Poker Tie-Breakers
Poker Tie-Breakers
Poker Tie-Breakers

Poker Tie-Breakers

It happens at least once in a while. If your weekly poker outings are starting to include more and more players, it is even more likely to happen. Ties happen when two players have hands that appear to be of equal value. In most cases, the player with highest valued hands and the highest ranking cards wins, but do you know the actual rules for who will win?

The following guidelines can help you decide who really wins in a close call:

•In the case of two full houses, the three highest cards in each hand decide the winner.

•In the case of two flushes, straight flushes, or straights, the highest card decides the winner. If two players have the same card (for example, two players with straights each have an Ace) the next highest card (or the card after that, if the second highest also matches) decides the winner.

•In the case of two three of a kind hands, the highest trips wins. This means that the player with three aces wins over the hand that has three tens.

•In the case of two pairs, the highest valued pair wins. If both players have the same high pair, then the second pair is considered. Whoever has the highest valued second pair wins.

•In the case of one pair, the highest valued pair wins. If one player has two kings, for example, while someone else has two deuces, the person with the pair of kings would win. In one pair, it sometimes happens that two players at the same table will have the same pair - for example, two people with two aces each. If this is the case, the person with the highest card in their hand wins. For example, if two players have two nines in their hand, but one player also has one ace as a random card in their hand, the person with the ace would win.

•In some games, notably 5-card draw, there may not be even a pair at a poker table. If no one is able to form a good hand, then the person with the highest ranking card wins. If two people have the same highest ranking card, then their next highest card is compared. If the next highest card is the same, the next highest card is compared until one person is declared the winner.

In case of ties, it is often the dealer who makes a final judgement call. It is worthwhile to note that cases of draw are more likely to result in ties. Stud games and games that involve several players are more likely to create a variety of hands and are less likely to result in ties. If ties are a concern, consider getting a good poker rule book at your poker games so that players can refer to the rule book whenever a disagreement over a poker tie breaker takes place.

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Date Added: 2005-10-15

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