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Full House Poker Hand: How to Make and Use It

Author: Daria Kordyukova
30 June 2021, 17:24
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According to lots of poker news articles, a full house is one of the most wanted combinations of the game. The secret is how to get together 5 community cards, where 3 of them are of the same number or face value and the other 2 are of another value or number. Read more about this combination below.

Full House Poker Hand: How to Make and Use It

Basic information about full house poker hand

Full house in poker is one of the most strong and unbeaten combinations. Besides, it is frequently used by Phil Ivey. A 5 cards union is called «hand». Higher-ranked hands before a full house are five of a kind, straight flush, and four of a kind. But in this article, we will find out more details about one of the rarest hands in the poker world. There are a few options for the combination. The greatest is Aces full of Kings, where 3 cards are Aces and the other 2 are Kings. However, even the lowest hands of a full house in poker can save a game session in your favor. If you can make it and count all of your next steps, it will show your high skill score.

In poker, players have 5 cards, each of these combinations is a special hand. How to collect and how to use these cards is very significant knowledge and one of the main rules. Without knowing this information, your game will be ended as soon as it was started. Each hand has a rank, so now we are going to calculate what rank has a poker full house and is it really that needed.

This hand isn’t just a strong one, but also a rare one. The chance of getting needed five cards is so low. But a gamer will be so lucky if there is already a pair on the flop. The level of feasible success has been grown. 

Three ways to build a full house in poker

  • On collective cards.
  1. Aim to go all-in, representing a strong hand. It must be a hope that an opponent will give up. But an opponent’s starter doesn’t allow collecting a winning combination (four of a kind or overfull).
  2. Act very carefully with a fear of the stronger hand of an opponent. It can be seen on a pre-flop.
  • With one pocket card.

If there’s a possibility that the opponent has made a full as you, it can be slightly difficult. It can be possible if there’re 2 pairs on the board with one of which a hole card makes a set.

  • With two pocket cards.

A high-ranked combination that is rarely overtaken by stronger ones. The chance of building it with a pocket pair preflop is 1%. In a situation like that, it’s necessary to make a set.

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What makes poker full house full?

There are 3744 combinations of a full house in poker from a 52-card deck. The first three cards in a hand make a full house the most powerful or the weakest one. For instance, Aces full will be better than Kings full. Even if the last pair of two is Aces.

The chance of making a successful full house also depends on a kind of poker game. For example, it’s more possible to get this hand of a high rank while playing Omaha than Texas hold’em.

There’re a few variations of forming this hand in a Texas hold’em:

  • A pocket pair with a common three on the game table.
  • Two cards of different ranks plus three community cards. A pocket one matches a common pair, and another makes a two with a community card.
  • One pocket card plus four common ones.
  • Five community cards: pair and three cards on the table. The main is the most high-ranked pocket card.

Probability score of a full house in hold’em:

  • Preflop – 0.14% (5 cards are randomly drawn from a complete 52 card deck).
  • Flop – 0.09% (pocket pair and a three of a kind).
  • Turn – 12.77% (from a set on the flop).

River – 19.57% (from a set on the turn).

Probability score of a full house in Omaha:

  • Preflop – 0.14% (5 cards are randomly drawn from a complete 52 card deck).
  • Flop – 0.65% (a set on the hands).
  • Turn – 13.33% (a set on the hands).
  • River – 20.45% (a set on the hands).

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Frequently asked questions

What is a full house in poker?

It’s a group of five cards, which contains three cards of one high rank and two cards of another rank. 

Does a full house beat a straight in poker?

A straight is a combination of the strongest group of hands. However, if we talk about standard rankings, a full house is stronger than a straight.

What beats a full house in poker?

This combination may be beaten by stronger hands: royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind.

Does a flush beat a full house in poker?

Flush is less common than a full house in poker. So it is obvious that the first hand is weaker than the second one. But straight flush or royal flush are ranked higher.

What does a full house look like in poker?

The union of five cards. 3 belong to the highest rank and 2 of them have a lower rank.


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