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Rank the following poker hands from best to worst. The game is being played with an ordinary 52-card deck, and there are no wild cards.
(For people with non-graphical browers: S=spades, H= hearts, D=diamonds, C=clubs, A=ace, K=king, Q=queen)
Source: A.J. Friedland, Puzzles in Math & Logic, Dover (1970).
Here is a summary of poker hand rankings from high to low. For an explanation of each, visit http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/org/gc00/reviews/pokerrules
Ties are broken by high cards. To answer all those questions: yes, the problem is more subtle than simply saying that the first hand beats all of the others.
- Straight Flush
- Four of a Kind
- Full House
- Three of a Kind
- Two Pair
- High Card
Playing card images taken (with permission) from oxymoron's Egyptian Ratscrew page.
See Jeff Erickson's solution.
© Copyright 1996 Stan Wagon. Reproduced with permission.