What is a Full House in Poker?

Full House
Full House

A Full House is the third best possible hand out of all thepoker hands. It is a combination of five cards, where three are of the same rank, and the other two are of another rank.

What does a Full House look like?

A Full House is basically a combination of a Three of a Kind and a Pair. You can find some examples right here:

  1. A♠, A♥, A♣, Q♥, Q♦
  2. J♦, J♣, J♠, 2♠, 2♥
  3. 10♣, 10♠, 10♥, A♦, A♠
  4. 4♥, 4♠, 4♦, K♠, K♥

How does a Full House rank?

The Full House is towards the higher end of the poker hands list. It is not the best poker hand but it does provide a great value and will end up the winning hand in most cases. It is weaker than a Straight Flush and Four of a Kind, but stronger than a Flush.

What Beats Full House?

Rank Hand Names Example Hand Description
1 Royal Flush
10
suit-hearts
J
suit-hearts
Q
suit-hearts
K
suit-hearts
A
suit-hearts
10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all in the same suit.
2 Straight Flush
4
suit-clubs
5
suit-clubs
6
suit-clubs
7
suit-clubs
8
suit-clubs
Five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
3 Four of a Kind
10
suit-hearts
7
suit-diamonds
7
suit-clubs
7
suit-hearts
7
suit-spades
The same card in each of the four suits.
4 Full House
K
suit-diamonds
K
suit-hearts
K
suit-clubs
J
suit-hearts
J
suit-diamonds
A pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
5 Flush
6
suit-hearts
8
suit-hearts
Q
suit-hearts
3
suit-hearts
10
suit-hearts
Five cards, all in one suit, but not in numerical order.
6 Straight
10
suit-diamonds
9
suit-spades
8
suit-hearts
7
suit-spades
6
suit-spades
Five cards in numerical order, but not of the same suit.
7 Three of a Kind
2
suit-clubs
J
suit-hearts
K
suit-clubs
K
suit-hearts
K
suit-diamonds
Three of one card and two non-paired cards.
8 Two Pair
Q
suit-diamonds
4
suit-hearts
4
suit-diamonds
A
suit-spades
A
suit-diamonds
Two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.
9 One Pair
7
suit-clubs
8
suit-clubs
Q
suit-hearts
5
suit-clubs
5
suit-spades
One pairing of the same card.
10 High Card
2
suit-hearts
3
suit-clubs
7
suit-diamonds
Q
suit-diamonds
K
suit-hearts
No matching cards.

The rank of a Full House is given by the value of the three matching cards. For example, a hand with Q♠-Q♣-Q♦-2♦-2♥ is stronger than 4♣-4♦-4♥-A♣-A♦, even if each one is a Full House and the latter has a pair of Aces.

In a scenario where two players have the same Three of a Kind, the pair is then consulted to determine the winner.

How should you play a Full House in Hold’em?

Due its use in modern pop culture, a Full House is often assumed by beginner poker players to be a stronger hand than it actually is.

It may well be a strong hand, and it is, but it still ranks lower than a Royal Flush, Straight Flush, and Four of a Kind - so be wary.

Hitting a Full House on the flop is rare so usually you land Three of a Kind or a Two Pair on the flop, and then acquire the remaining cards on the turn and river.

How you play a Full House depends on how many people are in the hand and how strong you suspect their hand to be.

Limping into a pot is probably the best approach to adopt. You can then become more aggressive as the pot grows.

One advantage of the Full House is that it can come in many combinations so you can often sneak in under the radar if you’re slow playing your hand.

This is particularly the case if high value cards are on the flop, turn, or river.

Full House Probabilities

When playing Texas Hold'em with a standard deck of 52 cards, a Full House can be obtained in 3,744 different ways. With seven cards available, there is a chance of 2.60% to make a Full House.

Below, we will focus on the odds of being dealt a Full House on the flop. Meaning a player will have five cards – consisting of their two hole cards and the three flop cards.

Number of ways to draw the hand (not including different suits) Number of ways to draw the hand (including different suits) Odds of getting a Full House Probability of getting a Full House
156 3,744 1 / 693.17 0.1441%

The odds of being dealt a Full House on the flop is only the tip of the iceberg. For more on odds, including the probability of winning any given hand on the flop, turn, and/or river, have a play with our poker odds calculator.

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FAQS

What is a Full House in poker?

A Full House is made out of five cards where three of them are of the same value, and the remaining two are of another matching value. It looks like Q-Q-Q-3-3. Other terms used for a Full House include "full boat", "boat", and "full hand".

Does a Flush beat a Full House?

No, a Flush does not beat a Full House. A Full House is only beaten by a Four of a Kind, Straight Flush and Royal Flush.

What beats a Full House?

A Full House will lose to a Straight Flush and to Four of a Kind in any confrontation. The hand can also lose to a higher-ranking Full House, determined by the rank of the three matching cards. In a scenario where two players have the same Three of a Kind, the pair is then consulted to determine the winner.

What can a Full House beat?

It can beat a fair amount of good poker hands, including a Flush, a Straight, and all the other lower poker hand values.

Can you win with a Full House?

Yes, the Full House is the preferred hand by many players and is often played very aggressively. It can occur frequently enough and it has the strength needed to beat plenty of other poker hands. In particular, it is rarely beat on the river. In Texas Hold'em, the community cards that can help make a Full House often encourage betting by multiple players.

Which Full House is strongest?

The strongest full house hand you can get is Aces over Kings where the player holds three Aces and two Kings.