**♠ What is “set mining”?**

It happens when a player holds a pocket pair, and calls a bet so they can see the flop with hopes of landing a set. If you limp in or call a raise with 77 hoping to land another 7 on the flop, you . . . are Set Mining.

**♠ Why do people setmine?**

Sets are wonderfully disguised hands, and can often win big pots. So, it seems natural for players to want to see what the flop will bring when they are holding a pocket pair.

**♠ What are the odds of landing a set?**

__Quick Answer:__ Roughly 12% which is 1 in 8.5 times. As a ratio that turns into (7.5 : 1) against. Don’t be afraid of ratios. You can skip the math part, but remember the ratio.

__Math:__ let’s multiply the odds of each card of the flop *not* being the same rank as your pocket pair (basically, missing).
(48/50)*(47/49)*(46/48) = 88.2%. Subtract that from 100% (that’s 100-88.2) and we have an 11.8% chance of flopping a set (or quads).

**♠ I Need To Get Paid!**

That’s right. You’ll be seeing a LOT of flops that miss you when you’re looking to setmine. So, when you land a set, you need to recoup all that money you spent calling with hopes of hitting a set.

And, it’s not like you are guaranteed a pot when you do land your set. Sometimes a flush, straight, or even a higher set will ruin your hand.

So, how much do you need to win on average to make setmining profitable?

People will debate that, but I would say __12 times the cost of the call__ will put you in the green.

That means the **Absolute Number 1 Step** in setmining is to __check and see how big the Villan’s stack is__.

If his stack is not at the very least Ten Times what it would cost me to make a call in hopes of seeing a flop, it’s not even *possible* to get paid off enough to make setmining profitable!

Those are the basics of setmining, but like many things in life, a little knowledge could be a dangerous thing. In Setmining 102 we will look more closely at different situations at the table where we will have the opportunity to setmine.