Originally Posted by Divebitch
Thanks Jilly. But still not fully understanding. Are you saying that the 2nd pot is the side pot? If so, the woman finishing 8th would have to be either the middle or high stack. If the OP is the high stack, he'd get her chips first, and would not be out at all. If the winner with the straight was the high stack, she'd be out first. Now... if the 1st pot you refer to is actually the side pot, then the guy with the straight was the chip leader of the 3. In which case, I'd see no reason for a side pot. Bottom line, I'd need to know which of the 2 was the side pot, and how many chips the hand winner had to fully grasp all this.
Main pot: all 3
Side pot: bigger 2 stacks
Let's use an example:
player A: 2000 chips
Player B: 1000 chips
Player C: 100 chips
they get all-in preflop and players C and B are all-in
Main pot: 300 chips (100 from each)
Side pot: 1800 chips (900 from each of A and B)
First the main pot is resolved. Player A wins that pot, player B loses 100 chips, as does player C. Player C now has no more chips left and loses.
Now the side pot is resolved. Player A wins that pot, player B loses all 900 and now has no more chips left and loses.
Since player C was eliminated before player B, player C is in a lower place than B. Note that at no time during this did it matter whether player A had B beat or not. Player A could have royal flush, C could have K-high straight flush, and player B could have J-high. The only thing that matters is the first place finisher in any pot, and at no point are B and C HU in a pot.