What Is A Boat In Poker?
In poker, the term “boat” refers to a full house, a 5-card hand combination that consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.
This term is not commonly used in professional poker settings, but it is a popular slang term in more casual games.
The full house is the fourth strongest poker hand combination in most poker variations and is outranked only by four of a kind, the straight flush and the royal flush.
Each full house combination is named by combining the name of the three of a kind with the name of the two of a kind that makes the combination.
All full house combinations are ranked:
- Based on the ranking of the three of a kind part of the combination
- Based on the ranking of the two of a kind part of the combination
This makes the Aces full of Kings full house the strongest full house combination in poker.
Poker Boat Example:
As Ad Ac Kd Kc – Aces full of Kings
Ks Kh Kc Ah Ad – Kings full of Aces
7s 7d 7h Js Jd – Sevens full of Jacks