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The Almighty Ace

One card with so much power

by Matt Matros |  Published: Dec 10, 2010


Isn’t it strange that those making the rules of poker vested one card with so much power? They weren’t satisfied with simply making the ace the highest card in the deck; they also made it the only card that can take on two different ranks for the purposes of making a straight. Then, they went even further and also made the ace the lowest card in the deck — giving it such an absurd level of importance in high-low split games that it’s almost a requirement to have an ace in your starting hand. There’s an inordinate number of benefits to holding an ace in any form of poker, and in this column, I’d like to focus on one of the less obvious ones: When you’re holding an ace, there’s a good chance that your opponent is not. The value of holding an ace that blocks your opponent from having ...

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