Split Pot Primer

Here's some basic poker jargon that we'll be using:
Suit - The suits are spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs.
Suited - Having the same suit. Sometimes denoted as "s" in books.
Cards Speak - Your hand consists of the best possible five card combination, no matter how you call it.
Rank - Two, Three, Four...Jack, Queen, King, Ace are the ranks of cards.
Split Pot - When multiple players tie for a hand, the pot is split up evenly among the winners.
Kicker - The other card(s) left over after a hand is declared.

What happens when you both have the same hand? With the most common hands, it comes down to a matter of kickers. When hands are the same (like two pair vs two pair), it often just comes down to who has the higher ranked card in the pocket. It is important to know that you only use five-cards though, a sixth or seventh card never determines the winner (click here for more on that). Also note that in holdem, the type of suit a player has is not a tie-breaking factor either. There is no rank of suits. If you still have the same five card hand after evaluating the ranks, the pot is split evenly among all the winning players. The following are examples of split pots in Texas Holdem.

Player One                                                 Player Two
Five of Hearts Six of Hearts                                         Seven of Hearts Nine of Spades
These players split the pot with a board of:
Ace of Hearts King of Hearts Queen of Hearts Ten of Hearts Eight of Hearts

If you don't understand the above, we discuss it in depth on this flush example page.



Player One                                                 Player Two
King of Diamonds King of Spades                                         Two of Spades Seven of Diamonds
These players split the pot with a board of:
Ace of Clubs Ace of Hearts Ace of Diamonds Ace of Spades King of Hearts



Player One                                                 Player Two
Ace of Diamonds Three of Hearts                                         Ace of Clubs Nine of Diamonds
These players split the pot with a board of:
Ten of Clubs Jack of Hearts King of Diamonds Four of Spades Four of Hearts



Player One                                                 Player Two
Queen of Clubs Queen of Hearts                                         Queen of Spades Queen of Diamonds
These players split the pot unless the board has 4 or 5 cards all of the same suit.




Player One                                                 Player Two
King of Diamonds Jack of Spades                                         Ace of Spades Jack of Diamonds
These players split the pot with a board of:
Two of Clubs Ten of Hearts Ace of Diamonds Queen of Spades King of Hearts

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