Explanation of Nut Flush

Flushes are ranked according to their highest card, then their second highest card and so on. The term nut flush implies we have made the best possible flush. 

Although this will be the Ace-high flush it’s useful to remember that the Ace-high flush is not always the absolute nuts in community card games such as Hold’em and Omaha. If the board is paired it means that stronger hands are possible such as full houses. Even in such circumstances, players may continue to refer to the Ace-high flush as the nut flush despite the fact that it is not technically the stone cold nuts.

In games without community cards such as Stud and Five Card Draw, the term “nut flush” loses some of its meaning. This is because no flush can ever be the nuts; it’s always possible that one of our opponents has made an even stronger hand. Even still, players again may continue to refer to the Ace-high flush as the nut flush. The term should be taken to mean, the strongest possible flush, rather than “the stone cold nuts”.

Example of Nut Flush used in a sentence -> We called villain’s turn raise and made the nut flush on the river.

How to Use Nut Flush as Part of Your Poker Strategy

The Ace-high flush is a strong holding in all poker variants. This is not to say that all Ace-high flushes are equal.

- Ace-high flushes are the best when they are also the stone cold nuts.

- Ace-high flushes are weaker in community card games if the board is paired.

- Ace-high flushes are weaker in variants were flushes are more commonplace (such as Omaha).

- Ace-high flushes are weaker in stud games when our opponents’ boards are highly co-ordinated.

- They are more likely to get paid off in Hold’em when they are formulated using two of our hole-cards rather than just one (better implied odds).

Of course, in situations where our nut flush really is the stone cold nuts (such as in a community card game), we should do everything in our power to get all the stacks in postflop. 

See Also 

Flush, Nut flush Draw, Hand Rankings, Stud, Omaha

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