Split Pots (Full House and Two Pair)

Full House Situations

A full house is made up of three-of-a-kind and a pair. In this boat...
Ace of Diamonds Ace of Spades Ace of Hearts Nine of Clubs Nine of Spades
...the three-of-a-kind is the three aces, and the pair is the two nines. When determining who wins when multiple players have a full house, you compare the rank of the three-of-a-kind. Whoever has the highest ranked set wins. If players tie for the highest ranked three-of-a-kind, then you evaluate the rank of the pair. Here are some examples...


Consider the following hand...
Nine of Diamonds Nine of Spades Nine of Hearts Six of Clubs Six of Spades
"Nines full of Sixes" beats "Sixes Full of Nines".
Six of Clubs Six of Spades Six of Hearts Nine of Hearts Nine of Spades


Consider the following hand...
Three of Diamonds Three of Spades Three of Hearts Two of Clubs Two of Spades
"Threes full of Twos" beats "Twos full of Aces".
Two of Clubs Two of Spades Two of Hearts Ace of Clubs Ace of Spades


Consider the following hand...
Jack of Spades Nine of Spades Jack of Hearts Nine of Clubs Jack of Clubs
"Jacks full of Nines" beats "Jacks full of Eights".
Eight of Diamonds Jack of Spades Jack of Hearts Eight of Clubs Jack of Clubs



Two Pair Situations

When multiple players have two pair, you evaluate who has the highest ranked single pair first. If those tie, then evaluate the other pair. If those both tie, you use the last card as a kicker (check out our page on kickers). Some examples...
Ace of Diamonds Ace of Spades Two of Hearts Two of Clubs King of Clubs
"Aces and Twos" beats "Kings and Queens"
King of Diamonds King of Clubs Queen of Hearts Queen of Clubs Ace of Spades


Consider the following hand...
Jack of Diamonds Queen of Spades King of Hearts Queen of Clubs King of Clubs
"Kings and Queens" beats "Kings and Jacks".
Jack of Diamonds Queen of Spades King of Hearts Jack of Clubs King of Clubs


Consider the following hand...
Ten of Diamonds Five of Spades Nine of Hearts Ten of Clubs Five of Clubs
"Tens and Fives, Nine Kicker" beats "Tens and Fives, Seven Kicker".
Five of Spades Ten of Diamonds Seven of Hearts Ten of Clubs Five of Clubs

In holdem you have to be careful with two pair, as it can be deceptively weak. We discuss this on this two pair page.

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