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Drawing ten cards from 52 cards

  1. Oct 2, 2011 #1


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    Hi there,
    I am thinking a question from a book about drawing ten cards from 52 cards. The first case is drawing ten cards, having 7 cards of a club, 1 card of a heart, 2 cards of a diamond. The order doesn't matter, so the total number of possibilities is

    C(13, 7)*C(13, 1)*C(13, 2) = 1740024

    In the second case, if I need to draw ten cards, having 8 cards of a club, 1 card of a heart, 1 card of a diamond, so the total number of possibilities is

    C(13, 8)*C(13, 1)*C(13, 1) = 217503

    but I was told that for the second case, the answer should be 117117. Do you know how they get the number 117117 or in what case will this number come up?
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  3. Oct 2, 2011 #2
    Your answer seems fine to me. One way of seeing where the answer may have come
    from is by factoring it:

    117117= , sometimes that helps reverse-engineer the answer.

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    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011
  4. Oct 3, 2011 #3


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    Thank you for your hint. I was told by someone that though C(13, 8)*C(13, 1)*C(13, 1) is a right number, but 117117 may be used by some card simulator. I am thinking the 13*13 is the way to deal one heart and one diamond, but for the first three number 7, 9 and 11, I still confuse how this three numbers associate to deal cards of club.
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