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Kicker

  1. Noun

    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

  2. Noun

    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."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    RELATED TERMS: Flush, Kicker Trouble, Outkick, Straight, Top Kicker

  3. Noun

    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."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Draw Games




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