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  • two pair vs. two pair

    Hi all,

    I'm confused about this situation I always thought the highest pair wins and the second pair doesn't matter and it goes to kicker. So for example if:

    Player A has Q5

    Player B has 77

    Community cards are 4 A A 2 2

    Who wins?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Your hand is AA22Q his is AA774 the only time it wins by a kicker is if you both have the same 2 pair


    • #3
      The way to solve the problem is to always ask "What is the best five-card hand that each player can make using the board cards and either or both of his hole cards?"

      The best 5-card hand that Player A can make is AA22Q (aces and deuces with a queen kicker).

      The best 5-card hand that Player B can make is AA774 (aces and sevens with a 4 kicker).

      So player B wins. His aces and sevens beat aces and deuces.

      If the board had instead come 4 A A J J, then the player with sevens will lose. Using all 7 cards, he'd have "three pairs", but the best five-card hand for him would be AAJJ7 (aces and jacks with a 7 kicker). The guy with Q5 never made a pair, but using the board cards he'd have AAJJQ (aces and jacks with a queen kicker).

      Small pairs get counterfeited like this sometimes, which is why low-rank hole cards can get you into trouble. I've lost count of the times I've had a hand like 87 and the board comes 87522 and I lose to pocket nines that used the running deuces to make a better two pairs than my 8s and 7s.
      Bracelet Winner


      • #4
        Makes a lot of sense now. Thanks again for the quick and detailed responses!


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