Five cards are drawn from a pack of 52 cards. What is the probability that exactly three of them are of the same suit.
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by K Sengupta)
We observe that the three cards of one suit can be chosen in
comb(13,3), so that the remaining 2 cards can be chosen out of the remaining (52-13) = 39 cards in comb(39,2) ways.
Since there are a total of four suits to begin with, it follows that
the total number of ways to choose the 5 cards so that precisely
three of them belong to the same suit is 4*comb(13,3)*comb(39,2)
Now, the total number of ways to choose the 5 cards without any
restriction = comb(52, 5)
Consequently, the required probability is equal to:
4*comb(13,3)*comb(39,2)/ comb(52, 5)