Note that in games where more than five cards are available, the player is free to select whichever cards make the lowest hand.
That means in the event of a tie with four of a kind, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, or high card, a side card, or 'kicker', comes into play to decide who wins the pot. A full house consists of three of a kind plus a pair. The Kicker As already mentioned in some of the previous examples, a kicker determines who wins a showdown if two players have the same hand. High card ace, king kicker: The ranking of the cards is important.