He’s Bluffing

Did you know that there are 2,598,960 possible 5-card poker hands when using 52 cards?

Believe it or not, I did. In fact, I’m pretty sure that number has been permanently burned into my long-term memory.

Not that I sit around all day figuring out and memorizing that kind of thing, mind you. It’s really just because playing cards are the basis of many math problems presented in the finite mathematics class I tutor. Many, many math problems feature a standard deck, in fact. To my great surprise, I found out last semester that many people don’t know the makeup of a deck of cards. So in preparation for the upcoming semester (starting next week) I bought a few decks for students to use as visual aids.

Naturally I thought it’d be fun to take a few photos beforehand, under the guise of readying for work, of course.

Royal Flush copyright Karissa Cole 2013

3 Hands by Karissa Cole 2013 copyright

Queen of Hearts by Karissa Cole 2013 copyright 2

Full House by Karissa Cole copyright 2013

I cannot for my life play poker. But I can calculate the odds of being dealt a royal flush in five cards. So I figure that’s something.

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