# Poker Hand Rankings: Royal Flush

The royal flush represents the best possible five-card you can make according to standard poker hand rankings.

A royal flush consists of a ten-to-ace straight, and all five cards must be the same suit. There are only four ways to make a royal flush out of a 52-card poker deck.

Here’s an example of a royal flush:

Other examples of the royal flush include A♣ K♣ Q♣ J♣ T♣, AKQJT , and AKQJT. Only these four combinations make a royal flush, which combines the best possible straight and best possible flush in the same hand.

## How Does the Royal Flush Rank?

The royal flush tops the poker hand rankings chart, as it beats all other hands in a showdown. With only four total ways to make a royal flush, this hand represents the rarest possible made hand in poker.

If you draw five cards randomly from a 52-card deck, the probability of making a royal flush is 0.000154%. The odds against drawing a royal flush are 649,739-to-1.

Calculating the odds of making a hand in Texas Hold’em requires a bit of a different formula, as the object of the game is to make the best possible five-card hand out of seven cards.

The probability of making a royal flush in Texas Hold’em with all five community cards on the board is 0.0032%. This can also be expressed as 30,939-to-1 odds against.

## Examples

Check out some famous examples of the strongest hand in poker. The first happened in the PCA 2016 Poker Event:

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Here is another classic example of players making this hand:

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