I was under the impression that, in Texas Holdem, "Aces are always high". However, I have been playing online and I noticed that aces are used in a low straight (A, 2, 3, 4, 5). Was I mistaken that "Aces are always high", or is the online app that I have been using in error by using aces as low card in a straight?

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    – StuartLC
    May 2, 2016 at 14:56
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    Do not understand ace to nine straight? Please explain.
    – C. Fetner
    Sep 27, 2020 at 19:21
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    @C.Fetner it sounds like you're playing shortdeck poker.
    – Grinch91
    Sep 28, 2020 at 10:16

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Aces may indeed be used as low in a straight in holdem. A2345 is the lowest possible straight, also sometimes called a "wheel." In any other context, aces will be ranked higher than other cards.

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    Note that 23456 is a better straight than A2345 whose value compared to other straights is ranked by the 5 and not the A.
    – Paul
    Nov 18, 2014 at 22:18
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    @Paulpro Hence my wording describing A2345 as the "lowest possible straight." Nov 19, 2014 at 0:03
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    @ChrisFarmer Yea, your answer is good. The note wasn't intended for you. I was just providing additional clarification, for the OP or any other reader, by giving an example comparing it to the next lowest straight.
    – Paul
    Nov 19, 2014 at 0:31
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    I once played pai-gow poker, A pit game where your playing against the house, I had a king high straight, the dealer had a wheel, they said the wheel won because it was ace high. I just left and never played the game again. In home games and casino table games you may want clarify.
    – Jon
    Nov 21, 2014 at 6:43
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    For Pai Gow Poker as played in Nevada, the casino was correct: wheel beats a K-high straight, but loses to Broadway. California casinos play the wheel low, as in normal poker. Nov 24, 2014 at 17:26

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