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I'm curious about the rules on a suited board. I haven't been able to find anything specific.
The scenario came up in a hand I
In NLH you always use 5 cards to make your hand, so if none of your hole cards can improve on the board, you are playing the board. However all 5 cards play, so in your example a player holding QdJs has AdQdTd8d7d, which is a better flush than AdTd8d7d6d. A player holding 5d3s has AdTd8d7d6d and is playing the board. His 5d got counterfeited, when the last diamond hit the board.
Someone who held the jd9d would have the nut. If no one held the jd9d, then whoever held a 9d would win the hand. Whoever is holding 5d4d is the 3rd best hand. 4th best hand is whoever held the kd, 5th best hand is whoever held the qd. 6th best hand is whoever held the jd.
Otherwise, if no one is holding the kd, qd, jd or 9d, then the players remaining in the hand would split the pot.
It was not the question, but just for the record I am not to crazy about this river bluff. BB was all in, so even if the bluff work, we still either lose or split the main pot. And as for SB he is most likely playing the board as well, so if we check back, we are still likely to win half the side pot and maybe a third of the main pot as well. And since we are risking more than 3 times the pot, this is a really bad risk/reward. If we are going to have bluffs here at all, maybe a smaller sizing could get the job done.