Three Card Poker

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Three Card Poker has grown in popularity over the last 2 years and has gathered it’s fair share of regular players. I personally like playing 3 card poker as it is generally a slow paced game that allows players to win the top hand frequently.

Three Card Poker is also known as tri card poker or triple card poker depending on the Casino and licenses they have paid for rights to the game.

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How to Play Three Card Poker

Three Card Poker uses a standard 52-card deck. The game allows the player two wagering options :

1. Only Playing against the Dealer
2. Playing against the Dealer and on the value of their own hand (Pair Plus)

1. When playing against the Dealer, the player is wagering (Ante and Play wagers) that their hand will be higher in rank than the Dealer’s hand. If the player has a hand higher in rank than the Dealer’s qualifying hand of Queen or higher, the player will be paid 1:1 on both the Ante and Play wagers and will also be subject to Ante bonus payouts if their hand was a straight or higher.

2. When wagering on the hand’s value (pair plus wager), the player’s hand is not compared to the House’s hand. The player is wagering in the hopes that they will receive a hand of a pair or higher in rank. If the player receives a pair or higher, they will receive payment at the appropriate odds that correspond to the winning hand.

In three card poker the bet nearest the dealer is the pair plus bet normally an optional bet, house rules vary but in general you can make an independent bet on the pair plus which is in no way linked to the ante it must of course comply with the posted table minimum bet and maximum bet as well as be posted prior to the player seeing their cards. Some casino’s allow a single bet to be wagered with only the pair plus bet placed and others don’t.

The ante bet in three card poker is the middle bet, it must be placed prior to seeing your cards and is the base bet for the play bet, some casino’s insist that this bet is placed while others don’t, once again casino house rules come into effect.

The bet closest the player is the play bet unlike the pair plus and ante bets the play bet only comes into play once you have seen your cards, one should place this bet this if holding Q/6/4 or higher, only an equal amount to the posted ante may be placed.

Despite what dealers may tell you, players should play any three card poker hand with Q/6/4 and higher to obtain the best results odds and percentage wise.

Many players think that the pair plus bet is where they win all the money, this is not the case in 3 card poker as the table below indicates in fact the Ante/Play bet is a better bet for the player while it still loses it does so at a leaser percentage.

Three Card Poker expected loss per hand (house edge/win):

Three Card Poker Pairplus 2.32% (2.91% deviation)

Three Card Poker Ante / Play 3.37% (1.64% deviation)

Bets are paid according to the odds listed below and may vary slightly from place to place, the play bet is always paid even money 1:1 in the event of a win and dealer qualification queen or better.

THREE CARD POKER -Ante Bonus

Straight
1 to 1
Three of a Kind
4 to 1
Straight Flush
5 to 1

THREE CARD POKER Pair Plus Bonus

Pair
1 to 1
Flush
3 to 1
Straight
6 to 1
Three of a Kind
30 to 1
Straight Flush
40 to 1
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