What is ‘Aces Up’?
Aces Up is an alternative name for the term more commonly known as Aces Over. However, whereas Aces Over can be represented by a Two Pair AND a Full House hand, Aces Up only refers to a pair of Aces that makes an appearance in a two-pair result.
An example hand of Aces up would look like this A,A,8,8,5. The result is a two-pair led by aces with the fifth card left redundant unless the same hand is left on the deck by an opponent, then the value of the fifth card would determine the winner.
‘Aces Up’ Explained
Although the official term for drawing a hand such as A,A,8,8,5 would be a ‘two pair’, Poker terminology deems it an Aces Up hand as the Aces represent the highest possible pairing no matter what pair it is connected with. Aces Up with Kings and the Queen kicker (A,A,K,K,Q) represents the highest Aces Up hand available. The addition of either an Ace or King as the kicker would turn the hand into a full house whereas the Queen represents the next possible highest card left in the deck without changing the name of the hand.
For example A,A,K,K,Q would beat the hand A,A,K,K,9 because of the Queen’s higher ranking value in Poker although both still represent an Aces Up hand.
Aces Up is often called as an end to a play if for example you call a player and they lay down T,9 with T,9,6,4,2 on the deck. You then call Aces Up and the player with the T,9 two pair immediately knows they are beaten. It is viewed as a slightly more polite way of claiming the pot than laying your aces down.