Author Topic: Board or player's card Kicker is good?  (Read 8630 times)


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Board or player's card Kicker is good?
« on: December 11, 2010, 09:00:55 PM »
In a event that the board has a card of the same value of the player's kicker, wich of those two cards are in effect? Meaning: Payer A have: A-K  and the board is A-A-A-K-J is the K who's on the board good or the K the player A holds good?

At first it looks not important, but lets presume there is a promotion going on and the player has to use his two cards  to qualify, then it becomes important to know  (in the latest example) wich King prevail.  Am I clear...?



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Re: Board or player's card Kicker is good?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2010, 11:15:51 PM »
Hi Scardo, and welcome to the forum!

If the game is Texas Holdem, then you can use ANY combination of your two hole cards and the 5 common board cards to make your best 5-card hand. Suits don't count.

SO, in this case, the player has A-K as his 2 hole cards.  His best hand is A-A-A-A-K.  Whether he uses the A-K in his hand and the A-A-A from the board, or whether he uses the A in his hand and the A-A-A-K from the board, they are equivalent hands. Either way he has A-A-A-A-K, neither is better than the other because the suit of the King doesn't matter.
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Re: Board or player's card Kicker is good?
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010, 04:47:22 PM »
hi scardo,

as per mikes post the suit of the 2 kings is irrelevant during hold'em, the player has four of a kind with a king kicker, irrespective of which king is used in the final hand, in general I would usually use the king from the board to form the final hand for example where a 5 card straight is on the board 10 to A of four suits the holdings of any players still in the hand would be irrelevant.

For the purposes of having a definative winning hand you could use the ranking of suits to determine who wins a bar voucher or something similar which is in reverse alphabetical order (high to low) is Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, but card suits must never be used to settle a tie or draw for the pot,  unless of course one player has a flush or straight flush, but you would need to stipulate this before the game, or include it in the T&C's for your promotion.