My friend and I are stuck on a bet and I am pleading with the Straight Dopers to help us with this one. It is about poker and which hand is better than another. So here we go…

It is said that in Texas Hold’em a 2 and a 7 in the hole are the worst cards to have. Here is a quick reference as to why…

My friend disagrees with this and believes a 2 and 7 are better than a 2 and 3,4,5,6. His reasoning is that since a 7 is higher than a 6,5,4 or 3 you are more likely to win. He does not believe that the possibility of a straight helps the odds of a 2 and 3,4,5 or 6 winning a hand.

His resolution to the bet was to do heads up, best of 10 hands with me holding 2 and anything under 7 versus him holding 2 and 7. Without getting to philosophical, i disagreed with this and felt that this was the wrong approach. In essence my argument is that a 2 and 3-6 have better odds of winning versus an unknown hand than a 2 and 7 versus an unknown hand. My thought is that the odds difference between the hands will only show itself over a VERY long period of time and must be against other random hands and NOT versus each other.

So what do the dopers think? I eagerly await…

-n