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Can you help me understand this situation:

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I held the 5⋄ 8♥ and thought that my pair of 5s would give me the victory?

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    @jon there is no flush, he was out-kicked. – Herb Jan 23 '17 at 15:58
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    What the hell was I looking at. Painkillers and SE don't mix. – Jon Jan 24 '17 at 5:20
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You've been counterfeited on the river.

Villain's best hand is: Q♥ Q♠ 6♥ 6♣ J⋄ (two pair, Queens and Sixes, Jack kicker)

Your best hand is: Q♥ Q♠ 6♥ 6♣ 8♥ (two pair, Queens and Sixes, Eight kicker)

Therefore, your pair of fives is irrelevant as it doesn't form part of your best hand, which cannot beat your opponent's best hand and so you lose at showdown.

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