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# In the highly unlikely event that four poker players each holds a royal flush of a different suit, is there any way to determine a winner?

Question #112103. Asked by Arpeggionist. (Jan 14 10 5:38 AM)

looney_tunes

No. In poker, all suits are equal, so all royal flushes are equal.

http://www.pagat.com/vying/pokerrank.html

Notwithstanding, in my family we used to use the suit rankings as in Bridge (Spades highest, then Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs) to decide between hands that were officially of equal value. Since we played for plastic chips that all went back in the game box after someone had managed to gather them all and end the game, it made things more satisfactory to have a clear winner on each hand.

 Jan 14 10, 5:46 AM
great2beme

The odds of getting a royal flush are 649,740:1 so the chances of 4 people have it would be 2,598,960:1.... if I did the calculations correct.

 Jan 14 10, 5:50 AM
star_gazer

Flush: Five cards of the same suit.

In the event of a tie: The player holding the highest ranked card wins. If necessary, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest, and fifth-highest cards can be used to break the tie. If all five cards are the same ranks, the pot is split. The suit itself is never used to break a tie in poker.

http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/games/rules/hand-rankings/

 Jan 14 10, 7:10 PM