Originally Posted by coolubet
Hi poker nuts, I play on Pstars and often I don't get justice with their system of deciding who wins with the higher 'kicker'!! Example, both players aftyer river have a pair of kings.one with k3 other k8, the board after river reads nothing special except the king, no other pairs! Pstars splits the pot and the guy with k8 is clearly the winner!! Do any of u guys who play at pstars ever had this situation...it seems to happen pretty often...comments??
As stated earlier, your hand is your best five cards. In certain cases your 8 does not count, and neither does his 3.
You have K/8
He has K/3
The board is A/Q/T/9/2
/Q/T/9 = Your best hand (your 8 is not one of your best 5 cards)
/Q/T/9 = His best hand (his 3 is not one of his best 5 cards)
Ditto with boards like T/T/2/2/7 where you both have T/T/2/2/K
as your best five cards, or T/T/J/9/2 where you both have T/T/K
It's just the way the game works.
I think this is a similar question to another we see here on occasion: "Three of us went all-in on the bubble, the big stack won but I had a better hand than the middle-stack so how come I didn't finish better than him and cash?"
It's just something that might appear a little wrong at first, but once you develop a feel of the game you can appreciate the reasoning behind it.