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4 friends and the 61 billion-to-one hand

Tags: 1 on 61 billion, crush, Owen Williams, poker, wales.
Posted on 29 January 2010 by "K".

Owen Williams, Meirion Hopkins, Ieuan Griffiths and Mike Harwood are four card-playing friends from South Wales who meet up once in a while to play their favorite card game Crush. Since all of them have been playing for many, many years - they fought they had seen it all. But, when they met up a few weeks ago, they were about to experience something extremely unusual in the very first deal of the night.

After that all 52 cards had been dealt out, everyone started to sort their cards. Owen Williams was ready first, as he looked closer at his hand, he soon realized that he had a "straight" - A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K. This was of course something very unusual and he couldn't wait for the game to begin so that he could take home the pot and show his amazing hand to his friends.

However, to his big surprise, he was not the only one who had picked up a monster hand as all his friends (Meirion Hopkins, Ieuan Griffiths and Mike Harwood) had the same hand.

"I was just amazed when I sorted my cards and realized what I had. It was the first deal of the evening and I was the first one to finish sorting my cards. A run through takes the kitty - so I thought I'd won £1.65."

"If you wanted to get this outcome on purpose I would have thought that it would be impossible."; said Williams in an interview with an online magazine.

According to Maths lecturer Mr Lewis the probability of this occurring in a single deal is 0.000000000016339, or 1 in 61,204,166,001.

 


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20 comments for "4 friends and the 61 billion-to-one hand"

 mazas29/01/2010 12:18:15 GMT
just is this made for interesting and special cards was deal in that way Smile
all off them have the same its may happens 1 time in 1 mln deals Smile
so they maybe just want make some big show Smile and the did it because a lot off poker sites wrote about this magical pot and this amazing hand deals Smile

so good luck all
 jevo29/01/2010 13:58:58 GMT
Live is rigged too. Even when you got the nuts someone else has, ffs.
 pmgignac29/01/2010 15:57:57 GMT
did theu shuffled the cards...maby not and it was a new one ...lol
incredibable ...seen lots of strange stuff but never like this before
 Davoodoo29/01/2010 16:15:15 GMT
HAHA i tought the exact same thing that the card deck was new ... "And the most interesting part was that some players got two jokers and a quality guarantee card, chances for that is 1 to 2897298479814..."
 MANUEDO29/01/2010 20:38:08 GMT
I would be happy not to have bad beats with three of a kinds..... ahahah How many probabilities do I have ??? Smile
 ZmxPowah30/01/2010 01:13:15 GMT
I don't get it...
Maybe when my friends say i'm stupid that wasn't irony like they said... hmmm
 GabeKaplan30/01/2010 02:59:51 GMT
pmgignac wrote 1/29/2010 3:57:57 PM GMT
did theu shuffled the cards...maby not and it was a new one ...lol
incredibable ...seen lots of strange stuff but never like this before

You know they had to set the cards up lol
 LaBaiz30/01/2010 08:04:59 GMT
well, this seems to very unbelievable, maybe the hadn't mix the cards properly and so they all received the needed cards for the straight.
 xxxbchxxx31/01/2010 02:35:56 GMT
Yeah where's the proof...? cant see this being true? can you?
I think its rubbish to split the deck 4 ways? all have all the suited cards.....Naaa
 Btownd8731/01/2010 02:41:23 GMT
Well thats not the rarest. I read in Guinness World Records that 4 old ladies playing cards all got dealt A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K...ALL SUITED.
 GeneYuss31/01/2010 07:13:56 GMT
Posted by Btownd87:
Well thats not the rarest. I read in Guinness World Records that 4 old ladies playing cards all got dealt A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K...ALL SUITED.


They prob forgot to shuffle lol
 karstenkloss31/01/2010 20:02:32 GMT
Yeah, probably they were to drunk to shuffle. lol. But ok, things like that can happen, even when i never saw that.
 oliver08229831/01/2010 21:13:28 GMT
wow, just by looking at the probabilities its as if impossible... 4 guts with the same hand... its ecstatic...
 KG197531/01/2010 21:14:58 GMT
It's obvious they never shuffled, most likely a brand new deck, it being the first hand they just opened the pack I'd bet ... yet it makes the news, sheer stupidity.
 leroi2131/01/2010 21:17:04 GMT
wow the probs were very low but i think is possible for one reason 1 chance on like 1000000000000000000000000000000000 is not impossible that happen so that might happen some time in the world no?? that my theory
 sind01/02/2010 08:04:46 GMT
testt
 BhStaljin01/02/2010 13:13:51 GMT

hmmmm.....what are the odds of this to happen....

one in a billion....or they didnt shuffle the cards right

probably new cards and they didnt even shuffle it anyway.....

 jbristol01/02/2010 17:38:08 GMT
To everyone that thinks it was a new unshuffled pack.................Try dealing all the cards to 4 hands and see what you get...............
That said i would suspect that someone has rigged the deck as a joke.
 SuperNoob01/02/2010 18:39:05 GMT
lol every unique hand has the same probability of being dealt in a single deal.
so the whole fuss is uncalled for imo, its not tht he won a lot frm this hand
 Airas10/03/2010 12:25:03 GMT
He didn't win a thing. This is a some kind of scam.

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