If the board is showing:

T♥ T⋄ A♣ J♠ 6♥

One player has an A⋄ 7♥

The other player has an A♥ 5♣

do they split the pot, or does the 7 becomes the highest kicker.

  • It does seem like a duplicate, but perhaps its not such a bad thing to have a few examples of the concept to explain it clearly. If the site ever gets over-run with this sort of thing then maybe I imagine it would be better to close them at that point. – Toby Booth Aug 17 '15 at 22:53
  • 7 becomes the highest kicker. It wouldn't be the lowest card on the board. – Tyler Aug 18 '15 at 0:38

This pot is split since the kickers never get a chance to be used.

Texas Hold'em is all about making the 5-best combination of cards, regardless of how many of your hole cards are used.

In this particular example, the players have this hand:

Player 1 hand: T♥ T⋄ A♣ A⋄ J♠

Player 2 hand: T♥ T⋄ A♣ A♥ J♠

As you see, their hand is identical; they both have 2-pair.

Their kickers are never used since there is already a higher rank in the board, the J. And since the J is the 5th card, the hand stops there and kickers are never used.

This is a well hidden advantage of ace-rags if the board gets paired.

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