Holdem Pot

The pot goes to the highest hand at the showdown.

Spilt Pots

In texas hold'em, because of the community cards, it has more ties than most other forms of poker. For example if the board contains four Aces and a King. It is not possible for anyone to hold a card in their hand that is better than that hand. Even if a player has a King in his hand, every player can play the King on the board and tie. In home games, it is common to break ties by giving the pot to the player with the high card for the sixth card, using the Bridge rank of suits (Spades, Hearts, Diamond and Clubs) to break ties in ranks. That is not the generally accepted way to do it in poker. In a card room ties aren't broken the pot is just divided among the active hands.

There are different other ways for a tie to result in Hold'em other than all players simply playing the five cards on the board as their best hand. Players often have the same two pair or the same straight or similar ties. For example, if the board contained an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Deuce. Here any player having a 10 in their hand has an Ace-high straight and if more than one player holds a 10, then the pot is split among them.
Poker hands are five-card combinations. No tie-breakers are used. The pots are just split when the players tie.

Side Pots

Casino poker is played with the table-stakes rule. It means that you cannot be required to call a bet for more money than you had on the table before the hand began. Likewise, you are not allowed to bet more than you had on the table before the hand begun. If the player runs of money during a hand and more than one player remains, then a side pot is created. A player who runs out of the money is said to be "all-in."

If the player is all-in and only one player remains active, then the cards are simply dealt out, you have a showdown, and the best hand takes the pot. If two or more other online poker players are still active, then the action between those players can continue.

When a player runs out of the chips then the pot at that point is pushed aside by the dealer. This pot contains all the chips for calls and bets up to the amount corresponding to the all-in player's calls. All bets and calls after that point is kept in a separate pile until the showdown. This is called a "side pot." The original pot is called the "main pot."

The side pot is awarded to the best hand among the players who put money in that pot. The all-in player cannot win any of that money. Once the side pot is distributed, the winner of that pot shows down with the all-in player. The best hand of those two takes the main pot. If more than one player goes all-in during a hand, multiple side pots are created. The showdown starts with the players active in the last pot created.

The Rake

In a casino, the casino will collect a fee for playing poker. This charge or fee is called as the "rake" because most card rooms collect the fee by raking a certain amount from each pot. Whenever there is the procedure, the amount is either 5 or 10 percent up to a maximum of $3 or $5. In many games, you can count on almost every pot getting large enough so that the maximum rake will be taken.

Two other collection methods are now in common: a time charge and a button charge. "Time charges" are fixed amount, collected from each player every half hour. They range from $3 to $7 per half hour, depending on the limits of the game. Button charges are collected each hand from the play poker player on the button; $3 is a typical charge. Sometimes button charge is a live bet; it counts as a call of the initial blind bet.

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