Definition of three of a kind

At poker, a three of a kind is a hand consisting of three cards of the same value. If you have AA in your hand on A-5-8, you have a three of a kind. A three of a kind is a very strong hand that will win on pot-abattage most of the time. When two players have the same three of a kind, the sidekick will determine the winner of the pot. For example, on a 5-5-7-2-8 board, the player with A5 will win the hand against a player who would have 5-6 or K5 with his ace sidekick.

Three of kind, set and three of a kind

In French, 3 cards of the same value is a three of a kind. In English, we distinguish the "three of a kind" from the "set". The "three of a kind" is when we share the possibility of the three of a kind with the other players at the table while the "set" is exclusive to us. For example, if flop is A-A-5, two players can have the ace for a three of a kind, so it's an "three of a kind" because the three of kind uses two of the community cards. But if you have AA in your hand on A-5-2, now you are certain to be the only player at the table with a three of a kind of aces. Since you have a three of a kind using a pair in your hand, you will be considered to have a "set". A "set" is theoretically a stronger three of a kind than an "three of a kind".



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