Three card poker - Overview

calicoaster By calicoaster, 5th Feb 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Three card poker, is a quite famous casino table game that you can find in almost all types of casinos. This article defines a brief overview of the games, how to play it, and rules and regulations that go with the game.

How to play?

The game is quite simple to understand. If you just know the fundamentals, it gives you a lot of possibilities to win, since it has a quite low house edge. Following are the rules of three card poker:

1) To commence with the game, you can make either of these two separate bets, or can go with both: Ante and Pair Plus. The Ante bet is a bet, a player plays against the dealer, while the Pair Plus bet is independent of what the dealer is having and is only a bet on whether or not your 3-card hand will have a pair or higher in it.

2) The Pair Plus bet can be lost if the player possesses less than a pair, and can be won, with a pair or higher value, hence it is quite easy and simple to play.

3) Once you've placed your bets, you will get 3 cards. If you have placed the Ante bet, you must now make a decision, whether you want to bet again that your hand is better than the dealer, or have a fold. If you decide for a fold, you’ll lose your Ante bet. If you decide to go ahead and play your hand, you make a bet equal to the amount of your Ante bet on the table.

4) After all bets are placed, the dealer will turn over his cards. The dealer must have in his cards, at least a Queen high or better to play, otherwise he will not qualify and players are paid 1 to 1 on their Ante bet.

5) If the dealer's hand qualifies, he will make a comparison of his hand against each player to decide the winner.

The ranks of hands from the best to the worst in three-card poker are:
Straight Flush: Three cards of the same suit placed sequentially. Example 7-8-9 of spades.
Three of a Kind: Three cards of same rank.
Straight: Three cards in sequence of mixed suits.
Flush: Three cards of the same suit.
Pair: Two cards of same rank.
High Card: The highest card in your hand.

If you win, you will get an amount payment of one to one on your Ante and Play bets. In addition, if your hand is a straight or better, you will get an incentive amount on top of the regular payout. The bonus is applicable to both the Ante bet and the Pair Plus bet.

An elemental strategy to remember is to play any hand with a Queen high or better and to decide for a fold of the rest.


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