What is ‘Nut Flush Draw’?
In poker, a player might refer to a ‘nut flush draw’. This means that they need one card from the draw or river to complete a ‘nut flush’ in their hand. The ‘nut flush’ is the best possible flush in that game, compared to the other players. A nut flush is certain to win and might refer to a royal flush or just the flush with the highest cards.
‘Nut Flush Draw’ Explained
In poker, players compete to make a better hand of five cards than their opponents. Card hands are ranked according to rarity and difficulty. The best hand in the game is usually the ‘royal flush‘ – a run of consecutive cards valued 10-J-Q-K-A, all of which share the same suit. Simply holding the straight (consecutive cards) or a flush (matching suits) is also a desirable position to be in, as these are strong hands to play with. If a poker player says that they are waiting for the ‘nut flush draw’ or that they made a nut flush draw, they mean that one card could or did complete their flush hand.
In community games like Hold’Em and at certain points in stud poker, some of the cards at the table are shared by all players. In this kind of game, it is possible for a player to work out from the available cards what the chances of another player beating their hand would be. This means a player will know if they are going for the nut flush draw or not. In other games, players keep the value of their cards hidden, so a player would only be aware of making or needing the ‘flush draw‘, and would learn after all the cards were revealed that theirs was the ‘nut flush’ of the game.