there are 24 cards and you get 5 cards what is the probability of having more than 3 black cards

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- Dec 16th 2009, 10:28 AMnafiroIn a card game of euchre
there are 24 cards and you get 5 cards what is the probability of having more than 3 black cards

- Dec 16th 2009, 11:16 AMSoroban
Hello, nafiro!

I will assume that there are 12 black cards and 12 red cards.

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There are 24 cards and you get 5 cards.

What is the probability of having more than 3 black cards

"More than 3 black cards" means "4 blacks cards or 5 black cards".

. . To get 4 black cards and 1 red, there are: .$\displaystyle {12\choose4}{12\choose1} \,=\,495\cdot12 \,=\,5940$ ways.

. . To get 5 black cards, there are: .$\displaystyle {12\choose5} \,=\,792$ ways.

Hence, there are: .$\displaystyle 5940 + 792 \:=\:6732$ ways to get more than 3 black cards.

Therefore: .$\displaystyle P(\text{more than 3 black cards}) \;=\;\frac{6732}{42,\!504} \;=\;\frac{51}{322} $