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Full House Hand Ranking In Poker

Full House Hand Ranking In Poker

Here’s What You Did Not Know About Full House Hand Ranking In Poker

If you know how to play poker, you will know the game is challenging, but also fun at the same time. All the challenges will become fun and exciting if you know your game well and especially the basis of the game. Knowing the rules is very important and among the rules knowing your hand rankings is the most crucial.

Hence to equip you, we at Pocket52 have articles to help you understand everything about each poker hand in depth. In this article we will tell you everything about one of the strongest poker hands – a full house.

What is a Full House hand in poker?

A full house hand consists of three cards of the same rank, and the other two of a similar rank. In other words, a full house poker hand is a combination of three of a kind and a one pair hands in poker. The name ‘full house’ comes from the fact that the hand is full in itself. There is no room for a kicker or supporting card. Also, remember that the suits do not matter in a full house. Every suit is treated equally. What matters is the ranks of the cards.

It was originally called a full hand. However over the years terms like full boat or a tight or a boat have also been used to describe a full house hand in poker.

It is one of the most interesting hands, since you are holding two different poker hands at the same time. It ranks fourth on the poker hand rankings chart and is one of the strongest hands in poker. If you have this hand, you will easily win in most games, until there is a stronger hand in the play such as a four of a kind, straight flush or royal flush.

For example, say you hold pocket Aces, and the board shows K, J 9, A, K. Your best five card hand will be AAAKK, wherein, you use two aces from your hand and one from the board along with two kings from the board to form your full house hand in poker.

A full house is named as ‘the rank of three cards of the same denomination’ full of ‘the rank of the pair.’ For example, in the above instance, aces full of kings. If your full house hand is QQQJJ, then it will be said that you have queens full of jacks. Similarly, 55522, is five’s full of deuces, and so on.

The best possible full house is aces full of kings (AAAKK), since no other full house can beat this hand. It is followed by Kings full of queens (KKKQQ), queens full of jacks (QQQJJ), jacks full of tens (JJJTT) and so on.

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How to make a full house hand in poker?

One way of making a full house hand is by using one card from hand and other four from the board. As in the case of the above example, you used one ace card from the hand and another four cards from the board.

Another situation could be where you hold K and 2 as your hole cards. The board shows Q, Q, K, 4, K. Here four best cards are on board. All the other players can share two pair hand of QQKK from the board, however, your king in hand gives you an upper hand since now you have the fourth highest ranking hand, i.e., a full house.

In case a full house shows up on the board, all players in contention will split the pot, unless a player has a better hand than a full house like a four of a kind, straight flush or royal flush.

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How is full house hand ranked in poker?

The full house holds the fourth highest hand and hence can beat any lower ranking card like a flush, straight, three of a kind, two pairs, one pair and high card hand. On the other hand, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush can beat a full house since these hands rank higher than a full house. As mentioned above, the rank or denomination of the cards matters. The higher cards you have, the better chances you have to win.

In case two or more players have full house hands, the hand with the higher cards wins. First the three cards of the same rank are considered. If they happen to be the same, then the pair is looked at for deciding the winner. Consider the following hands to better understand how full house hands are ranked.

  1. K♠K♣K♥J♦J♠
  2. AAAKK
  3. T♠T♦T♥6♣6♥
  4. AAA♠Q♠Q♥
  5. K♠K♣K♥Q♦Q♠

Can you rightly guess the order of the above full house hands? Hand ‘2’ will rank first because even though Hand ‘2’ and hand ‘4’ have three aces, hand ‘2’ has a pair of kings against hand ‘4’s queens. And king card being higher than queens, hand ‘2’ will rank first followed by hand ‘4.’

Next comes the three kings. Again two hands, hand ‘1’ and hand ‘5’ have kings. Hence the pair will be taken into consideration. Hand ‘5’ has a queen pair which is higher than hand ‘1’s jack pair, and hence hand ‘5’ will rank third and hand ‘1’ will rank fourth. Lastly, since the ten three of a kind is the lowest, it will rank lowest, i.e., fifth in this case.

If you noticed, in the above examples, we did not take the suits into account. That is because suits are not considered when deciding the strength of a full house. Like mentioned earlier, an aces full of kings is the best full house hand one can have. With aces full of kings, you can beat other full house hands, if any on the table.

Also remember, the triple, i.e., the three of a kind is considered before the pair in a full house hand. The pair is considered to be the kicker in a full house poker hand.

