Tips of the day

Tip 62

Written by Pai Yao

When playing poker, how often do you get pocket aces? With a random deal from an ordinary deck of cards, your chance of receiving one of the four aces as your first card is 4 in 52. After receiving that first ace, 51 cards remain in the deck. The chance of being dealt another ace as your second card is therefore 3 in 51. The chance of both of those things happening is 4/52 x 3/51 = 12/2,652. This represents odds of 220 to 1, or if you prefer you can think of it as a 0.45% chance of happening. So you receive pocket aces once in every 221 hands you play.