What Are The Rules Of Flush in Poker?

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If you have just played a couple of games of poker and wish to improve your game by learning more about the different hands and how it is played, you might have come to the right place. A flush is one of the stronger hands in a Texas Hold’em game and mastering the art of playing this hand might be an excellent asset for you in your future games.

But before we delve into the value that you can exact out of a texas holdem flush high card, let us understand what are the different poker hands there are and some information regarding the ranking and the probability of landing that hand.

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Rankings and probability of poker hands

The rankings, frequency and probability of poker hands in a Texas Hold’em game has been provided for easy reference. Go through it carefully to get an idea of the different hands, the place in the ranking list and the odds of receiving that combination or set of cards –

Type of Hand

Description and flush rules

No. of Ways in which these hands can occur


Royal Flush

Consists of 10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit.



Straight Flush

A straight flush is five cards in sequential order belonging to the same suit. An example of a straight flush is 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, all diamonds.



Four of a Kind

Consists of four cards of the same denomination. For example, 4 kings and any other card.



Full House

Consists of three cards of one denomination and two cards of any another denomination. For example, holding three aces and two kings is a full house.




All the five cards are from the same suit (excluding the royal and straight flushes). For example, 2, 3, 6, 9, J (all clubs) is a flush.




The 5 cards are in sequential order, but need not belong to the same suit. For example, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (of any suit) is a straight.



Three of a Kind

Consists of three cards of the same denomination. For example, a hand with three aces, one jack and one queen.



Two Pairs

Consists of two sets/ pairs of cards. For example, 3, 3, Q, Q, 5.



One Pair

Consists of one set/ pair of cards. For example, 10, 10, 4, 6, K.




For example, 3, 6, 8, 9, K (at least two different suits).



What is a flush in poker?

A flush is a hand that contains five cards all of the same suit. For example, ten-high flush - a hand that has spade 10, spade 7, spade 6, spade 3, and spade 2 or a combination of the like. A flush hand ranks fifth and places just below a full house. It is a relatively strong hand to have in a Texas Hold’em game and an easy hand to recognize.

Flush rules:

The highest possible flush hand is an ace-high flush. For example, diamond ace, jack, ten, four and three.

The suit is of little importance and the rank of the highest card matters. In case more than one person has a texas holdem flush high card, then the person with the highest straight wins. So, for example, a Queen-high Flush in any suit would beat a Ten-high Flush in any suit, and so forth. Also, an A-J-10-5-3 flush would beat a A-J-8-5-3 flush. Notice that in the first hand the third card - 10 is higher than the 8 in the second hand, making the former rank higher.

So, what is the probability of getting a texas holdem flush high card in poker?

In a standard card deck of 52 cards, there are 5108 flush hand combinations that are possible and 1277 distinct ranks of flushes that can be seen. The probability of getting a flush hand is 0.001965.

The probability of getting a texas holdem flush high card in Texas Hold’em is as follows -

Pre-flop (based on 5 cards randomly drawn from a full 52-card deck) (excluding the royal and straight flushes)


Flop (when holding 2 suited cards)


Turn (from a flop with 2 suited cards)


River (on board with 2 suited cards)


Please note: these numbers will vary with each variant of the game and must be accounted for while approaching the specific variant of poker.

What does this mean for a poker player?

The strength of a flush typically depends on the poker variant in the question. It is a strong hand to hold in Hold’em but its strength diminishes in Omaha. But it is extremely rare that a player will flop the flush. However, these statistics are not the sole determinants of success in the game of poker – experience and intuition also play a huge role.

Some pointers/ thumb rules that one must keep in mind while playing a flush

  • Experts opine that when you are playing in position i.e. you have the position over the original raiser, you can afford to look at more flops and try hitting big with suited cards. Choose to play an aggressive game rather than a passive line as you have reduced all chances of winning big pots and you will hit a draw.
  • When one is playing a flush out of position, one must resort to imaginative lines to throw off one’s opponent and improve the chances of winning the pot.
  • Some experts also believe that placing a three bet can be very counterintuitive, and at best tricky, as there are high chances that one might be up against a solid made hand or a flush draw that’s bigger than yours, which will put you in jeopardy.
  • The player is to call or raise based on the flop texture.
  • It is best to go for value with made flushes.
  • A flush draw or four flush in poker is when you have four cards of the same suit and need only one more card to complete the draw and make five cards of the same suit. This could imply that you are currently holding two cards of the same suit and there are two on the board, or you hold one card of the suit and there are three more on the board. The strength of a flush and your assessment of your opponent’s strategy and by extension an apt response on your end will determine whether you will win or lose the pot.


Take time to analyse your play on a continual basis to devise a good strategy for your game. Invest time and energy into studying the different hands and the play they have to offer, and do not forget, practice makes one perfect!

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