Determine what kind of hand of poker, the five cards
are. For instance, if I have the following:

Ace of Hearts
Two of Diamonds
Two of Clubs
10 of Spades
10 of Diamonds

You would print out:

Two Pair

In general, a poker hand can be the following:

1 Pair
2 Pair
3 of a kind
4 of a kind
full house (3 of a kind and 1 pair)
straight
flush
straight flush
royal flush

import java.util.Random;

public class cards {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

    int [] deck = new int[52];  // deck of cards

    // initialize to "fresh" deck
    for (int i = 0; i < 52; i++)
        deck[i] = i;

    // create the random number generator
    Random randNumGen = new Random();

    // shuffle the deck by swapping random two cards 10000 times
    for (int i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {

        // generate two numbers in range [0, 51]
        int randPos1 = randNumGen.nextInt(52);
        int randPos2 = randNumGen.nextInt(52);

        // now swap cards at positions randPos1 and randPos2
        int temp = deck[randPos1];   // note three statements
        deck[randPos1] = deck[randPos2];
        deck[randPos2] = temp;
    }
int faceValue = 0;
int suit = 0;
String message; 

    // now we need to print first five cards, we'll use a String
    for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
         faceValue = deck[i] % 13 + 1;  // in range [1,13]
         suit = deck[i] / 13;   // in range [0, 3]

        //String message;   // First look at String object

        // in class we will talk more about OBJECTS and METHODS.
        // We've already seen two examples of objects --- StdIn
        // and Random.  String is another example of an object.

        if (faceValue == 1)
        message = "Ace of ";
        else if (faceValue == 11)
        message = "Jack of ";
        else if (faceValue == 12)
        message = "Queen of ";
        else if (faceValue == 13)
        message = "King of ";
        else
        message = faceValue + " of ";

        if (suit == 0)
        message += "Spades";
        else if (suit == 1)
        message += "Clubs";
        else if (suit == 2)
        message += "Hearts";
        else
        message += "Diamonds";

        System.out.println(message);

}
        for(int i = 1; i<=13; i++){

        if(faceValue == Math.pow(4,i)){
        System.out.println("4 of a kind");
    }
         else if(faceValue == Math.pow(3,i)){
        System.out.println("3 of a kind");
    }
        else if (faceValue == Math.pow(2,i)){
        System.out.println("a pair");
    }
    }

    }
}

Hi there,

I was looking over your code, and I would use the following method. I would use an array of 4x13 ( for the four suits). When the card is dealt, it will have a certain number and a certain suit. Change the corsponding element in the array ( making sure that you are not dealing two of the same card). After that, you can use a template to go check them. For example:

To check two of a kind:

See if an two cards are in the same column

To check flush

All five cards on the same row

To check a straight

Take the lowest numbered card, and see if there is one proceeding it in any of the columns.

HTH,
Tino