08- 5-07, LearnTexasHoldem:

Does Three Pair Beat Two Pair?

Question:

My question is on who would win in 2 particular Texas Hold'em games, and why. This is what is on the table for 2 different games.

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1st Game

Community cards are:

10 spade, 10 diamond, 6 spade, 6 heart & 8 club

Player 1 has: 7 spade & 7 club

Player 2 had: A Club & J diamond

Who wins and why?

2nd Game

Community cards are:

10 spade, 10 diamond, 6 spade, 6 heart & 8 club

Player 1 has: 5 spade & 5 club

Player 2 had: A Club & J diamond

Who wins and why?

Please tell me why because my buddies and me had a very long discussion on what we think is right and wrong and in the end still disagreed with each other.

Thanks

Daniel Luna (Chicago)

Answer:

Hi Daniel

When you compare hands in texas hold'em you must look at them as five-card hands, just as in draw poker or most other poker variations for that matter. The player who holds the best five-card hand always wins the pot, and if more than one player has the same hand, it's a split pot. You never take the 6th card into consideration.

1st Game

Player 1's best hand: Ts Td 7s 7c 8c

Player 2's best hand: Ts Td 6s 6h Ac

Player 1 takes down this pot thanks to a higher two pair.

2nd Game

Player 1's best hand: Ts Td 6s 6h 8c

Player 2's best hand: Ts Td 6s 6h Ac

Player 2 takes down this pot thanks to a better kicker (Ac). I understand that one of you think that player 1 should win this hand because he holds "three pair", but a poker hand consists of five cards, no more no less, and it's therefore impossible to create such holding. Player 1's hand is basically dead since he's only playing the board. He would lose to any hand with a card higher than 8.

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