FULL HOUSE-A full house (also referred to as a boat) is three of one kind and two of another. For someone to have a full house, at least a pair must appear on the board. There are several card combinations that allow you to have a full house. One is to have a pair of pocket cards that match one card on the board, and an unrelated pair also appears. A full house also occurs with two unmatched pocket cards when one matches a pair on the board and the other matches one of the other board cards. For example, you have two 4s as pocket cards and the board has 10, 10, 4, J, A (you have 4s full with 10s). Notice that in this case, you could lose to someone holding 10, A. They would have 10s full with Aces. That person could lose to someone with a pair of Jacks who would have Jacks full with 10s. When multiple players have full houses, the person with the highest three of a kind wins. The pair only comes into play when players have the same three of a kind. Given this board, a person holding A, 10 beats a player hold 10, J. Each player has 10s full, so the pairs play and the Aces beat the Jacks. A less common way to have a full house is when three of kind appears on the board and you hold a pair in the pocket. Again, if two or more people hold a pair in the pocket, the highest pair wins.

Full House Example

7 of Spades 5 of Spades 5 of Diamonds 5 of Spades 10 of Diamonds
7 of Clubs 7 of Spades      


Ace of Clubs Ace of Spades      


In the foregoing example the first player has a full house Sevens full of Fives. The third five is meaningless as far as his hand is concerned. The second player has a full house 5's full of Aces. The first player has the higher full house, the triplet set counting as the top end of the boat or full house.

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