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Split Pot in Texas Hold'em

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Split Pot in Texas Hold'em

By A. Aguilar

In Texas Hold'em when there is of a tie, there is also the possibility that the pot should be divided equally among those who did. This is known as a Split Pot.

These are some of the situations in which a draw is determined in Texas Hold'em (these are valid for both limit and no limit variations):

A winnin community hand

This is when the 5 community cards make a hand that is better than any of the the players’ individual hands, like when all the community cards are of the same color and none of the players involved in the game has any cards of the same suit, and can’t create a better hand than anyone created with the cards dealt on the flop (first three community cards), turn (fourth community card) and river (fifth community card).

Suppose that the cards on the table were 5-7-10-Q-A (all spades). Although a player has a 2, 3 or 4 of clubs will be tied for the Pot, as their hand is that one of the table.

Other ways to tie the Pot without the two cards of each player involved in the hand may be pursuing a straight, full house, or even minor moves as trios, or two pairs, etc...

I.E.: If the cards on the table are A-A-7-7-K, as two players with hands of 5-5 and QJ respectively will tie the pot.

Two players, same hand

This Split Pot occurs when the two winning player’s hands use one or two cards from their hand, while the rest is community cards. A simple example is when there are 10-J-Q-K-”X” on the table, and without the possibility of color, both players with A-8 and A-3 will tie with straight to the ace.

Another example is when two players tie getting a trio and the remaining two cards cause the tie. Here the skill of a player can intervene to force the withdrawal of the opponent, therefore not splitting the pot.

Yet another example: suppose that the community cards are 7-7-8-A-K. Two players have hands like J-7 and Q-7 and would have the same exact game; Trio of sevens, and an ace and king.

Take into account that in Texas Hold'em, as a rule, you must use the best 5-card hand you can form using one, two or none of your cards for this. Another important consideration is that there are games where you may believe that you are tied, but you really lose. This happens with game styles like: AK vs AJ and the community cards are A-3-3-7-Q. AK would win here because of its better kicker (tie-breaker card), the king is better than a jack kicker. Also, two pairs of aces and three King beats two pair of aces, and a trio of Queens. However, if you own an AJ you will be in a tie with A-8, A-9 and A-10.

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