Statistically, the royal flush is one of the hardest hands to ever get in a poker game. For those who don’t know, a royal flush consists of an ace, a king, a queen, jack, and 10 with all the same suit.
In the game of poker, especially Texas hold ‘em, where you only have two cards and have to rely on the river cards to complete a five card hand, the royal flush is mind bogglingly hard to get. This is why it is the top ranked hand in poker.
Let’s check out several interesting royal flush facts that you never knew.
Statistics: How Often Can I Get Them?
As said, the royal flush is one of the hardest hands to get in poker. The amount of luck you’d need for all the right cards to land is monumental. How hard you ask? Well, let’s look at the facts.
Thanks to mathematicians and people from the internet, they have discovered that with the 52 card deck and a 5 card hand, there are a little over 2.5 million hands possible in a game of poker.
Since there are only four suits in a deck (heart, diamond, spade, clover), this means that there are only 4 chances to get a royal flush. Out of the millions of possible hands, this would mean that your chance of getting a royal flush is 0.00015%.
Thus, when it comes out, it is truly a blessing to see one in competition.
Royal Flush vs. Royal Flush
Alright, so we’ve established how the royal flush is the best hand combination in the game. We’ve also established that it is hard to get.
What if two players get the hand by some miraculous notion? Who wins in a royal flush versus royal flush situation?
Well in tournaments, if this ever happens, then the pot would split. Basically, it’s a tie! There are no suit considerations. The pot is split and both of you win.