In the context of poker, a royal flush is the strongest possible hand (see poker hand rankings). To assemble a royal flush, a player must get a straight flush (five cards in a row of the same suit) of an ace, king, queen, jack, and 10. The true odds of getting a royal flush are 649,739:1 or 0.00015%. The odds are so low that most table poker players will never experience a royal flush in their lifetimes.
Top 5 Strongest Hands in Poker
The royal flush is ranked at the very top of the top five strongest hands in poker:
- Royal Flush (0.000154% probability)
- Straight Flush (0.00139% probability)
- Four of a Kind (0.0240% probability)
- Full House (0.1441% probability)
- Flush (0.1965% probability)
Royal Flush Payouts (Video Poker)
A royal flush is the strongest combination in video poker, which is why it also has the biggest payouts on the payout table. In Jacks or Better and Joker Poker, a royal flush pays 800:1. In Double Pay Poker, a natural royal flush pays 12,000:1 and a wild royal flush pays 100:1.
- The strongest hand in poker (A, K, Q, J, 10 of the same suit)