Poker is a game of chance. However, when you introduce the concept of betting, poker gains quite a bit of skill and psychology. Basically, poker is played with 52 cards, the players need to rank these cards on the basis of high to low. The highest card is ace, king, queen, jack and the lowest card is 2, aces can be high or low depending upon the hand. The winning strategy is very simple, the highest hand wins. Aces and spaces are the term in poker which symbolizes the specific hand of the player where the player lands up with two aces and other 4 hands are low value and so the aces are wasted.
Aces and spaces in poker is considered to be the derogatory term which is often used in seven card stud. Aces and spaces is the most disappointing part in the game because after getting aces one will be so excited but then the other combination, for example, 8,4,2 will ruin all the disappointment of the player because the pair of aces makes up the Aces whereas the 8,4,2 do not pair, flush or straight rendering them redundant spaces that’s why it is aces and spaces.
How does aces and spaces work in poker?
While the game is on, the player draws one card and if it ultimately turns out to be an ace and the player has his hopes 50 per cent high, and again when he draws the second card it turns out to be an ace, wow that is the reason to rejoice but then when the other hand turns out to be the card with lower value then the aces and spaces comes in the play, because the aces have ultimately created the spaces in the game now.
Ace of Spaces may be the best single pair available but it is a dangerous hand with the large volume of scenarios that can beat it, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush and of course royal flush will trump the ace of spaces. Here is the definition of these terms to give you a brief idea.
- Straight Flush
If there are no wild cards, this is the highest type of poker hand: five cards of the same suit in sequence. Between two straight flushes, the one containing the higher top card is higher. An ace can be counted as low, so 5-4-3-2-A is a straight flush, but its top card is the five, not the ace, so it is the lowest type of straight flush. The highest type of straight flush, A-K-Q-J-10 of a suit, is known as a Royal Flush. The cards in a straight flush cannot “turn the corner”: 4-3-2-A-K is not valid.
- Four of a kind
Four cards of the same rank – such as four queens. The fifth card, known as the kicker, can be anything. If two or more players have four of a kind of the same rank, the rank of the kicker decides.
- Full House
This combination, sometimes known as a boat, it consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. When comparing full houses, the rank of the three cards determines which is higher.
They are the five cards of the same suit. When comparing two flushes, the highest card determines which is higher. If the highest cards are equal then the second highest card is compared; if those are also equal then the third highest card, and so on.
Five cards of mixed suits in sequence – for example, Q-J-10-9-8. 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, known as a wheel is the lowest kind of straight, the top card being the five.
- Three of a Kind
Here there are three cards of the same rank plus two unequal cards. This combination is also known as Triplets or Trips.