What is ‘Quint’?
In poker and other such card games, a quint is another name given to a straight flush. A straight flush is a collection of cards that consists of five cards that belong to the same suit and are consecutive in rank. An example of a quint, is 7-8-9-10-J♠.
A quint is term used to refer to a straight flush, a hand that contains five cards, in sequential order and all suited. The quint is a strong hand to be dealt. It is stronger than holding four of a kind in your hand, but it is weaker than five of a kind (achievable using wild cards).
Being dealt a suited one-gap or suited connector starting hand, which means that a player’s first two cards are either one or two ranks apart and belonging to the same suit, means that the player has a strong potential to develop their hand into a quint.
While any ‘Quint’ is a great hand for the player, the best possible quint is called a royal flush. This hand consists of an ace, a King, a Queen, a Jack, and a ten, all belonging to the same suit. This hand is unbeatable, which is the reason for its description as ‘royal’.
Below the quint and four of a kind, the next hands in terms of value are: the full house (which contains a three of a kind and a two of a kind), the flush (comprising any five cards of the same suit), and the straight (five cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit). These are the strongest hands.
The weakest hands, ranking far below a quint, are the three of a kind, the two pair (two sets of two of a kind), one pair (one two of a kind) and high card (which is the name given to a hand that does not count as any of the previous hands).