When playing poker one must be aware that there will be times when there will be situations of a tie. In games like Texas Hold ‘Em, there are very high chances that there will be two or more players who will get the same highest hands. In this sort of situation there need to be some rules to settle the dispute as to whom the winner will be and how can it be fairly proclaimed as such. These rules are pretty standard and have been used in many cases of a tie. The cardinal rule of thumb is to always remember that 5 cards and 5 cards only will be considered to establish the strength of the hand. At no point can the sixth card be a valid factor.
In the case of high card the dispute is very simple. If two players have the same high card and no other player has a stronger hand then the pot must be split equally between the two. In the case of the winning hands being the same one pair the third card is considered. This card is called the kicker. The player who has the higher kicker will win. If the case has the same kicker then the same will follow for the fourth and fifth card if needed. If the entire hand is the same (which is rarely the case) then the pot will be split equally. In the case of two pair being equally alike the fifth card is considered the kicker and the higher kicker wins. Again, In the case of three of a kind the hand with the higher trio will win the pot. If in case both the hands have the same trio value then the pot is split between them. There is no kicker in this hand.
The flush, straight, full house, straight flush and royal flush are slightly different. In the case of these hands there is no kicker. This means that the value or strength of the hands needs to be evaluated in another manner. In the case of 2 flush hands the hand with the highest card will win the pot or the pot will be split equally. In the case of the straight too the highest card will win the straight. The same high card will result in the splitting of the pot. The full house strength depends on the value of the trio which is to say that the higher ranking trio will win the pot. The straight flush will be resolved in the same way as the straight where the highest ranking card will win the pot. In the case of the royal flush the pot will be split equally because there is no higher or lower when it comes to the suits. All suits have the same power.
There is also the case of the side pot. If any player goes all-in in the middle of the game and even after calling the bet there are players who are left with chips, they will be allowed to continue betting. In that case a side pot is created. It is crucial to remember that each player has to contribute equally to the pot so that it is easy to keep track of the side pots.