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The problem is that a straight cannot be made with an Ace in the middle of the straight. Ace can be considered either the lowest card (forming a straight with A, 2, 3, 4, 5); or the highest card (forming a straight with 10, J, Q, K, A). It cannot be both low and high at the same time; so J, Q, K, A, 2 is not a straight. In the case of this hand, player 1's ...


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An explanation of how these numbers were derived is available in Johanson, Michael. (2013). Measuring the Size of Large No-Limit Poker Games. Essentially those are the number of card combinations from one player’s point of view in a heads-up limit Texas hold’em game after merging strategically identical combinations. How to count different card combinations ...


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You could always time the blind increases in such a way that when they get really high coincides with 10pm - you won't be guaranteed to finish at 10 on the dot, but you'd have a good chance of being pretty close to the end. It's important to strictly observe the increases though. I've played in (friendly) games where we'd sometimes forget to increase the ...


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@corsica has given an excellent answer, which is extremely thorough, but not the most . Here is a different way of conceptualizing the rules for people looking for a more rules-based understanding of how the hand ranking system works. Rules for poker hands There are 6 rules, applied in the order they are listed. While this list is specifically for Texas ...


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