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The Poker Hand

The Puzzler


RAY: Here’s the answer. I think the only hand that guarantees her a winner --


TOM: Is to pick four tens.


RAY: Four tens.


TOM: Huh?


RAY: If she picks four tens, no matter what I pick, she will always wind up with a better hand, because she can get a ten-high straight flush, and the best I can do is a nine-high straight flush - a straight flush beating four of a kind. So, if she picks four tens and I pick four aces, four aces loses to ten, nine, eight, seven, six of, say, hearts, for example.


TOM: Yeah. And it's not possible for you, knowing that that's what she's going to do.


RAY: Well, she does it first.


TOM: ...to prevent her from getting, so she picks the four tens, and you see her do that, right?


RAY: Right.


TOM: Why don't you pick...


RAY: So, I can go ahead and pick the nine of clubs, the eight of spades, in which case, if I do that...


TOM: If you do that, then she cannot get a ten-high flush, straight flush.


RAY: Yeah, but neither can you. So she wins. I think that's the only, I may be wrong, but I think that's it. So, do we have a winner?


TOM: Yeah. The winner is Chuck Dean from Chicago, IL. Congratulations, Chuck!


 

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