What is a Straight Flush?

A straight flush in poker is a hand containing 5 cards of the same suit that run consecutively, for example 7, 8, 9, 10 and jack of hearts. The hand is a great hand to have and very high ranking and the Ace can be used as either a high card or a low card. Should the Ace be the high card, for example, 10, jack, queen, king and Ace of clubs then that would be considered a royal flush and is the highest hand possible. A straight flush with the Ace as the low card, for example, Ace, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of spades is also known as a ‘steel wheel’. Making a straight flush in Texas Holdem will usually mean you’ll take the pot however, you’ll need to play it correctly to maximize the hand and take as many chips from your opponents as possible.

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