[Player 1] has an A♠️ & a 2♥️ as their hole cards. [Player 2] holds a 3♣️ & a Queen♠️.The community cards are as follows : 3♠️,J♦️,J♣️,8♥️,8♦️ Please explain to me why player 1 thinks he beats player 2 on a high card when player 2 clearly has a 2 pair (3's & J's)?
While we can´t read minds, in this game player 1 wins because the best hand either player can make is two pair with Jacks and 8s (all from the community), so winner gets decided by the remaining high card. And player 1's Ace is higher than player 2's Queen.
Player 2 having 2 pair doesn't help him win; Player 1 also has 2 pair by using only the community cards; and that's a better 2-pair than player 2 can get from his hand cards. (Which means player 2 also gets the better 2 pair from the table)