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Three of Kind Poker Hand Ranking


Three of Kind consists of three cards of two side cards and three cards of a similar rank. The player with the highest kicker triumphs in the situation of a draw. The player with the highest second kicker wins if the kicker is similar.

Three of a kind is the 6th on the list poker hand rankings. It is stronger than Two Pair and lesser than Straight and all other higher cards.

Set vs Trips

What is the difference between the “set” and “trips”? A set is having a pocket pair and getting a third on the flop. For example, you have a pair of 1010♣ in your hand, which is matched with another 10 on the board. Trips is having one card in your hand, such as a seven, and getting two more on the flop. For example, there is a pair of 9 on board 996♠, and you hold another 9♣ in your hand.

Three of a Kind Hand variations

What are the possibilities of 3 of a Kind hands combinations in a 52 card deck? Can you believe that there are 54,912 possible Three of a Kind hand ranking combinations and 858 distinct ranks of Three if a Kind hand ranks.

Few examples of Three of a kind are given below,






As I mentioned above the player with the highest kicker triumphs in the situation of a draw. Find out the highest ranking hands from the below-given examples,






Three of a Kind Hand Probabilities

The probability of getting Three of a Kind is calculated as below.

There are 2,598,960 unique poker hands. Of those, 54,912 are three of a kind. Therefore, the probability of being dealt three of a kind (P3) is:

P3 = 54,912 / 2,598,960 = 0.021128451138  

In stud poker, players get three of a kind about one time in every 47 deals.


 The Poker Hands Ranking are listed below,

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