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Learn Three Card Poker Rules and Strategy in 5 Minutes


Game Purpose


Three Card Poker is one of the most popular Poker variant which is played against the Bank.


The Players and the Bank use three cards, the goals is to win by simply having a better hand than the Dealer or by getting at least a Pair.


Combinations


COMBINATIONS

DESCRIPTIONS

Straight Flush

3 cards in sequence, all of the same suit

Three of a kind

Three cards of the same denomination

Straight

Three cards in sequence of any suit

Flush

Three cards of the same suit

Pair

Two cards of the same denomination

High card

High card


Gaming Table


The gaming table can welcome up to 7 players.


Betting System


BETS

DESCRIPTION

Ante

Initial bet to play

Play

Equal bet to the Ante bet to continue the hand

Pair Plus

Additional winning bet if you possess at least a Pair


Game Progress


Players have to place their bets on the « Ante » box to start and/or on the optional « Pair Plus » box if they wish, then the dealer gives three cards to each player and himself. In some casinos you will have to bet on the « Ante » box to wager on the « Pair Plus » box.


Players can then look at their hands and decide :

  • To fold by putting their cards face down next to the initial wager so that the Dealer can recover them and end the round.
  • To raise by putting their cards and an additional wager on the « Play » box.
  • Then the dealer turns over his card and must have at least a Queen high hand to qualify and to play. The probability that he gets is 69,59%.
  • If the dealer doesn’t qualify, Players win and he takes all the cards without turning them over. This allows you to bluff if you think that he will not qualify.

Potential Winnings


If the dealer wins, Players lose their « Ante » and « Play » wagers.


If the Player wins and if the Dealer does not qualify, the player double his « Ante » bet and gets back his «Play » bet. If the Dealer qualifies (and the Player still wins), the Player doubles his « Ante » and « Play » bets.


In case of a Tie, the Player gets his wagers back.


BONUS


If the Player bets on the « Play » box and possesses at least a Straight, he receives a bonus calculated as follows:


COMBINATIONS

PAYOUTS

Straight Flush

5x your Ante bet

Three of a kind

4x your Ante bet

Straight

1x your Ante bet


You get the Bonus even if you lose the round and/or if the Dealer doesn’t qualify.


PAIR PLUS


The «Pair Plus» bet is optional and is exclusively based on the Player’s hand. If a Player only wager on this bet, he doesn’t have to choose to raise or fold once the cards are dealt.


COMBINATIONS

PAYOUTS

Straight Flush

40x your Pair Plus bet

Three of a kind

30x your Pair plus bet

Straight

60x your Pair Plus bet

Flush

3x your Pair Plus bet

Pair

1x your Pair Plus bet


You are rewarded by the « Pair Plus » bet even if you lost the round and/or if the dealer didn’t qualify.


Various advices about Three Card Poker (3-card Poker)


Avoid to bet on the « Pair Plus » box as the house edge is usually high, 7,3% in average, prefer to bet on the « Ante » box where the house edge is only 3,37%.


Be sure to know the Payout featured by the casino as it can vary from an establishment to another. It is usually visible on the table.


To reduce the house edge, the best strategy you can adopt is not to fold if you possess at least Q-6-4, avoid to raise with hands such as Q-5-4 or J-9-8.


If you have a winning combination for the « Bonus » or the « Pair Plus », advise the Dealer because if he doesn’t qualify and lose, he will pay the winners and take their cards face down. Then, your additional winnings will be lost.