The highest value card or cards not involved in completing a particular hand rank. Used to determine the winner of otherwise tied hands.
EXAMPLE: "I had two pair but lost on the kicker."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues
RELATED TERMS: Kicker Trouble, Outkick, Top Kicker
Improper usage. The highest card in a flush or a straight.
EXAMPLE: Improper: "I had a flush with a King kicker." Proper: "I had a King-high flush."
RELATED TERMS: Flush, Kicker Trouble, Outkick, Straight, Top Kicker
In draw games, a card that is not part of a pair that is retained in one's hand. Typically held either in hopes of drawing a pair or to represent a hand better than what one actually has.
EXAMPLE: "I had Jc-Js-Kh-7s-3c, so I kept the fishhooks and King but didn't make the two pair. I shouldn't have kept the kicker."
GAME CATEGORY: Draw Games