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Three of a Kind

The difference between a set and trips

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Apr 15, 2011

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Many studies in psychology have dealt with the relationship between thought and language. One generally accepted conclusion from these studies is that it is difficult, if not impossible, to think about something for which there is no word in your vocabulary or language. Supposedly, Eskimos have 20 different words for snow. This enables them to think about a variety of types of snow, and to develop strategies for dealing with them. Those of us who live in Las Vegas don’t have a lot of words for snow, because we seldom have to deal with it. Beginning players who have just learned the hand rankings know that three of a kind is better than two pair and worse than a straight. They also learn that if two players have three of a kind, the higher three of a kind beats the lower one. Players who play draw or stud poker don’t ...


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