One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in card games) a set of three cards of the same denomination.
- ‘The best is threes, and the other prials follow in the rank order of the cards: A-A-A, K-K-K, Q-Q-Q, etc. down to 5-5 - 5, 4-4 - 4, 2-2 - 2, three twos being the lowest prial.’
- ‘At a game of three card brag at work once, I had a prial of threes (top hand) and my opponent had a prial of aces (next highest).’
- ‘Poker players should take care to note that a running flush is beaten by a prial in this game, and that the ‘run’ and ‘flush’ in Brag rank in the opposite order to Poker.’
Early 19th century: alteration of pair royal.
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