Why blocked hand is still better?

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I expected A8 to be better in this vs 99 case, but A9 is still slightly ahead, dunno why :confused:
 
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When you have the 9 of diamonds in hand it obviously can't be part of the 5 community cards. Apparently, that is slightly more important than the possibility of runner runner eights.
 
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Because if you hold A9, its less likely, there will be a board runout like AQ932, where you improve to top pair but still end up losing to a set. And this is more important than being able to win on a runout like KQ882, which is fairly unlikely anyway. Or in more general terms: Its more important to block the opponents redraw than to have a slightly stronger draw yourself.
 
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Probably a possible diamond flush is the biggest advantage for Ah9d.
 
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Fundiver is absolutely correct here. The reason is the 9 blocks the other players chances for improving. With the 8 you need 2 of them to show up and if your going to win it most likely because and ace shows up.

A9 block set to 99 only by half, but ok whatever.
 
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Because we're cutting the 99 chance of hitting a set in half.
 
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