The Royal Flush is the Rarest Hand in Texas Hold'em

Q: What are the Odds of Hitting a Royal Flush in Texas Hold'em?

A: What are the odds of hitting a royal flush in Texas Hold'em?

The royal flush is the magical unicorn of the poker world - players can literally go an entire lifetime without ever being dealt a royal flush.

The question - just how rare is it for a player to hit a royal flush?

Just as a recap, a Royal Flush occurs when you have a five-card hand that includes the 10, J, Q, K and A of the same suit. For instance, if you are dealt 10d-Jd and the board reads Qd-Ad-7s-7h-Kd, you would have one of those rare royal flushes.

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A photo of a Diamond Royal Flush on a green velvet poker table.

So - what are the odds of hitting a royal flush?

In Texas Hold'em, there are a total of 2,598,960 different five card poker hands. This includes the four royal flushes (Diamonds, Spades, Clubs and Hearts).

So - the odds of hitting a royal flush would be 4/2,598,960, which would work out to 1/649,740.

So, you should hit a royal flush every 650,000 hands that you play or so.

It can be very hard to make money with a royal flush, as there is a good chance that your opponent has nothing.

Here is a rare occasion when a person has a Royal Flush and gets paid - this is still, in my opinion, the worst beat in the history of the World Series of Poker:

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