The Flush Five-Card Poker Hand

In poker, the only thing that any person can expect is not to know what to expect. Sounds pretty absurd huh? Well not actually. The outcome of any poker game is indeed very hard to determine. Sometimes, the players who have superior poker hands still manage to lose to the others who have inferior poker hands. This makes the game such an exciting one to play.

The excitement brought about by the uncertainty in every situation thrills everyone that plays the game. In poker, it is really hard to form a five-card combination. But once players form such combinations, it would definitely mean a major advantage for them. One of the higher ranking poker hands is the flush five-card combination. It just ranks below a full house, a four-of-a-kind, a straight flush and a royal flush.

A flush poker hand is basically made up of five differently valued cards all under a single suit. This card combination could either be an all clubs, an all spades, an all hearts or an all diamond cards. Therefore, players can have a flush if they have a 4, 6, 9, 10 and K combination which are all spades. This poker hand is basically determined by the suit so the value of the card really does not matter.

In case of two or more flushes emerging as the highest poker hands in any particular poker game, the winner will be determined like in the high-card situation. A flush with the highest-valued single card would end up winning the pot. Therefore, a flush with a 2, 4, 5, 7 and A of clubs combination would easily defeat a 9, J, Q, K, and 4 of hearts combination. It is because the first flush has a high-value card of A while the second flush only has a K high-value card.

In a flush, all the suits are of equal footing. They do not function as a determinant of the winner but are only used to form card combinations. They cannot overcome one another. The high-card of a flush poker hand plays a major role in an individual's chances of winning. Once the high-cards of two flushes are equal, players usually refer to their second highest cards to determine who really won the game.

Just like the straight poker hands, the name of each flush depends on its high-card. Therefore, a 3, 7, 9, K and 2 card combination would appropriately be called a king-high flush. A flush has a very high status in the poker hand rankings. It can easily beat the likes of a high-card, a one pair, a two pair, a three-of-a-kind, and a straight.