PLAY POKER PROBABILITY
by Annette Busack

SUBJECT:
Algebra II

TOPIC:
Probability


Annette Busack
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TITLE: Play Poker Probability

SUBJECT: Algebra II

TOPIC: Probability

INTERACTIVITY: The student will pick a poker hand.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The hand the student picks will either have a four of a kind or a strait flush. It will have one of these directions on it:

  • Find the probability of getting any four of a kind when dealt a 5-card hand from a 52-card deck.
  • Find the probability of getting any straight flush when dealt a 5-card hand from a 52-card deck.
    • Hint: How many different straight flushes are there? Do not count a royal flush.
  • The bulletin board has direction sheets with these directions:
  • Pick your hand.
  • Solve the problem on your hand. You can use a calculator, get help from your math book, or the Internet. Helpful sites are:
  • You will receive 10 extra credit points if you find the probability and can show and explain how to calculate the problem. You need to return your hand to get full credit. This game is due by the end of the marking period.

TIME: The students will need about 30 minutes to do the problem.

SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION: The bulletin board is made of green felt and I used pre cut felt letters. The hands are made out of poster boards and cards. I laminated them with contact paper for durability. Hearts, spades, clubs, and diamonds are cut out of felt to decorate the board.

CREDIT: The students will earn 10 extra credit points for this problem.

Annette Busack
9/16/04