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How Does Full House Hand Compare To Other Poker Hands?

A full house poker hand ranks fourth on the poker hand rankings because of its rare probabilities. It is a pretty strong hand to have in a poker game. Only three other hands namely straight flush, four of a kind, and a royal flush are stronger than a Full House. On the contrary, a full house can beat five other hands which are lower than a full house. Additionally, a Full House rarely gets beaten on the river in Texas Hold’em poker.

There are only 3,744 potential full house hand combinations that can be made using a 52-card deck. Additionally, there are 156 unique full houses that can be made using combinations of different ranks.

Probabilities of Forming a Full House in Poker

Poker is a game where variance is high, and the dynamics of the game can change at every stage. Thus, the probabilities of making a full house at different stages, particularly preflop, flop, turn and river, change according to the dynamics of the game. We will consider the probabilities in Texas Hold’em as well as Pot Limit Omaha.

Probabilities of Forming a Full House in Texas Hold’em

In Texas Hold’em a player is dealt with two hole cards and five community cards are opened on the board in three stages, three cards on the flop, one on the turn and one on the river. Every player is expected to make the best five card hand using either both, one or none of the hole cards and remaining cards from the board. Following are the probabilities of forming a full house in Texas Hold’em at the different stages of the game:

The Pre-Flop Stage – Preflop there is a probability of 0.14% of making a full house, since any random five cards will open on the board from the deck of 52 cards.

On the Flop – There is 0.09% probability of making a full house hand on the flop, given that you are holding three of a kind and a pocket pair.

On the Turn – On the turn there is 12.77% probability of making a full house given you flopped a set.

On the River – Given that you hit a set on the turn, there is 19.57% probability of forming a full house on the river.

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Probabilities of Forming a Full House in Omaha

Unlike Texas Hold’em, in Omaha, a player is dealt with four hole cards. There are five community cards which open just like Texas Hold’em. The player is expected to form the best five card hand using minimum and maximum two cards compulsorily from his/her hole cards and three cards from the board. Here are the probabilities of making a full house preflop, on the flop, turn and river in Omaha:

The Pre-Flop Stage – Here there is a probability of 0.14% of making the best five card hand, since five cards will be randomly drawn from the deck consisting of 52 cards.

On the Flop – On the flop there are 0.65% chances of making a full house poker hand if you are holding three of a kind hand, that is three cards of the same rank.

On the Turn – There is a probability of 13.33% of making a full house poker hand on the turn if you are holding three of a kind.

On the River – Given that you hold three of a kind, there are 20.45% probabilities of forming a full house hand on the river.

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How to play a full house poker hand?

That being said, a full house is definitely a strong hand, however, one should not forget that there are three other hands that can beat a full house too. It is rare that you will hit a full house on the flop itself. If you do nothing like it, you can play confidently. However, if you don’t, you want to see the turn and river. Therefore, it is advised to limp towards the pot to see the turn and river for cheaper value. To limp means to bet the minimum amount to see the next card. Then as you move closer to the river and you have formed your full house, you can start playing aggressively. This is essentially because as mentioned earlier there are approximately 3,744 ways in which a player can make a full house. Thus, even if you are not dealt with the best hole cards, the later stages of the game can give you a full house hand on the flop, turn or river.

Conclusion:

Now that you know almost everything that there is to know about a full house poker hand, you can play and try your best strategies. But remember that even though a full house puts you in a strong position, there are two things you need to be mindful of. Firstly, in spite of being a strong hand there are three other hand rankings that can beat a full house. Secondly, there are several full house combinations that among itself. So, if you have a lower value full house you might want to play sparingly. Therefore, if you wish to make a full house poker hand, always aim at making the strongest full house possible.

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FAQ’s:

What is a full house hand in poker?

A full house is a set of the best five cards where three cards are of the same rank and the other two cards of a similar rank. In other words, a full house is a combination of three of a kind and one pair together. It is also known as full boat or a tight or a boat.

Is full house the best poker hand?

Full house is one of the strongest poker hands since it ranks fourth among the poker hand rankings. However, it is not the best hand, since stronger hands like royal flush, straight flush and four of a kind can beat a full house.

What if two players have a full house?

If two or more players have a full house the hand with higher ranking cards will win. For example, AAAQQ will win over KKKJJ. However, if the players have identical full house hands, the pot will be split equally among the players.

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