What Is A Full House In Poker?

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Last Updated: December 18, 2023

What Is A Full House In Poker

A Full House is a poker hand combination that consists of three cards of the same rank and two cards of another rank.

It is the 4th strongest hand combination in poker, also known as a boat. The full house ranks higher than a flush but lower than four-of-a-kind.

The full house also has a specific name for each hand based on the combination of trips and a pair hands. For example, QQQKK is named Queens full of Kings.

The rules for ranking full-house combinations are the following:

  1. The rank of the three-of-a-kind part of the combination
  2. The rank of the two-of-a-kind part of the combination (if multiple combinations have the same three-of-a-kind rank)

Based on this rule, aces full of kings (A A A K K) is the strongest full house combination in poker.

Poker Full House Example:

Ts Td Th 2s 2d (tens full of deuces) vs. 9s 9d 9h As Ad (nines full of aces)

In this situation, the tens full of deuces combination outranks the nines full of aces combination because the rank of the three of a kind in the first combination (Tens) outranks the rank of the three of a kind in the second combination (Nines).

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