The topic of this publication Three of a kind is a poker hand consisting of three cards of identical value and two cards of any other value. This card set has a peculiar classification into two options – these are Set and Trips. Both of these meanings are used for the name of the Troika, but only under different circumstances for collecting the combination. Let’s find out how and how exactly they differ from each other.Collage: My Lucky StoryIn the article, we will also find out what is the probability of making a set or trips made hand in the most common poker variations such as Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Poker Draw. Set and Trips in Poker – Differences Let’s start with a Set – a combination of a Three of a Kind, which is made up of a pocket Pair and one community card of the same denomination on the board. The main bonus of such a set is that the opponents do not see the Set, since the Pair is in the player’s starting hand. And if they don’t read you, you can play the game well. Suppose the board is King, Six, Ace, Nine, Three of a Kind, you have a pocket Pair of Sixes, and your opponent has a King and Ace, he will be confident in his superiority with a Pair of Kings and a Pair of Aces, but the victory will go to the Set of Sixes . Now let’s discuss Trips – this is also a three, but assembled differently. Trips are made up of a Pair that came to the board as part of the community cards and one card of the same value as part of the player’s starting hand. Thus, the rest of the participants can assume that the opponent has this combination. And this complicates the more profitable draw of such a Three. Consider the example – on the table there are five community cards from Seven, Ten, Queen and two Aces. Your next pocket cards are an Ace and a King, and your opponent has a Pair of Kings. The opponent, seeing two Aces on the board, will most likely admit the possibility of having another ace in your hand, which means he will avoid large bets and raises. That is, it will not be easy to increase the pot optimally, the opponent may decide to fold. And the third version of the Three is a combination of common cards on the table, that is, three cards of the same value on the board. This is the case when the Troika belongs to all the remaining members of the party. In this case, the game bank is divided equally. Probability of Getting a Three of a Kind in Poker Let’s find out with what probability a player can get a Three of a Kind in different varieties of poker. Note that the statistics show us the following fact – Three comes out about once in 46 card hands. In different types of games and on different trading streets, the odds also vary. In Texas Hold’em: With a pocket pair, you have a 10.9 percent chance of hitting a Three of a Kind on the flop, 3.8 percent on the turn, and eight percent on the river. In Omaha Poker, a pair in the starting hand preflop gives the player an 11 percent chance of hitting a Three of a Kind on the street of the flop. With two pair preflop, the odds increase to 22 percent; two cards of equal value on flop street is a 4.6 percent improvement on the turn and nearly nine percent improvement on the river. In the case when the pair came to the turn gives 4.6 percent to get the missing third card on the last street. In Draw Poker, in the case of replacing all cards, the probability of collecting a Three of a Kind is two percent; when exchanging four cards, the chances increase by half a percent; having received a pair and exchanging only three cards, the player with a probability of already 12.5 percent will collect a full-fledged combination in the future. In Stud Poker with a Pair on Third Street, the player has four and a half percent to improve on the next round; A pair on number five street gives six percent to a possible gain; A pair on the sixth is eight percent for a full-fledged Three in the further game. How to Play Three of a Kind in Poker As with other poker hands, a Three of a Kind needs strategies to play it correctly. We bring to your attention the main tips from professional players. If you got a pocket pair preflop, you should call and wait for the third card in the future. If you assume that the opponent got strong cards, and the community cards have a low value and the out you need, while you, for example, have Jacks, we resort to slowplay so as not to frighten off the opponent’s confidence. Carefully increase the pot by provoking your opponent to bet. Summing up, we learned that Set and Trips are varieties of the same combination, namely Threes. Their difference lies in the way in which the Troika is assembled. The probability of getting this combination in your hands is quite high, and if you play it correctly, you can get your value and win.