re: Poker & Kickers - when do they come into play?
Originally Posted by strims
When do kickers come into play??? I'm sure I've played on sites that use different rules. Obv when both players have the same pair, the one with the highest kicker wins, but what about when both have the same Trips, or when the board has two pairs - does the highest kicker come into play then?
If anyone can enlighten me I will be grateful, as I'm starting a home game soon and obv won't have the software of a poker site to work it all out for me.
P.S. and what is counterfeiting??
The goal of poker is to make the best 5 card hand. If one of these 5 cards is a kicker, the kicker comes into play. This was explained by a few others.
Counterfitting is when usually you have 3 pair. Now as mentioned above, you take the best 5-card hand, and 3 pair would be 6 cards. There is no 3-pair poker hand. Here's an example.
33 vs. AK
board comes 55779
The best 5-card hand that can be made by the player with 33 is the board: 2 pairs, 5s and 7s, with a 9 kicker.
The best 5-card hand that can be made by the player with AK is:
2 pairs, 5s and 7s, with an A kicker.
By virtue of the A being a higher kicker, the AK hand would win.
One more example:
KJ vs. J5
flop comes, AJ5
J5 is now ahead with 2 pair vs. KJ's 1 pair.
turn comes: A
Now they both have 2 pairs, Aces and Jacks. The 5s held by the hand with J5 were "counterfitted" because the third pair doesn't matter in poker, you only get to use the best 5 cards.