Poker.org\u2019s continuing series on poker hand rankings describes each possible made hand on the poker hand rankings chart. The following article takes a look at the straight, including the math behind making a straight in a game of poker. Examples of straights include hands like A\u2665K\u2663Q\u2665J\u2660T\u2666 and 6\u26605\u26654\u26663\u26632\u2665. Introduction A straight consists of five sequential cards in the same hand. The suits don\u2019t matter when it comes to making a straight, and the highest card in the straight determines the strength of the hand. The ace can act as both the low end of an ace-to-five straight (5\u26654\u26663\u26632\u2665A\u2660) as well as the high end of a ten-to-ace straight (A\u2665K\u2663Q\u2665J\u2660T\u2666). Ace-to-five makes the lowest possible straight, while ten-to-ace is the highest possible straight. All other straights in between the low and high ends use the highest-ranking card to determine the hand\u2019s strength. A ten-high straight, for example (T\u26609\u26658\u26667\u26636\u2665), beats a seven-high straight (7\u26656\u26665\u26634\u26653\u2660). The straight hand explained Any five-card hand that includes five sequential cards qualifies as a straight. The suits of the cards don\u2019t matter, as any mix of suits can be used to make a straight. The highest card in the straight determines the hand\u2019s strength. If two straights go head-to-head, the hand with the highest-ranking top card wins. An ace can be used as the low card in a five-high straight (aka the wheel) or the high card in an ace-high straight (aka broadway). Wrap-around straights using the ace as a bridge don\u2019t qualify as a straight. For example, Q\u2665K\u2663A\u26602\u26663\u2665 is just an ace-high hand, not counting as a straight. How does a straight hand rank? A straight represents a strong hand, often good enough to win the pot in many poker games. The straight ranks as the sixth-best hand you can make according to the poker hand rankings. An ace-high straight (ten-to-ace) beats all other straights in a head-to-head battle. What beats a straight hand? A straight makes a strong holding, but it loses to the five hands above it on the Poker.org poker hand rankings chart. Royal flushes, straight flushes, four-of-a-kind, full houses, and flushes all beat straights. The strength of a straight doesn\u2019t matter when it goes up against one of these superior hands. What can a straight hand beat? A straight beats all made hands that sit below it in the poker hand rankings. Straights beat three-of-a-kind, two pair, one pair, and high-card hands. A straight loses to a flush, as well as all other hands above in on the poker hand rankings chart. Probability of a straight hand When drawing five cards randomly from a standard 52-card deck, you have a 0.3925% chance of making a straight. This probability equates to 253.8-to-1 odds against drawing a straight. The deck yields 10 distinct ways to draw a straight. The suits don\u2019t factor into that calculation, as for example 7\u26656\u26665\u26634\u26653\u2660 and 7\u26606\u26655\u26664\u26633\u2665 are both the same distinct straight. Factoring in different combinations of suits, you have 10,200 total ways to draw a straight from a 52-card deck. In Texas Hold\u2019em, you\u2019re tasked with making the strongest possible five-card hand out of seven total cards. If all five community cards are on the board, you have a 4.62% chance of making a straight (20.6-to-1 odds against) Examples of straight hands Hands like A\u2665K\u2663Q\u2665J\u2660T\u2666, Q\u2665J\u2666T\u26639\u26658\u2660, T\u26609\u26658\u26667\u26636\u2665, and 5\u26654\u26663\u26632\u2665A\u2660 all mark examples of a made straight. Note that the ace can act as the low card of a five-high straight or the high-card of an ace-high straight. In a battle between two straights, the hand with the strongest high card wins.