut flush on an unpaired board is therefore almost always something to be bet with confidence.

Of course, if the board pairs unexpectedly on the river you may find an opponent has hit a Full House, in which case it would be wise to slow down and proceed with caution.

Flush Probabilities

In Texas Hold’em, where players have a total of seven cards available for making the strongest hands of five cards, a Flush can occur pretty frequently. There are more than 5,000 ways to get a Flush from deck of 52 cards.

In this instance, we’ll look at the odds of being dealt a 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 make the hand (not including different suits)Number of ways to make the hand (including different suits)Odds of getting a FlushProbability of getting a Flush
1,2775,1081 / 508.80.1965%

The odds of being dealt a Flush on the flop is only the tip of the iceberg. For more on odds, including the probability of winning any given hand on the flop, turn, and/or river, have a play with our poker odds calculator.


What is a Flush in poker?

A Flush poker hand is the term used when all five cards in the same hand have an identical suit. If a player is holding 6 icon-suit-heart, 8 icon-suit-heart, K icon-suit-heart, 2 icon-suit-heart, J icon-suit-heart, that is called a King-high Flush. You can learn more about poker nicknames here.

What beats a Flush in Poker?

A Flush is beaten by the best poker hands in the game: Full House, Four of a Kind, Straight Flush and Royal Flush. It is also possible for a Flush to lose to another Flush hand. The ranking is based on the highest card (or cards) in the combination. Learn all of the poker hands here.

Does a Flush beat a Straight?

Yes. Any Flush beats any regular Straight.

What can a Flush beat?

There are plenty of poker card hands that rank under a Flush. The one just lower on the list is a Straight, followed by Three of a Kind, Two Pair, One Pair and a High Card.

Can you win with a Flush?

Having a made Flush gives you a very good chance at winning the hand, especially if there is no pair on the board. In Texas Hold’em, the community cards can also help opponents get a Flush, and with five suited board cards everyone can have a Flush. In this case, players holding higher suited cards would be able to make a higher Flush to win the pot.

Which Flush is the strongest?

Ace-high is the strongest Flush hand followed by King-high and then Queen-high, etc. If two or more players both possess a Flush with the same high card then the second highest card will determine the winner. If that is also identical it goes to the third, fourth or fifth highest cards.

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