Definition of Trips

What does the term "trips" mean in poker? What is the definition of the term "trips"?

Many people think that the terms "set" and "trips" can be used interchangeably. In fact, they mean two different things.

This is a "set" - you are holding pocket Sevens and the flop brings 7-Q-K. In this case, you would have a set of Sevens. With a set, you are holding a pair and one of the remaining two cards appears on the board.

Definition of poker term Trips - what does it meanThis is "trips" - you are holding A-7 and the flop brings 7-7-Q. In this case, you would have "trip Sevens" but not a set of Sevens.

The key difference? It is impossible for another player to have a set of Sevens as well, while another player could certainly also have "trip" Sevens.

For instance - let's say that you are holding J-J and the board comes Jh-9s-3d. You have the absolute nuts at this point - nothing can beat you unless somebody sucks out on the turn or river.

However, let's say that you are holding J-K and the flop comes Jh-Js-3d. In this case, your hand is extremely strong but not the nuts. Your opponent could be holding J-A (for Trip Jacks with a stronger kicker), 3-3 or even J-3.


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