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Combinatorics problem: poker hand

  1. Sep 19, 2012 #1
    How many straight poker hands are there (not straight flush) from a deck of 51 cards with the queen of spades missing? A is high or low.

    I know the answer is 9435, but I want to know why. I'm not sure how to approach this problem.

    Any help?
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2012 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    It is probably easiest to start with a full deck of 52 cards, then remove all the straights containing the queen of spades.

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    Last edited: Sep 20, 2012
  4. Sep 20, 2012 #3

    phinds

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    I agree w/ Ray's suggestion. Do you know how to do that?
     
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