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Poker Hand

The Puzzler


RAY: Well, 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.

TOM: Neither can you.

RAY: Yeah. So she wins. I think that's the only, I may be wrong, but I think that's...

TOM: Where did you get this Puzzler? Did you make it up?

RAY: I don't remember.

TOM: You don't remember, my foot! You stole it! You know you did! It's very good, though.

RAY: So, do we have a winner?

TOM: Yeah. The winner is Lee Arlger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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