What Are ‘Split Pots’ in Texas Hold’em?

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Suppose that you are playing live poker in Newtown Casino and you happen to be on a tie with another player, what happens? Well, that will usually result in both of you splitting the pot. But, what exactly is a tie, especially in a game of Texas Hold’em?

What is a ‘Tie’ in Texas Hold’em?

So, you played a game of Texas Hold’em and you’ve come to a point where only you and another player are left standing and vying to win the entire jackpot. There are five community cards that are shown on the board that signifies 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 cards that constitutes two hearts, two clubs, and a card with a diamond suit.

The other player turns over their starting hand- revealing the numbers 3 and 4. They had two pairs before, but now, the board is straight.

You will then reveal to the other player that your cards actually show a king and queen of clubs.

Your opponent actually had four clubs and just missed one card that would resemble a river. So, who wins this game?

In a traditional game of Texas Hold’em, the player who holds the highest value card combination wins the pot. So, going back to the previous example, even if player A had two pairs of cards and you had higher value cards, the best cards that can be created from that scenario would be 2-3-4-5-6 and since the game already introduced five community cards that are available to both of the players left, then those cards can be used to somehow create a new combination- one that will actually win the pot.

Unfortunately, because neither you nor the other player has created something out of the community cards, no one actually won the game. Therefore, this resulted in a split pot.

Okay, let’s take another example. Suppose that there are three players that call a pre-flop and the cards that are shown are 6-6-8. Player “A” has some aces and bets. Player “B” holds a four-flush and an Ace-King combo, and player “C” flops to a four straight.

On the next round, another community card actually happens to be a 6. Player “A” now has a total of six cards full of aces, player “B” still has a four-flush, and the third player folded as a result.

The last community card revealed to be another 6, so the board actually shows the numbers 6-6-8-6-6. The best hand that could possibly be created from these numbers would be the quad 6 coupled with an Ace card. And, since only two players from the three actually have these conditions met, then they would tie the game and, therefore, split the pot.

So, what can you glean from the information that is presented? It just means that whenever we take into consideration the community cards present on the board and the cards that we currently have on our hand and supposing that the other player actually has the same value of cards as you, then you will be splitting the pot because it is a virtual tie between the both of you.