Winning Poker Hands: Aces Full and Full House

Poker has very interesting terms for some of its many combinations of hands. For the beginner, sometimes these terms simply don’t make any sense, and most times as not, they have names which are easily confused. That’s because some of the named hands will have actual names of the cards in them, such as the hand ‘Aces Full’.

Naturally with a hand called Aces Full, you’d certainly expect some aces in there, but how many and what the remaining cards are can be a mystery to the novice. A player who says they have aces full simply means that they have a full house which consists of three aces and a pair of any other cards.

As an example, A-A-A-10-10 would be aces full of tens. A player whose hand holds a full house which is made up of three aces and a pair will beat out all other full houses.

A full house will beat any hand holding a pair, two pair, three of a kind, a straight or a flush. It will only lose to a hand consisting of four of a kind, a straight flush and a royal flush. If two players have a full house, then the winner would be the player who is holding the highest three of a kind.

If it should happen that two players have the same three of a kind, then the player with the highest pair is considered the winner. As an example, if you had aces full of three A-A-A-3-3, and your opponent’s hand held kings full of tens K-K-K-10-10, you would win because your hand is higher, since three aces rank higher than three kings.

Another good example using the game holdem, if you held pocket aces and the flop showed A-Q-Q-3-5 you would also have a full house. This would be due to the fact you have the two aces as your hole cards making the three of a kind, and the five community cards which hold the two queens, which together make up your full house.

Statistics show that the odds are 693 to 1 against you being dealt a full house before the draw. With a four of a kind, which is what it takes next in rank to beat a full house, the odds are 4,164 to 1 to you being dealt this hand before the draw. If you really want to blow a full house out of the water, and show someone you know Lady Luck personally, pull out a straight flush at an incredible 64,973 to 1 odds.