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Who wins the hand?!

12 June 2008, By:

Hi there

There is three fours and two threes on the table, There are only two players left, one has a three and a six, and the other has an ace and a queen, who wins?

Player 1: 6-3
Player 2: A-Q
Board: 4-4-4-3-3



Hi Jose

Wow, what a board! Yes, sometimes it's tricky to figure out who wins the hand. What you need to remember is that each player can use five cards, and five cards only when they put together their five card poker hand.

In this particular case you should also remember that when you compare two full houses, the one with the "best three-of-a-kind" wins.

Comparing two full houses

For example, 4-4-4-3-3 beats 4-4-3-3-3. Actually, 4-4-4-3-3 would even beat K-K-3-3-3, since three fours beat three threes.

So, in your example, what are the best five card hands that the two players can put together?

Figure out their best five card hands

Well, the guy with A-Q is obviously "playing the board". His best possible hand is 4-4-4-3-3. If he wants to use the ace, for example, his best hand would be a three-of-a-kind: 4-4-4-A-Q.

The guy with 6-3 has two ways to build a full house, either 4-4-4-3-3 or 4-4-3-3-3 by using the three from his hand. But, as we saw above, 4-4-4-3-3 is the better of these two poker hands.


To conclude, both players use all five board cards in their five card hand. As a consequence, they both have exactly the same hand and they split the pot equally between them. The rest of the cards have no influence at all.

I wonder in what order the board cards might have come out for both guys to stay in the hand until the showdown. Probably 4-3-3/4/4?

Let's take further discussions in the Poker Forum!

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