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  • Can someone please explain the kicker?

    as stated above in the title. would really like it if someone can explain the kicker

    thanks

  • #2
    Hi Lappo,

    Welcome to the forum and a Happy New Year to you!

    The kicker is used to decide ties in poker. Say two players both end up with a pair of Aces but one has A,10 and the other has A,K then the one with the King wins because the King is the kicker and the higher ranked card.

    Have a look at thesehttp://www.pokerschoolonline.com/art...-Hand-Rankings articles, in fact why just not start at the beginning and go through all the courses to get a sound grounding before you start to play.

    Dan, our new members' coordinator, has a great post here that will give you all the information that you need to make best use of everything PSO has to offer.

    Take your time, there is a lot to go through, and hopefully we will see you at the tables soon.

    Any other questions feel free to post or drop me a pm.

    Cheers,

    TC

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    • #3
      Topthecat explained it perfectly, but here is an illustration of the danger of a bad kicker:

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      • #4
        I remember when I started Hold Em, I hadn't realised how many tied hands/split pots were possible and I had certainly never heard of a kicker.

        You have to remember at showdown 5 best cards make your best poker hand, using 0,1 or 2 of your pocket or hole cards.

        you can 'tie' single pair hands, two pair hands, trips hands and so the best kicker decides
        you cannot tie sets (three of a kind when 2 are a pocket pair and 1 on board)
        you can tie straights - then no kicker is involved
        you cannot tie for a flush as only one suit can make a flush, 2 flushes would be same suit so one must beat the other through card ranks

        the one that really took me ages to first learn, then exploit, is with 4 of a kind on the board

        Say board comes 8,8,8,8,Q

        nobody can beat 4 of a kind when it is on the board (not possible to have a straight flush without 3 of same suit on the board) -

        so with the four 8s on the board, anyone with cards of Q or lower plays the 5 cards on the board. But anyone with a pocket K beats the board hand and anyone with a pocket A is unbeatable. Often people will bet this board and get calls, so if you have an ace get it in and hope others make the mistake I did, oh, dozens of times, before I got taught through PSO.

        Good luck

        Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
        4 Time Bracelet Winner


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        • #5
          Actually you can tie for a flush: the five highest flushcards are on the table and one player has none of that suit and the other has an undercard of that suit - both play the board and it's a tie
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ov3rsight View Post
            Actually you can tie for a flush: the five highest flushcards are on the table and one player has none of that suit and the other has an undercard of that suit - both play the board and it's a tie
            Very true - you tie any hand when you are all playing the board -

            Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
            4 Time Bracelet Winner


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