Sets and Trips

It is important for players to know that there is a clear difference between sets and between trips. Sets and trips alike are certainly good hands, so it is worth playing them with aggression, but also caution. It is extremely easy to get caught up in the moment and end up playing against a much bigger and better hand.


The odds of flopping a set in hold-em is 7.5:1. This hand is when the player has a pocket pair and the same card value flops giving three of a kind. A lot of players over play their set, as they automatically think they are going to be the winner. It is always important to see if there are any draws or any possible hands that have been made like straights or flushes, as they will beat a set. If this is the case, then the player will need to get a full house to win the hand.


Getting trips is when a player sees two cards on the board that match one of the cards they are holding. For instance you are holding A8 and the flop comes down T88, you will have trips. This is only likely to happen around 1.4% of the time, so do not hold out for it!

Although trips is an extremely strong hand, playing it correctly can be difficult. Getting a large pot could mean slow playing, although the hand could easily be weakened as the board draws more cards, so be extremely cautious if an odd bet suddenly arises from an opponent. Play them similar to a set but remember if someone else has TT based on the flop mentioned above, your 8's will have created a full house for them.

Like creating a set, players should be cautious of hands that could easily beat them. For instance, if the flop comes down with two suited cards, then it could be that an opponent is waiting on the third to create a flush. A similar situation might occur with cards to create a straight. If they manage to create these hands, then they will beat you. Try and play aggressively on these flops to get out anyone looking for a cheap win.