How Many Five-Card Hands Are Possible in a Deck of Fifty-Two and What is a Dead Man’s Hand?

There are 2,598,960 five-card hand possibilities in a fifty-two card deck, which makes the odds of drawing a flush 500 to 1.

But in poker there is always fate.

Wild Bill Hickok looked like a winner until he was shot in the back while holding two pairs, aces and eights, which is still known as “the dead man’s hand.”

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