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The Royal Flush

What is a Royal Flush in Poker?

A Royal Flush in poker is the best possible hand. A royal flush is an unbeatable hand on a poker table. It's like having the ultimate set of cards, and holding the top-ranking hand in the game of poker!


Getting a royal flush is super rare and is considered the dream hand for any poker player. The probability of a royal flush is said to be 1 in 6,49,740 hands. It is the pinnacle of poker hands and signifies the highest level of success in the game. When you have the most valuable cards in the same suit, you have a Royal Flush. i.e, A♠-K♠-Q♠-J♠-10♠.


Royal Flush - The Strongest Hand in Poker

In online poker games, a player’s aim is to have the best hand possible. The royal flush is the highest and most coveted hand in poker. It consists of five cards in consecutive order from 10 to Ace, all of the same suit. This means the cards are 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of the same suit. Technically, it is also known as the “Royal Straight Flush”.

Royal Flush Poker Hand Ranking

In most versions of poker, royal flush is top on the list of poker hand rankings. It is superior to all the other poker hands (Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, One Pair and High Card).


This is the strongest possible hand in poker and can never be beaten. Picture it like having a superhero hand — Ace to 10, all of same suit. It is the strongest “Straight Flush” and nothing can top it.

Royal Flush Possibilities/ Probabilities in Poker

Royal flush poker rules are pretty simple. To create a royal flush, a player needs the ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit. In a 52-card deck there are only 4 possible royal flush combinations and they are all ranked equally. The four royal flush combinations are:

  • A♠K♠Q♠J♠10♠
  • AKQJ10
  • A♣K♣Q♣J♣10♣
  • AKQJ10

Royal Flush Probability at Poker Table

As said earlier, the probability of getting a royal flush in poker is very low. A royal flush is so rare that it is only seen once in every 649,739 hands dealt! However, keep in mind that the probability of seeing a royal flush is independent of the previous hands dealt.


In Texas Hold ’em poker, the probabilities of making a Royal Flush are:


Round Definition Probability Description
Preflop No community card are revealed 0.000154% Randomly drawn from a 52-card deck
Flop First three community card are revealed 0.005% Holding two suited cards between 10 and Ace
Turn Fourth community card is revealed 4.256% Holding an open-ended royal flush on the flop
River Fifth community card is revealed 4.348% Holding an open-ended royal flush on the turn

In the Omaha Poker variant, a Royal Flush probability is slightly different:


Round Definition Probability Description
Preflop No community card are revealed 0.000154% Drawing random from a 52-card deck
Flop First three community card are revealed 0.0058% Holding TJxx with two suits
Turn Fourth community card is revealed 4.444% Holding an open-ended draw on the flop
River Fifth community card is revealed 4.545% Holding an open-ended draw on the turn

Royal Flush vs. Straight Flush - What’s the Difference?

Many people confuse the two hands: the royal flush and the straight flush. While they are both strong hands, there is a significant difference between the flush and a straight flush.

The royal flush is the highest hand possible and consists of the ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit.


The straight flush is any five cards of the same suit arranged in sequence. It does not have to include the ace, king, queen, jack and 10. So the royal flush is a specific type of straight flush, and not all straight flushes are royal flushes.

Royal Flush Rules and Strategy

Keep in mind that a royal flush is the only unbeatable hand in poker. Prefer taking big risks at royal poker tables when you have a super strong hand like a royal flush. Here are some useful poker strategies related to the royal flush poker hand.

  • Betting Strategy:

    When you have a royal flush, bet aggressively to build the pot. For instance, if your opponents are unlikely to bet big, you might want to check or call to encourage them to bet big.

  • Bluffing:

    Players with a royal flush should not get intimidated by other players’ bluffing. Players bluff at poker tables to make their opponents fold strong hands. Royal flush is the best possible hand in poker and there is no need to be scared.

  • Consider Your Position:

    Your position at the table can affect how you play your royal flush. If you're in an early position, you might want to bet aggressively to build the pot. If you're in a late position, you might want to do the opposite.

  • Read Your Opponents:

    Reading your opponents is an essential skill in online poker, particularly in high-stakes games. Watch for any signs of a possible royal flush in your opponent’s hand, such as a player betting aggressively. Also, be aware of your opponents' behavior and signs of bluffing.

Royal Flush Poker FAQ

Can a royal flush be beaten?

No, a royal flush cannot be beaten. It is the highest hand possible in poker.

Is it possible to have a royal flush on the flop?

The probability of getting a royal flush on the flop is only 0.005%.

What is a flush vs royal flush??

A flush is a hand where all five cards are of the same suit, but not in any order. On the other hand, a royal flush consists of 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of the same suit. While a flush is a strong hand, a royal flush is the highest possible hand. A royal flush is rare and unbeatable.

What is an example of a royal flush?

The 4 possible royal flush combinations are:

  • A♠K♠Q♠J♠10♠
  • A♣K♣Q♣J♣10♣
  • AKQJ10
  • AKQJ10
What are the conditions for a royal flush?

For a royal flush, all five cards must belong to the same suit (hearts, diamonds, clubs, or spades). The cards must form a specific order - 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace. It is the highest-ranking hand in poker, surpassing all other possible combinations.

What happens if two players have a royal flush?

In the extremely rare scenario of two or more players having a royal flush, the pot is split equally between them.

Is it possible to have a royal flush on the flop?

No, it is not possible to have a royal flush on the flop as only three cards are dealt initially.

How rare is a royal flush?

The probability of getting a royal flush in Texas hold 'em poker is once in every 649,739 hands dealt, making it a very rare hand.

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