What is a ‘Full House’?
A full house is the fourth best hand in a game of poker below royal flush, straight flush and four of a kind. It consists of three cards of one rank, such as three jacks, and two cards of rank, such as two twos. It makes no difference what the suit of the card is, but the higher the worth of the cards, the more valuable the full house. A full house with three kings and two aces wins over a full house with three tens and two queens.
‘Full House’ Explained
The probability of getting a hand better than a full house is very low. Wizard of Odds state that in a 5-card game there are 4 combinations of a royal flush, 36 combinations of a straight flush, 624 combinations of a four of a kind, but 3,744 combinations of a full house. The main worry for a player with a full house would be whether his opponent had a full house of a higher value. If he has a three ace, two king full house, he may as well as well go for it.
If you are playing a variation of poker where the dealer places cards face up on the table, such as Texas Hold ‘Em, the probability of getting a hand above a full house is higher. In a seven stud game, for example, there are 4,324 combinations of a royal flush. A full house would still be a great hand, but the player would have to tread a lot more carefully. A player may even decide to fold on a full house if he sees the possibility of another player making a royal flush, straight flush or four of a kind.
If a player thinks his full house stands a great chance of winning, he should continue betting as normal. If the other players get a whiff of the fact he has a great hand, they will either fold or call his cards. He may still win money but probably nowhere near as much as he could have if he had played more sensibly.