# What are Combinations?

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A Combination is a type of calculation that tells us how many ways we can gather together a set of things without regard to the order in gathering those things.

#### Explanation:

A Combination is a type of calculation that tells us how many ways we can gather together a set of things without regard to the order in gathering those things.

A common question in combinations is to calculate how many poker hands are possible (the number of ways we can gather together a certain type of cards, such as a Royal Flush or a Pair or anything in between). We only care about the end result - the Royal Flush - and don't care that we were dealt the Ace first, then the 10, then the Queen, etc... If we did care, that would be a Permutation question.

The general formula for working with combinations is:

And just for fun, the number of possible 5-card poker hands is:

Let's evaluate it!