Three Card Poker is a great variation of the classic Poker games and is more suitable for large mass Casino events as it is played standing up purely against the dealer. This means players can come and go as they please. It also is far easier to pick up than the normal game of poker so is suitable for gamblers of all abilities. Yet it still has the same excitement with folds, straights, flushes and high odds to keep your guests entertained throughout the night.
The modern Casino game of Three Card Poker is played with a 52-card pack at a special table on which the cards are dealt and bets placed. There are two bet types available.
Before the deal, in order to receive cards each player must place an Ante bet, and an optional Pair Plus bet.
The ranking of hands for Three Card Poker from lowest to highest is:
Note that there is no ranking among suits. Hands that have the same combination and equally high cards, differing only in suit, are tied.
Three cards are dealt to each player in the game, and the Dealer. After viewing their three cards, the player must decide to either:
Following this decision, the Dealer’s hand is revealed and there is a showdown.
An additional bonus is also paid on the ante bet irrespective of the dealer’s hand or outcome of the hand if the player holds a strong hand.
The name of this special side bet, which has been a part of the game since its invention in the 1990’s, was registered as a trade mark of SHFL Entertainment, Inc. in 2012.
The result of a Pair Plus® bet depends only on the three cards dealt to the player – the Dealer’s cards are irrelevant.
The Pair Plus® bet is lost if the player does not hold a pair or better.
Winning hands are paid as follows:
A winning Pair Plus® hand is paid out even if the player folds, though in fact this situation rarely occurs, since with any such hand the correct strategy is to place a Play bet.
Many online casino software providers have taken to calling this game by different names.
Some names that are currently in use are: Poker Three, Trey Poker, Fast Poker, High Speed Poker, Triple Edge Poker, Trey Card Poker and Tri Card Poker.
The optimal strategy for Three Card Poker is far more straightforward that many other casino card games.
The player should not place the Pair Plus® wager and should place the Play wager with any hand of Q, 6, 4 or better.
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