What is ‘All Green’?
‘All green’ is a rather confusing saying as it refers to having a flush in poker. The confusion arises from the fact that it is used to refer to a flush consisting of one of the black suits. This is sometimes referred to as ‘all black’, whereas a flush made up of the red suits is called ‘all red’ or ‘all pink’. All green is a rarely used term and is almost never heard at poker tables; players are far more likely to hear it whilst playing a home game as, in a casino, ‘green’ is usually used to refer to the colour of the table. For example, if a player is said to be ‘down to the green’, it means all they have in front of them is the table felt, indicating that they have gone all in and no longer have any chips.
‘All Green’ Explained
If a player is lucky enough to hit a flush in poker, it means that only one of four hands can possibly beat them. Since the odds of another player at the table hitting a royal flush are over 600,000/1, a player with an all green hand can pretty much discount that possibility. That means only a straight flush, four of a kind or a full house would beat their hand. All of these hands are relatively rare in poker, with odds ranging from almost 700/1 for a full house to over 72,000/1 for a straight flush. So effectively in most cases, an all green hand will turn out to be a winning one.
The odds of a player hitting an all green hand are over 500/1, so players will know that they’ll have to bet wisely in order to get the most out of the table. Depending on the style of the player, some will adopt an aggressive approach hoping to get one of their fellow players to bet big or go all in. Others will be more conservative with their chips with the aim of continually racking up small to medium bets from their opponents in order to increase the size of the pot.