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Thirty Miles

What is ‘Thirty Miles’?

‘Thirty miles’ is poker slang for a hand containing three 10s, and also for any triple set of 10s making a three of a kind hand. A player might refer to ’30 miles’ as their declared hand for the showdown, indicating a three of a kind hand. A player might also say that they held ’30 miles’ before the draw and made it into ’40 miles’ – they held three of a kind and drew the fourth 10 to make quads.

‘Thirty Miles’ Explained

In poker, there are lots of different nicknames for the cards in the game. Some of these refer to the single cards and their value – for example, cards with a value of 10 are sometimes called ‘bucks’ and the kings are often called ‘knights’ or ‘cowboys‘. Other names relate to combinations of cards, or to the different suits those cards belong to.

If a player says that they held ’30 miles’, they mean they had a set of three 10s. They might also simply call the set ’30’ – three multiplied by 10. A set of three ten cards is a good hand to hold – triples beat pairs and two pairs, and 10 is one of the higher valued cards so it will also beat any lower three of a kind, such as 9-9-9. Players are likely to bet on this hand rather than fold it, especially if made before the draw when it has even more chance of improvement.

A triple hand of tens can be kept and improved in two ways – the player can find the other ten to make ‘quads’, or four of a kind, or they can pick up a pair and make the full house hand. ‘Thirty miles’ is therefore a strong hand to find and even if it is made just before the showdown, it has a fair chance of taking the pot unless a straight or flush has been made by an opponent.