by Thomas M. Green Fig. 32 Classical Poker Hands when dealt 5 cards from a deck of 52 cards. The smallest slice (less than 1%) represents the chances of getting one of a Royal Flush, a Straight Flush, a “4” of a Kind, a Full House, a Flush, or a Straight combined. Your chances of getting a Straight or better, when dealt 5 cards at random from a deck of 52 cards, is less than 1 in 100. Problem: ♦ What is the probability of being dealt a Pair or better when dealt 5 cards at random from a deck of 52 cards? ► Answer: ▪ The complement of “a Pair or better” is “Less Than a Pair”. Thus, P(a Pair or better) = 1 - P(Less Than a Pair) = 1 - 0.501177 = 0.498823 (approx.) |

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