We are new to playing poker. We played Texas holdem a few nights ago. Tow played got a straight. Player 1 J-7. Player 2 10-6. Normally we would have given it to player 1 for having a higher straight, but player 2 also had a pair of 6s. So we gave it to player 2.

  • Best 5 cards every times
    – paparazzo
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 3:02
  • I don't see how you could have a straight and a pair, since a straight is already 5 cards and a poker hand is also 5 cards.
    – Paul
    Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 18:59

1 Answer 1


The only thing that matters is the best 5 cards.

So Player 1 can make J-7, while at the same time Player 2 can make 10-6 and pair of 6.

Player's 1 best hand is straight J-7. That is the ONLY thing we consider. Player's 2 best hand is straight 10-6. That is the ONLY thing we consider. The pair of 6 is not considered.

Player 1's J-7 beats Player 2's 10-6, so player 1 wins.

When in doubt, remembers this: only the best hand you consider...even in tie

If the best hand of both player is the same, then split the pot. Don't consider the second best hand or whatsoever.

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