What is Kicker in Poker?

The Kicker is the side card that is not used to determine a hand’s rank but is used to break ties among players with the same hand.

For example, if one player has AK and another has AQ, and the board runs out A-6-6-2-4, the player with AK wins. Both players have a pair of aces and a pair of sixes, but the player with AK has the better kicker (A-A-6-6-K beats A-A-6-6-Q). Although though both players have 2 pair, the king is the higher “kicker” than the queen. 

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