sequenced cards, not of the same suit, make a straight.
If there's more than one straight, the high cards
in each sequence determine the winning hand. A nine-high
straight beats a six-high straight.
When comparing two sequences, the one with the higher
ranking top card is better. Ace can count high or
low in a straight, but not both at once, so A-K-Q-J-10
and 5-4-3-2-A are valid straights, but 2-A-K-Q-J is
not. 5-4-3-2-A is the lowest kind of straight, the
top card being the five.
happens to certain hold'em players once they start
to get good. Having learned how to read their foes,
and how to turn those reads into profitable plays,
they forget (for a while at least) the foundation
upon which their successful hold'em game is built.
They forget (for a while at least) Mike Caro's immortal
observation that "hold'em is a game of high cards."
They forget (for a while at least) that most of their
muscular moves require at least a little bit of actual
factual muscle. Awed by the strength of their image,
their reads, and their handsome, chiseled features,
they get reckless and careless and sloppy, and their
bottom line suffers accordingly.
Case in point: A fairly good hold'em player has just
graduated to the middle limits. Much to his surprise,
he finds that the quality of play there is not much
higher than what he left behind at the so-called "upper
low limits" ($5-$10, $6-$12, $9-$18). More to
the point, he discovers that he can move players off
their hands with turn bets or raises. He comes to
believe that he can "outplay them on later streets."
What he doesn't realize is that he tightened up when
he moved up, so that he was generally making those
turn bets or raises with superior hands-and his foes
accurately read him for the hands he had. He didn't
outplay them so much as outgun them. Nevertheless,
he comes to see himself as a master of post-flop play.
His own high opinion of himself carries him away completely.
Now instead of raising preflop with quality big cards
and big pairs, he's banging away with hands like T-9
suited, rationalizing his rash action with the soothing
belief that he'll beat 'em on the flop or the turn
or the river.