Why are there 169 starting hands in Hold 'em?
August 22, 2010 5:35 PM Subscribe
Can someone explain to me why there are 169 starting hands in poker?
posted by tomtheblackbear to Grab Bag (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I understand that there are (52x51)/2 possible starting hands. Out of those 1326, there are (3x4)/2 x 13 pairs. Where I am confused is on the issue of probability relating to the 169 possible starting hands. I understand that the suits don't have relative value, but I still can't figure out how to get to 169. I know that of those 169 hands, 13 are pairs, but I'm confused on what 13/169 means if the probability of drawing a pair is actually 78/1326. Where am I going wrong?