The word straight should make you immediately think that it consists of five straight cards, and that makes it a very easy hand to identify, although if we take a look at the ranking of poker hands, it will be important to explain that there are special stairs that have a notably status top: the color staircase and the royal staircase.
The highest possible staircase is AKQJ-10 (also called “Broadway”). The straight combinations go up to A-2-3-4-5, which is known as the “Wheel” or “Bicycle”, in poker jargon.
Let’s see some examples of stairs that have a special name, being in both cases combinations of multicolored cards (that are not of the same suit)
a) The broadway ladder: from 10 to As (10-JQKA)
b) The wheel or bicycle ladder: from Ace to 5 (A-2-3-4-5)
It is important to present these two straight separately because you have to know that the stairs have a classification and do not usually tie. Only if the top card that creates the ladder is equal to that of our rival. Thus, to the question How is a straight hand classified? Well, we will say that in a deck of 52 cards, there are 10,200 possible combinations of straight hands and 10 different ranges of straight lines. Each Straight is ranked by its highest card, then by the rank of its second highest card and so on.
Here are some examples of straight or straight stairs from highest to lowest:
The best straight are determined by the highest card, not the suit. For example, a straight with a tall lady beats the Straight with a tall J regardless of their colors.
That said, speaking of poker plays , straight is the fifth best possible hand in the poker hand ranking system. The flush poker or color is located directly above it, the best color being the high ace. His fifth place still makes him a formidable hand to beat the river in Hold’em.
There are some hands that are classified below a straight. The hand that is located directly below a Straight is called Three-of-a-Kind or trio, and it has in the trio of aces its best representative, also known by its nicknames or nicknames of poker as a “the Travel Aces” .
The ladder and its odds
Although the topic corresponds to the mathematics in poker, in this article we will go a little deeper into the aspects of probabilities and statistics related to the ladder in poker .
That said, we will see below the probabilities prior to the flop, flop, turn and river of doing uns Straight in Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.