Everything You Need to Know about 3 Card Poker

Everything You Need to Know about 3 Card Poker


Beating Casino presents: Everything You Need
to Know about 3 Card Poker.
Three Card Poker was invented in 1994 by Derek
Webb from the UK and has quickly become a
successful and popular game among casino players,
both online and land-based.
An initial trial run in Las Vegas brought
mixed results, but Three Card Poker then broke
through as a popular favorite in the U.S.
state of Mississippi.
Today, Three Card Poker is a standard offering
in live casinos and online casinos alike.
Here are just some of the reasons why players
like this game so much:
It is an easy game to play.
The game has a moderate house edge that gives
players a real shot at winning.
The game has two ways to play it, and the
player can choose a wager with frequent payoffs,
a wager on which the player can win up to
40 times his bet, or make both bets.
The player can improve his results through
simple, easy to learn basic strategy.
The Rules of Three Card Poker
Three Card Poker is played with a single deck
of cards, shuffled for every hand, no matter
if you’re playing online or live casino.
In live casinos, the shuffling usually is
done with an automatic shuffling machine.
In live casinos, standard blackjack-sized,
seven-player tables are used for the game.
The table layout is:
The Three Card Poker logo.
Three card-shaped spaces in front of the dealer
to place his cards.
A circular betting spot marked “Pair Plus.”
A diamond-shaped betting spot marked “Ante.”
A card-shaped betting spot marked “Play.”
Pay tables for the Pair Plus bet and for ante
bonus payoffs
A brief explanation of Three Card Poker rules.
One corner of the table next to the dealer
will have a placard that tells you the minimum
and maximum bet.
If it says “Minimum ante: $5.
Minimum Pair Plus bet: $5.
Maximum $100,” for instance, your initial
wagers may not be less than $5 or more than
$100 on either option.
Hand Rankings
Three Card Poker is based on stud poker, but
odds are different when hands consist of three
cards.
Because the odds are different, the hand rankings
are slightly different.
In Three Card Poker, straights are rarer than
flushes and outrank them.
In five-card games on the other hand, flushes
outrank straights.
Here is the hand rankings in Three Card Poker:
Straight flush
Three of a kind
Straight
Flush
Pair
High card
In Three Card Poker, there is no such thing
as a full house, nor four of a kind, for obvious
reasons (playing with only 3 cards).
Playing the Game
All Three Card Poker tables offer two basic
ways to play: Ante-play and Pair Plus, with
some tables also offering optional side bets.
You may choose whether to play ante-play,
Pair Plus or both.
To play ante-play, you must start by placing
a wager in the triangular ante space.
To play Pair Plus, you must start by placing
a wager in the circular Pair Plus space.
The dealer then deals each player and himself
three cards, face down.
After all cards have been dealt, you may look
at your cards.
If you are only playing Pair Plus, you need to do nothing else.
There is no additional wager or decision to
make.
If you are playing ante-play, you must decide
whether to play or fold.
If you play, you must make a play bet equal
to your ante.
The bet cannot be either larger or smaller
than the ante.
They must be equal size.
If you make the bet, or if you are playing
Pair Plus and have a winner, place the cards
face down next to your bet.
If you do not make the play bet and you do
not have a Pair Plus winner, place the cards
in front of your bets to signal the dealer
you are folding.
Settling Ante-Play Wagers
If you’ve seen your cards and fold, the
dealer takes your ante and clears away your
cards.
Once all players have decided whether to play
or fold, the dealer turns his cards face up.
If the dealer’s hand is Queen-high or better,
the dealer plays.
That means ante and play bets all are in action.
In order to win, your hand must outrank the dealer’s.
If you win, you are paid even money on both
ante and play wagers.
If you lose, the dealer takes both bets.
If the dealer’s hand is Jack-high or lower,
the dealer does not play.
In that situation, your hand does not have
to beat the dealer.
Antes are paid at even money, play bets are
not in action, and the players keep them.
If the hands are exact ties, the hand is a
push.
No payoffs are made, but the player keeps
ante and play bets.
Here are a few examples of how the hand could
play out on ante-play wagers:
Dealer: Queen-3-2 of different suits vs Player:
King-8-6 of different suits
Dealer qualifies, player has higher ranking
hand and wins even money on both ante and
play bet.
Dealer: Jack-10-8 of different suits vs Player:
9-7-3 of different suits
Dealer does not qualify, player wins even
money on ante and keeps play bet.
Dealer: 2-2-3 of different suits vs Player:
Ace-King-5 of different suits
Dealer qualifies and has higher ranking hand,
so takes player’s ante and play bet.
Dealer: 2-2-3 of different suits vs Player:
Jack, 9 and 5 of hearts
Dealer qualifies and the player’s flush
outranks the dealer’s pair, so player wins
even money on both ante and play bet.
The Ante Bonus
Those who make the ante-play combination also
have a chance at an ante bonus.
You do not have to beat the dealer to win
the ante bonus.
It is paid anytime your three-card hand is
on a pay table.
The most common ante bonus payoffs are 5-1
on straight flushes, 4-1 on three of a kind
and 1-1 on straights.
Settling Pair Plus Wagers
You do not have to beat the dealer to win
a Pair Plus bet.
Any hand of a pair or better wins.
That’s where the Pair Plus name comes from.
There are many different Pair Plus pay tables.
Here is the most common:
Straight flush – payoff of 40:1
Three of a kind – payoff of 30:1
Straight – payoff of 6:1
Flush – payoff of 3:1
And Pair – payoff of 1:1
In the next video, we will focus on Three
Card Poker strategy, that includes how to
get the most out of the game, the frequency
of winning hands, pay tables and odds for
pair plus, and basic strategy for the ante-play
combination, so stay tuned.
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