THREE CARD POKER RULES
Three Card Poker (Tri Card Poker) is a fast and fun poker-style game that requires little strategy for a player to win big. The low house edge of up to 1.5% makes 3 Card Poker a good choice for casino poker players. The goal of the game is to beat the dealer by making the best poker hand with one draw of three cards.
3 Card Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards that is shuffled
after each hand. Card Poker is two games in one, the Pair Plus game and the Ante game.
These can be played together, or as individual games, so that a player must make at least one bet.
The Ante works as it does in conventional poker game. This is the "cost" of playing the hand. The Ante game has normal and bonus payouts. Normal payouts depend on the Dealer's hand qualifying with a Queen High (Queen or Better) combination or higher and the value of your hand. Ante bonus payouts are paid if you have a bonus hand combination and do not depend on the value of the Dealer's cards.
The Pair Plus is a wager that the player will get at least a Pair or higher. The Pair Plus game has payouts for specific hand combinations that are not dependant on the Dealer’s hand.
Payoffs depend on Pair Plus result, Ante result, and the Play result (whether the dealer qualify):
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|Straight Flush||40 to 1|
|Three of a Kind||30 to 1|
|Straight||6 to 1|
|Flush||4 to 1 (3 to 1)*|
|Pair||1 to 1|
|Straight Flush||5 to 1|
|Three of a Kind||4 to 1|
|Straight||1 to 1|
qualifies and player beats dealer:
Both Play and ante win 1 to 1
|4 to 1|
|Dealer does not
Ante wins, Play bet is returned
|1 to 1|
* - some casinos offer 3:1 payoff for Flushes in Pair Pus, thus significantly increasing house edge. Always play the games with 4:1 payoff.
3 Card Poker is a relatively new game, invented in 1994 by Derek Webb, the owner of Prime Table Games, and a successful poker player from Great Britain. Today you can find the game in most online casinos (Microgaming, CryptoLogic, Playtech and more). The bets are tipically ranged from $5 to $300 or more.THREE CARD POKER STRATEGY
The overall optimal strategy is pretty simple: Always Play Q-6-4 or Higher and Never Play Anything Lower.
WHERE TO PLAY
You can play 3 card poker games with the best odds for players at the following trusted casinos:
- Europa Casino online casino (Playtech software, $1 - $500 wagers),
- InterCasino (Cryptologic software, $5 min Ante & $300 max bet) or
- Crazy Vegas casino (Microgaming software, 3 game versions including Multihand and Gold Series 3 Card Poker).
See also 7 Card Stud Strategy ►
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