If two or more players remain after the final betting round, it’s time for the showdown. Each player combines his two hole cards with the five community cards on the table. A player can use both or only one of his hole cards to form his best five-card hand. If the five community cards form a stronger hand that any of these combinations the player is said to be playing the board. In case the best ranked hand is shared by more than one player the pot is split by the two.

The player last called shows his cards first. If this hand is higher that the other players hands they have the option to muck their cards (not show them to the other players) and the player with the highest ranking hand wins the pot.

EXAMPLE “At showdown, my trip Queens were cracked by a flush on the River.”

EXAMPLE “The pre-flop raiser checked back on the flop in a heads-up pot, which leads me to believe he has some sort of showdown value.”

Related terms on

  1. High Card
  2. River
  3. Straight Flush
  4. Garbage Hand
  5. Omaha
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