Breaking a Tie in Poker

In poker, the winning hand is a pair of cards or better. In a tie, the highest pair wins. In a straight tie, the high card wins. A high pair or better wins a tie if there are no other pairs or better hands. Typically, in a draw game, the highest card wins a single hand. However, there are many ways to break a tie in poker. Here are a few of them.


Poker has seedy roots. The word ‘poke’ may have been used by card hustlers to deceive unsuspecting opponents. The “r” was probably added to confuse other players who knew the slang. Although the origins of the game are murky, the game itself is a fun and addictive way to pass the time. In addition to having an element of cheating, poker is also a fun and addictive way to make money.

Early French settlers played a game of poker with five-card decks. The players would bluff to win a pot or win a bet. The Persians played a similar game using a deck of cards with five suits. As the game spread, travelers changed it to suit their needs and riverboat conmen used it to rob their victims of cash. The Anglicized version of the game became known as ‘poker’ and the first written mention of poker dates from 1834.