This question has probably been asked before, but just to be clear here, I am NOT asking for the answer, I know the answer. What i want to know is why my solution is not equivalent to the actual solution.
Three of a kind in a deck means you draw 3 cards of the same rank, and 2 other cards each of different ranks.
So. The solution in my book is the following: (13 C 1)(4 C 3) * (12 C 2)(4 C 1)(4 C 1)
The logic is the following:
1) Choose 1 out of the 13 ranks, then for the 4 cards in the chosen rank, pick 3.
2) Choose a combination of 2 ranks from the remaining 12, then for the 4 cards in each rank, choose 1.
Total combinations: 54912
My solution is the following:
((13 C 1)(4 C 3)) * ((12 C 1)(4 C 1)) * ((11 C 1)(4 C 1))
1) My logic for the 3 of a kind is the same as the solution.
2) Choose 1 of the remaining 12 ranks, and 1 card from the 4 cards in the rank.
3) Choose 1 of the remaining 11 ranks, and 1 card from the 4 cards in the rank.
Total combinations: 109824
My solution says that the combinations are exactly double of the book's solution. I'm just very confused as to why this is. If anyone could explain this to me I would be very appreciative, thank you.