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Poker Rules:
1. The Deck
2. Poker Hands
3. Texas Hold'em
4. Omaha
5. 7-stud

Betting Rules:
1. Betting Basics
2. Blinds
3. Position

Betting Structures:
1. Limit
2. No-Limit
3. Pot-Limit

FAQ:
1. Hold'em FAQ
2. Betting FAQ

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Texas Hold'em Rules FAQ
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Can you have three pairs in Texas Hold'em?

No, there is no such thing as three pairs. Only your best five-card poker hand counts in Texas Hold'em. Example:

7s6s
Your Hand
AsAdKs7c6d
Board


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Your final poker hand is two pairs, aces over sevens, with a king kicker, using [[cards As Ad Ks 7c]] from the board and the [[cards 7s]] from your hand.

How many kickers matter?

A kicker matters if it is part of a person's final five-card poker hand. Example:

Ad9c
Victor
Ah2c
Stephen
AsQdJc7h6c
Board


In this case, Victor would win. The nine is better than the seven, so Victor wins.

AsAdQdJc9c
Victor's final poker hand
AsAhQdJc7h
Stephen's final poker hand


However, suppose the board is:

AsQdQhJc7h
Board


Then the outcome would be a tie. Both would have aces over queens with a jack kicker. Victor's nine would no longer be part of his final five-card poker hand, so it would no longer matter.

Wait, I'm confused. Another example please?

In Texas Hold'em, a player makes the best five-card hand using any combination of his hole cards and the cards on the board. Only the best five-card hand is considered.

AcAh
Tom
3d2s
Jerry
AsKdQcJhTs
Board


This is a tied pot. Each player's final poker hand is [[cards As Kd Qc Jh 10s]]

Can I show my hole cards to my opponents before the showdown in order to psyche-out my opponents?

This depends on the rules of the house. Sometimes, when a player must make a large call, he displays his hole cards to his opponent to see if the opponent gives some sort of reaction. Certain poker rooms and home games allow this but other places would instantly call the hand dead and would make the player fold.

Who wins if two people each have a straight?

If one person has a higher straight, then that person would win. For example, if Tom has a straight 87654 and Jerry has a straight 98765, then Jerry would win the pot.

Please note that only the final five-card poker hand matters.

Ah4s
Peter
2c2d
John
9c8s7d6h5h
Board


This would be a split pot. Each person's final poker hand is the board: [[cards 9c 8s 7d 6h 5h]]. It does not matter that Peter also has a four, because it would not make him a higher straight.

For more information about tie-breakers among different poker hands, check out our Poker Hands section.

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