Straights in poker

Learning how to play poker is really important when it comes to winning games against the strongest opponents. Poker may seem like a simple card game, but we can assure you that it is more complex than it seems. It is a game of strategy in which there are many possible moves.

When we talk about a straight in poker, the meaning is the same as that of a straight flush. Different cards are put together to go up in order to obtain a strong and winning play in front of the others. That makes it one of the plays that all players look for to have many options to win the hand that is being disputed.

The importance of the straight flush in poker

As you may know if you have learned to play Texas Holdem poker, the straight can only be obtained when all five cards in play are used to make the play. If you don't use all five cards at the same time, it will be impossible to make a straight.

The straight is very easy to get, but it is much stronger than a pair or three of a kind, which are formed with two or three cards. That makes the person who has that play always beat the aforementioned.

For that reason, once the five cards are correctly joined, then we can form one of the different types of poker straights that exist. And so that you can get more data, we are going to show them to you below.

Different types of poker straights

When it comes to talking about poker straight flush, we can realize that there are three options. In order for you to know more about the different options, we are going to explain them in detail.


The move is also known in English as "Straight". This move is characterized by being one of the most common moves in Texas Holdem poker. Thanks to its shape, it is much easier to form.

This type of play can be achieved by joining five consecutive cards, with the advantage that it does not matter the suits with which the straight is formed. Normally, players define this move as a move of medium difficulty. That means that when you have this play it is not advisable to bet everything because there are probabilities of losing it. That is because you can form higher straights or one of the ones we will show you below. For that reason, you should always play this move with your head to avoid suffering big losses.

To give you an idea, the straight can be beaten by the royal flush, flush, poker, full house and flush. On the other hand, it is stronger than pair, three of a kind, double pair and high card. In a way, it is in the middle of the odds of winning the game.

Straight flush

This move is known in English as "Royal Flush". In this case the move is much more powerful than the previous one. To give you an idea, it is the second strongest poker hand. It is an unusual play, which is why it has so much value. It is only surpassed by the royal flush, which shows that the chances of winning the hand are really high.

Royal flush

In this case, the play is called Straight Flush. This type of straight flush in poker is the maximum play that can be obtained, that is, if you are lucky enough to have it, you can win without any problem.

To give you an idea, the probability of getting this play is 0.00323%. This low probability makes it the strongest play and consequently you can win the hand. Of course, you must always know how to play it to get good results.

How should I play a straight?

Getting a straight in poker is not easy. But if you are lucky enough to get it, you must know how to play it correctly in order to get the maximum possible benefit. Remember, you are playing against real sharks. If you don't play your cards right, the straight may not give you the results you are looking for.

To begin with, we need to be aware of the type of straight we have in our hands. As we have mentioned before, a straight is not the same as a royal flush. With these data, we recommend you not to go crazy and play the hand with head.

As experts always indicate, the play should always be made with a cool head and not be carried away by the heat. Always protect the play and do not speculate with giant flops.

If you have a single straight, you must remember that there are other plays that can beat you such as full house or flush. Many players take it for granted that they are going to win the game, when there is a chance that they will not. Also, you should always be careful if the straight is forming on the low side. Sometimes another player may be forming on the high side.

It is important to learn to calculate what are the options or probabilities of binding the cards that are on the poker table. Learning how to calculate the outs is essential to have more options to know if it is worth following the hand or quitting. To obtain this information, you only need to know the number of cards that allow us to form the straight and the probabilities. This way we can know if it is really easy to form the straight.

Beware of the AS in the poker straight flush

The AS cannot be used lightly when creating a straight. You can only use it if the hand is formed by 2-3-4-5 or if it is 10-J-Q-K. If you are not lucky enough to be forming such a straight, then you will not be able to use the AS.

To avoid mistakes that can cost you your hand, you must know that the AS can only be a card that starts or ends the straight.

With this information and remembering that the single straight is not always the one that wins a game, it will be much easier for you to choose the right playing strategy. 

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