I'm trying to learn the basics of poker, and I encountered this bit of info:

Sometimes the best texas hold em hand is made by the five shared cards on their own. If they were 10-10-10-10-A and you had 9-9 your hole cards would not play as there is a four-of-a-kind of higher value already showing.

I am unclear about this. What if every player chooses 10-10-10-10 as their hand, since they're shared cards? Who wins?


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This would be a split pot if cards are revealed at show down.

In Texas Hold 'Em players make the best 5 card they can from the 7 they have available. When those best 5 are the 5 community cards this is known as 'Playing the board'. If multiple players best hand is 'the board' and this is the winning hand then it is a split. the 2 cards they have in there hand take no part in determine the winner.

eg. two players hole cards are AA and 23. The board comes out 6789T. Both players have a Ten High Straight and nothing more so split if cards shown at showdown.

  • Personally I'd give the pot to the 23 for having the stones to make it to showdown with that hand. =) Or maybe to AA as compensation for getting absolutely coolered...
    – corsiKa
    Jun 24, 2017 at 19:41

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