**Yes, a straight does indeed beat three of a kind**, and a straight can also beat the following hands:

**High card:** A♠, K♦, 8♣, 7♥, 3♦

**One pair:** 10♠, 10♦, Q♣, 7♥, 4♠

**Two pair:** K♠, K♦, 3♣, 3♥, 8♠

**Three of a kind:** 7♠, 7♦, 7♣, Q♥, 2♠

**Examples of poker hands from strongest to weakest:**

**Royal flush:** 10♠, J♠, Q♠, K♠, A♠

**Straight flush:** 4♠, 5♠, 6♠, 7♠, 8♠

**Four of a kind:** 9♠, 9♦, 9♣, 9♥, 2♠

**Full house:** Q♠, Q♦, Q♣, 3♥, 3♠

**Flush:** A♠, J♠, 8♠, 4♠, 2♠

**Straight:** 5♠, 6♦, 7♣, 8♥, 9♠

**Three of a kind:** 7♠, 7♦, 7♣, Q♥, 2♠

**Two pair:** K♠, K♦, 3♣, 3♥, 8♠

**One pair:** 10♠, 10♦, Q♣, 7♥, 4♠**High card:** A♠, K♦, 8♣, 7♥, 3♦

**Expected occurrences of straights and three of a kind in 10,000 hands:**

**Three of a kind probability:** about 2.1128% ≈ 211 times

**Straight probability:** about 0.3925% ≈ 39 times

A straight consists of five consecutive cards, like 5♠, 6♦, 7♣, 8♥, 9♠, while three of a kind is three cards of the same rank, like 7♠, 7♦, 7♣.

**Survey data from 3,000 players:**

Number of players | Three of a kind satisfaction rating | Straight satisfaction rating | Expected three of a kind occurrences | Expected straight occurrences |
---|---|---|---|---|

Players 1-100 |
5.91 |
5.20 | 213.58 | 38.69 |

Players 101-200 |
5.21 | 5.05 | 214.14 | 39.91 |

Players 201-300 |
4.86 | 5.27 | 211.90 | 39.36 |

Players 301-400 |
5.79 | 5.40 | 211.23 | 39.85 |

Players 401-500 |
5.38 | 6.08 | 211.69 | 40.06 |

Poker players’ ratings for three of a kind range from **4.86 to 5.91**, averaging around 5. Ratings for straights range from **5.05 to 6.08**, with players 401-500 giving straights a rating of 6.08. In 10,000 hands, the expected number of three of a kind occurrences ranges from **211 to 214**, while for straights, it’s lower, between **38 and 40**.

**Three of a kind**, also known as “set” or “trips,” for example, 7♠, 7♦, 7♣, Q♥, 2♠, gives a player a win rate of about **70%**. In Texas Hold’em, if your starting hand is a pair, like 7♠, 7♦, the probability of hitting three of a kind on the flop is about **11.8%**. Medium pairs, like 8♣, 8♥ or 9♦, 9♠, also have an 11.8% chance of hitting three of a kind on the flop. Small pairs, like 3♠, 3♦ or 4♣, 4♥, also have about an 11.8% chance, for example, with a starting hand of 4♠, 4♦.

A **straight**, consisting of five consecutive cards like 5♠, 6♦, 7♣, 8♥, 9♠, gives a player a win rate of about **80%**. In Texas Hold’em, if your starting hand is two high consecutive cards, like 10♠, J♦, the probability of forming a straight is about **0.5%**. For middle cards, like 6♣, 7♥ or 7♦, 8♠, the probability is about **0.45%**. For low consecutive cards, like 3♠, 4♦ or 4♣, 5♥, the probability is about **0.4%**, for example, with a starting hand of 3♠, 4♦.

**Probabilities of other hands:**

**Flush:** Starting hand (e.g., A♠, 10♠) forming a flush is about **6.5%**.

**Full house:** Starting hand forming a full house is about **0.14%**.

**Four of a kind:** Starting hand forming four of a kind is about **0.024%**.

**Straight flush:** Starting hand (e.g., 8♠, 9♠) forming a straight flush is about **0.027%**.

**Royal flush:** Starting hand (e.g., 10♠, J♠) forming a royal flush is about **0.000154%**.

**Two pair:** Starting hand forming two pair is about **4.75%**.

**One pair:** Starting hand forming one pair is about **42.3%**.

**High card:** Starting hand forming a high card is about **50.1%**.