When you sit down to a game of Texas Hold 'Em, what are the odds you'll get a royal flush on the flop? Each hand in Hold 'Em is some combination of five cards from a deck of 52, which means there are 2,598,960 possible hands. A royal flush, on the contrary, is five specific cards: a ten, jack, queen, king, and ace, all of the same suit. Because the deck contains only one of these cards for each of the four suits, there are only four possible royal flushes that can be dealt. This brings the odds of getting a royal flush down to four in 2,598,960, or roughly one in 650,000. That's shockingly low compared to the odds of winning an Academy Award, otherwise known as an Oscar, which the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports as 1 in 11,500. The odds of getting a royal flush are just slightly lower than those of winning a gold medal in the Olympics at some point in your life: a mere 1 in 662,000. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
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Written by Curiosity Staff July 20, 2016
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