Originally Posted by The Palimax
Seriously though, where's your rebuttal for three pair.
Easiest one! Poker is decided by a 5-card hand. If you want to change that rule... go ahead, but be ready to rank 6-card straights vs. 5-card flushes, and other such fun.
5 of a kind is DEFINITELY a poker hand, just as much as any other poker hand in a game that allows wild cards. Call it the King of Eagles, which was an old suit WAY back in the day.
I mean, it has a frequency higher than two pair (undoubtedly), and we don't rank it. ...because like 5 of a kind, it's just not a poker hand (even without wild cards).
To address your earlier statement- the only reason that you don't re-rank all of the hands, based on the new percentages, is the complexity of it. If you'd like to create a cheat card, one for each player, with all of the new rankings.... then sure, go ahead. See how it works out.
If you're going to use that argument to completely change rankings... then why not move the 75432 hand up the charts, in regular hold'em? Cal it the "Super Seven-Deuce" and, since there's only 1020 of them, rank 'em above full houses. THAT would add some interesting strategy to a game using the Hammer bonus! "Is he playing the 72, or does he have my Aces-full crushed?"
It is, simply, much simpler to ignore the straights-vs-flushes, no-pair vs. middle-strength normal hands and all of the other debates. Add the 5k, rank it based on percentages, and keep things from breaking out into arguments.
Now, if you want to make the Royal a special case, even though it is 24 vs. 13 with only one wild card in play..... I could accept an argument on that. Maybe say a natural Royal beats 5k, since the odds are correct.