Playing Hold'em poker and had a 10-J in hand, 9-Q-A on the table. Opponent held A-4 and won with a pair of A's. I thought I would win with the straight. Not so?

  • In all forms of poker I know - you need 5 cards for a straight and it looks like you're playing hold em so...no dice.
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    Nov 7, 2013 at 15:39
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I don't know what a wheel of straight means, but not having a full straight of 5 cards in a row even 4 cards is worth nothing besides high Card. Your value was High Card A (which is on board already)

A straight means 5 Cards in a row, so you missed a 8 or a K.

He wins with pair of AA , that's correct.

A wheel or is the name for the low straight ( A-2-3-4-5 )

A steel wheel is the name for the lowest straight flush (A-2-3-4-5)

  • A wheel is a 5 high straight. A steel wheel is a 5 high straight flush.
    – Paul
    Nov 8, 2013 at 8:04
  • thank you, I missunderstood that before. now its updated. Nov 8, 2013 at 9:41

You didn't have a straight at all. You need 5 cards in a row for a straight and you had 9,10,J,Q. Without an 8 or a K to finish it you had nothing of worth.


It is clear that your opponent has A,A,Q,9,4 But you only have A,Q,J,10,9

You missed the straight by one card. If you got K instead of 9, it will be a straight and you might won

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