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Brain Game: We Three Kings


We won't tax you too much on this Free-for-all Friday at the Brain Game. Good luck!

Out of a standard deck of 52 playing cards, Robert draws five cards at random. They are (in order): 4 K K 2 K.

Exactly 2 of those cards are clubs, and one suit is NOT represented in the mix. Given this information:

What are the odds that one K is a club?

Here is the ANSWER.


It's a certainty, so the odds are 100%.

If only 2 cards are clubs, one of those clubs has to be a K in order for one suit to be absent from the mix.

Thanks for playing! A new Monday Math Square arrives Monday.