The term bottom pair refers to a pair made with the lowest card available on the board when playing community card games like Hold'em.
Pocket pairs which are lower in rank than the lowest card on the board are instead referred to as underpairs.
Bottom pair may sometimes also be referred to as a low pair although low pairs can include any small pair whether it’s the same as the lowest ranked card on the board or not.
In this guide we’ll learn the following -
Why is it Called Bottom Pair?
How Strong is Bottom Pair in Hold’em?
How Strong is Bottom Pair in Omaha?
What is the Difference Between Bottom Pair and an Underpair?
What is the Difference Between Bottom Pair and Low Pair?
Bottom pair refers to a pair made with one hole card and the lowest ranked card on the board. Low pair simply refers to any low ranked pair (perhaps 6 and lower) and may or may not be a bottom pair; the term low pair includes underpairs for example. It’s also possible for bottom pair to be a mid or high pair depending on the rank of the lowest card on the board.
The term bottom pair refers to a pair made with one hole card along with the lowest ranked card from the board. Bottom pairs are very weak holdings in both Hold’em and Omaha although they do have slightly more showdown value in Hold’em since it’s harder to make pairs when we are only dealt two hole cards.