I’ve got a couple of issues relating to card counts and rankings. Are there really only 52 cards in a standard deck? Sure, four each of Aces through Kings equal that number (13 X 4 = 52). Think about this: An Ace of any suit can be used to complete a low straight, A-2-3-4-5. An Ace of any suit can also complete Broadway, 10-J-Q-K-A. If the versatile Ace can be used high or low, isn’t that the same as being two separate cards? I suggest there are 56 cards in the deck (52 + 4 “extra” Aces).
I have a question regarding the value of a Flush vs. Straight. If you have four cards to a flush, there are 9 outs. If you have four cards to an open ended straight, there are only 8 outs. Then why is a flush ranked higher than a straight?
By Howard Hian