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Trouble with Wild-Card Poker

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: Poker originated in the Louisiana territory around the year 1800. Ever since, this addictive card game has occupied the time and teased the minds of generations of gamblers. It has also attracted the attention of mathematicians and statisticians. The standard game and its many variants involve a curious mixture of luck and skill. Given a deck of 52 cards, there are 2,598,960 ways to select a subset of five cards. So, the probability of getting any one hand is 1 in 2,598,960. One of the first things a novice player learns is the relative value of different sets of five cards...

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Articles
Math Topics: Probability, Statistics

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