Please explain ace to nine straight in Texas Hold'Em. J,A,6,8,9 is at showdown. Winning hand has 7,A.

Is the hand won by ace to nine straight?


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I was playing Short Deck Hold’em not realizing the difference. The ace an be used on the low end of 6,7,8,9 to make a straight. Ace is counted as 5.

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    Correct you are sir! Also thank you for opening as a separate question. +1 on both :)
    – Grinch91
    Sep 28, 2020 at 15:31

There is no Ace to 9 straight in Texas Hold'Em, since you only need 5 cards of sequential rank, so it is either 9,T,J,Q,K or T,J,Q,K,A, in which case the latter is counted as the higher one.

Having 7,A with a J,A,6,8,9 board gives you no straight, since a T or a Q,K is missing for that. You have only a pair of Aces, unless you have a flush of course (5 cards of the same suit, where both the A and the 7 can count as the highest-ranking card depending on the opponent hands).

Edit: As was pointed out, I did not realize the OP could have meant 6+ holdem as well. This case my answer is not valid naturally.

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    The straight (A,6,7,8,9) is valid if you are playing short-deck holdem, where the cards 2-5 are removed from the deck. The OP did not realize they were playing short deck during the hand.
    – Clarko
    Sep 28, 2020 at 17:09
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    I see, I did not realize it as well ;)
    – MattSom
    Sep 29, 2020 at 21:24

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