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The Straight Five-Card Poker Hand

In poker, there are many ways on how players can win a game. That's why their skills really come out in different situations. Sometimes, a player can win a game despite having inferior poker hands. This is where strategy and poise take over. Meanwhile, a player's lack of skill and strategy thereof could lead to a defeat despite having superior hands. In the end, the balance of strategic execution and a pretty decent poker hand can lead anyone to victory.

Any poker player would definitely like to have any five-card combinations at hand. These include a straight, a flush, a full house, a four-of-a-kind, a straight flush, and a royal flush. Anyone of these poker hands would surely be gold for any player. This would give players a major edge in closing out the pot.

A straight five-card poker hand can defeat anyone who does not form any five-card combination. This means that a straight can easily beat anyone that has a high-card, a one pair, a two pair and a three-of-a-kind combination. Meanwhile, a straight cannot win over all the other five-card combinations mentioned above. In the hierarchy created by the poker hand rankings, a flush is the most basic five-card combination. Once a player gets a set of cards that can be arranged in successive order, no matter what suit the different cards are, would end up with a straight.

A simple complication arises in the use of an ace in a straight. This particular card can either be used as a low-value card and a high-value card. It means that an ace can be used in poker hands like A, 2, 3, 4 and 5 as a low-value card, and can also be used in poker hands like 10, J, Q, K and A as a high-value card. However, the ace cannot be used to connect lower and higher cards to form a straight. Therefore, the use of an ace in a Q, J, K, A and 2 card combination is not allowed.

In other card games, when opposing players get the same straight five-card combination, they usually refer to the suit of the highest card in the sequence as the determining factor of who wins the game. Meanwhile, if opposing players get the same straight five-card combination in poker, the suits do not matter anymore. They will eventually end up in a tie and should divide the amount in the pot in two.

In naming a straight five-card combination, players would usually name the poker hand after the card with the highest value in the sequence. The 7, 8, 9, 10 and J poker hand would appropriately be referred to as a jack-high straight. A straight is indeed a pretty decent poker hand to have. Players would definitely love to have such poker hand because it puts them in a safer situation in any game.

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