Three of a Kind
Three of a Kind
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Three of a kind poker

The core concept of poker revolves around making the best hand and beating your opponents with them. There are various combinations that you can make with your dealt cards in poker. These hand combinations determine your chances of winning or losing the game. Some of them are Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, and Three of a Kind. There are ten hand combinations that are ranked according to their order of value in poker. Some of them are highly uncommon and strong as winning over them is highly impossible. Three of a Kind is one hand ranking in poker that has low chances of making it to the showdown. Let’s understand it better.


what is three of a kind in poker

Three of a Kind is a poker hand combination of five cards in which three of them are of the same rank and the other two cards are different. This is not a very effective poker hand though but can beat Two pair, One pair, and High Card hand combinations. This hand ranking is also known as a Set or Trips. You can find this hand ranking above the Two Pair and below Straight on the list of the best hand rankings in poker. 8, 8, 8, 5, 3 is an example of Three of a Kind.

Three Of A Kind Poker Rules

In Texas Holdem, every player is dealt with seven cards on the table. There are two hole cards which are also known as private cards and are not revealed by the players. The remaining five cards are the community cards which are common for all the players and are dealt on the table.

The players use five of the seven cards to form the best possible combination to win the game. These hand combinations are also known as hand rankings that rank different combinations in chronological order as per their relevance. The highest or the most valuable of them is the Royal Flush. Three of a Kind hand ranking is not considered to be a powerful hand as per the poker hand rules. To get familiar with this hand ranking, learn the following rules:

  • This hand is made with three cards (known as triplets) of the same rank and two cards of different value (known as the kickers).
  • Suits are irrelevant in this type of hand ranking which means the three equal cards can be of any suit, only the value of the card should be the same.
  • This hand can be beaten by the Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, and Straight.
  • Though it does not hold a very good rank on the list of hand rankings, this hand can beat a Two Pair, One Pair, and High Card at the showdown.
  • The rank of the triplets is ranked first and then the rank of the other two cards is valued.
  • In case of a tie between two players, the rank of the fourth card and subsequently the fifth card after that are compared to decide the winner of the game.
  • A, A, A, K, Q is the highest possible three of a kind.


odds of a three of a kind in poker

When you become a regular poker player, then you understand the importance of poker probabilities. In Texas Holdem, you can make this hand ranking on different betting rounds.

The possibilities of making a three of a kind are as follows:


2.1128% (when 5 cards are drawn at random from a 52-card deck)


11.8% (while you are holding a pocket pair)


4.26% (while you are holding a pocket pair)


4.35% (while you are holding a pocket pair)

Three of a kind may not be the best hand ranking but you can give your best shot even with this kind of hand and make an inevitable win as poker is highly unpredictable. So, keep trying your hands with us. Click on the 'Play Now' button and be entertained right from the beginning.