# Two Pair in Poker: Hand Ranking

As the name suggests, a two pair is a combination of cards when you have two pairs of the same value. For example, in A♠️A♥️10♦️10♣️9♦️you have two pairs, a pair of aces and a pair of 10s. Two pair is the 8th most powerful hand in poker. It ranks just above one pair and right below three-of-a-kind. - Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four of a kind
- Full House
- Flush
- Straight
- Three of kind
**Two pair**- One pair
- High card

**What is Two Pair in Poker?**

As mentioned above, two pair is a combination that has 2 one-pairs in it. The biggest two pair that you can have is 2 aces and 2 kings while the smallest is 2 threes and 2 twos.

If two players have the same two pairs, then the one with the bigger kicker will decide the winner. For example:

Player 1: A♠️A♣️K♥️K♦️10♦️

Player 2: A♥️A♦️K♣️K♠️5♦️

Player 1 will win the because they have a bigger kicker - 10♦️> 5♦️

**How Does a Two Pair Hand Rank?**

There are a total of 1,23,552 combinations of two pair hands that you can make in poker. Here are a few examples:

A♠️A♣️K♥️K♦️10♦️

9♠️9♣️5♥️5♦️2♦️

J♠️J♣️7♥️7♦️A♦️

4♥️4♦️Q♣️Q♠️9♣️

**How Does a Two Pair Hand Match Up?**

Two pair is the 8th best poker hand but that does not mean it is not good. The probability of having a two is less than 5% and this is what makes it a good hand to have. It ranks above a one pair and below a three-of-a-kind.

**Two Pair Poker Probabilities**

**Hold'em Probabilities**

Poker game heavily relies on probability. The lesser the probability of having a hand, the greater is its power. Here’s the probability of all the hands in poker:

**Hand** | **Probability ** |

Royal Flush | 0.000154% |

Straight Flush | 0.00139% |

Four of a kind | 0.02401% |

Full House | 0.1441% |

Flush | 0.1965% |

Straight | 0.3925% |

three-of-a-kind | 2.1128% |

**Two pair ** | **4.75359%** |

One pair | 42.2569% |

High card | 50.1177% |

The probability of having a two pair increases if you already have a pair as hole cards:

**Pair as hole cards** | **Probability** |

From flop to turn | 6.4% |

From turn to river | 6.5% |

From flop to river | 12% |

**Pot Limit Omaha Probabilities**

**Phase** | **Two pair probability** |

Pre-flop | 4.75% |

Flop (when you have a pocket pair) | 16.7% |

Turn (when you have a pocket pair) | 19.5% |

River (when you have a pocket pair) | 20% |

## FAQ

### 1. Who wins if two people have two pair?

If two players have two pair, then the one with a higher pair wins. For example, the player with a pair of aces beats a player with a pair of kings, and so on. If two players have the same two pair, then the kicker decides the winner.

### 2. What does 2 pair beat in poker?

As per poker rules a two pair beats one pair, and a high card in poker.

### 3. Does two pair beat three-of-a-kind?

Two pair ranks below three-of-a-kind in poker hand rankings as the probability of getting a two pair is higher than getting the other. So, a two pair does not beat a three-of-a-kind.