Understanding Full House in Poker With Proper Examples

Author : avnit shirke | Published On : 27 Apr 2021

Winning at poker is exciting. Especially, when you win poker using your skills and smart play. Imagine the host of the game announces your name as a winner. Do you know what would happen before this? It is the showdown.


Top players display their poker hands to see who has the strongest cards.


What are the Poker Hands?


There are ten types of poker hands. They are Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pairs, One Pair, and High Card starting from highest to lowest poker hand rankings.


Since this article is about Full House in Poker, let us delve into more details.


What is a Full House?

A full house in Poker is a combination of three cards of the same rank and two cards of the other rank. For Example, Cards A-A-A-K-K is a full house. It was easy to understand that three plus two similar cards make a full house. But what if two players in a game have a full house? Let us understand this with the help of examples.


Q) Player 1 has the cards A-A-A-K-K. Player 2 has the cards K-K-K-A-A. Which hand will win?

A) You must always consider the strongest three cards to judge a full house. In this case, player 1 is the winner because he has three aces. Player 2 has three kings and two aces but since we consider only the ‘three similar cards of same rank’ in a full house, player 1 is the winner. Three aces are powerful as compared to three kings, aren’t they?


Let us look at another example.

Q) Player 1 has the cards 2-2-2-3-3. Player 2 has the cards 3-3-3-2-2. Which hand will win?

A) Even if the cards look the same, you must always consider the three cards in a full house. The higher of the three cards is the winner. So, in this case, player 2 is the winner.


Let us look at the final example.

Q) Player 1 has the cards 7-7-7-3-3. Player 2 has the cards 5-5-5-K-K. Which hand will win?

A) Player 1 is the winner. There are two kings with player two, but they will still not be considered in a full house. Only the first three cards are valid. As seven is a bigger number when compared to five, the cards having fives are the winning hand. So, 7-7-7-3-3 won the poker hand rankings.


Hope you have understood what a full house in poker is. The above three examples should give you the ultimate clarity that three plus two cards of the same kind make a full house. Only three cards are used in deciding the winner.

Play poker with your friends for a better understanding of poker hands. You can also play online poker games to become a pro in calculating poker hands. Many websites host free as well as paid games. You can always choose the game you want to play and have some great fun.