3 Card Poker explained
The History of 3 Card Poker
Poker has long been the most popular card game in the world. No one is quite sure how the game of poker originated, some say it is from
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a French card game called ‘Poque’, while others claim that its origins lie in a German game and the root of the word come from the German “pochen’ which means to bluff.
The modern card game that we are familiar with is based on the American game developed by the American Jonathan Green in 1834. This original card game was played with 20 cards. Slowly and over the years the deck increased, first to 32 cards and then to the current 52 cards. The popularity of the game poker eventually spread all over the world and has now become the favorite card game of all times both inside and outside the casino.
Other the years the game of poker has continued to re-invent itself. The game 3 card poker has recently become a much loved poker game. Although a relative newcomer, three card poker is a fast paced and fun variation. The card game is said to be based on the British card game called Brag. The legend is that a British fellow by the name of Derek Web was visiting a casino in LA where the game of poker was being played. He found the game to be too long and drawn out and so invented a combination of the game of poker and the British card game Brag and this resulted in the game of three card poker that is so popular today.
Some Terms to become familiar with before beginning to play 3 Card Poker
Pair- A pair is a combination of two cards of the same denomination. An example of this is a 4 of hearts and a 4 of spades.
Three of a Kind – This is a combination of three kinds of cards of the same denomination, for example an8 of spades, 8 of clubs and 8 of diamonds.
Straight – This is a combination of a sequence of cards from any suite, such as a 2 of spades, a 3 of diamonds and a 4 of hearts.
Flush – This is a combination of 3 cards of the same suite but in no particular sequence such as a 2 of hearts a 6 of hearts and an 8 of hearts.
Straight Flush – This is a sequence of cards from the same suit, for example a 3 of diamonds, a 4 of diamonds and a 5 of diamonds.
Different poker games will rank the poker hand slightly differently. In 3 card poker, the ranking is as following from top to bottom a Straight Flush, Three of a kind, Straight, Flush, Pair and lastly High card.
How to Play Three Card Poker
3-card poker is actually a combination of two games in one. These games can be played separately or for more of a challenge they can be played together at the same time. The two game are known as ‘Pair Plus’ and Ante and Play’.
How to play Pair Plus
In the game of Pair Plus, you are not trying to play against the dealer or any other player you are just trying to get the best hand that you can. The way the game is played is very simple. You first place a pair plus bet, you then receive three poker cards that are face up. The dealer will also receive three cards. To win at the game of pair plus you need to have received a hand that is a pair or better. If you have received a pair you will receive a payout. If you have received better than a pair for example a flush or three of a kind, you will receive an even greater payout.
How to play Ante and Play Three Card Poker
The game of Ante and Play is played against the dealer. After you have made your bet, you will receive three cards face up. The dealer will receive his three cards face down. Now you will begin to play. If after looking at your hand you decide to fold as you do not think your hand will beat that of the dealers, then the game is over and you have lost your Ante bet. If you decide to play, then a bet equal to your Ante bet will be placed on the poker table, the dealer will then turn over his cards and your cards will be compared. If when turning over his cards the dealer does not have at least a Queen on one of his cards, then he is out of the game and the player has automatically won.
If the dealer does qualify, but your hand is still higher than that of the dealer, then you will win even money on both your Ante bet and on your Play bet. If on the other hand, the hand of the dealer has beat that of the player, then the player loses both his Ante bet and his Play bet. If the game is a total draw, then the game is called a push. A push means that your bet will be returned to you and the game is over.
If you are playing Ante and Play and you receive a straight flush, three of a kind or a straight, you will receive an automatic Ante Bonus and this is irrelevant to the dealer’s hand. The Ante Bonus is also in addition to your other winnings.
Playing Pair Plus and Ante and Play on the same hand
By placing a bet in both the pair plus and the Ante and play games, you can play both games together. You will be dealt three cards by the dealer, because the bets you placed for each games are separate, it is in fact possible to win at one game and lose at the other as they are in fact being played independent of one another.
Three Card Poker Strategy
Winning at the casino is always a great feeling this is especially true when you are not playing a card game of pure chance but one where some strategy has been implemented. As previously mentioned, the game of Pair Plus is in essence one of pure luck. The game of Ante and play, however, involves elements of strategy.
The strategy of the game basically begins at the point after you have been handed your three cards and you must decide whether to fold or play. If you have a winning poker hand such as three of a kind, the odds of you beating the dealer are pretty high. If you do not have a winning poker hand, the general rule of thumb is that if you have at least a Queen/6/4 combination you should continue to play otherwise you should fold. This combination has been mathematically proven to give you the best chance at winning at 3 card poker.
Another strategy that has been said to improve your chances at the casino table, is to play both the games of Pair Plus and Ante and Play together. This gives you a chance to both maximize your winnings as well as keep all your ground covered to give you the optimal chance of casino winnings. Even if you were to lose the Ante and Play game you may have a pair that will allow you to win the Pair Plus card game.
3 Card Poker Tips
The most important tip for the 3 card poker player, and in fact for playing all games at the casinos, is to make sure you understand the rules of the game. Although not extremely complicated, 3 card poker can get a little tricky as it is in fact two games in one. Although they can of course be played separately, more players would agree it is most profitable and enjoyable to play them together.
A great way to ensure that you are comfortable with the rules of the game is to practice playing 3 card poker at an online casino for fun. Many online casinos offer the option of free practice of three card poker to enable the player to become more confident in his poker skills.
It goes without saying that when playing 3 card poker at the casino, the player should be keeping tabs on the bets going out as well as hopefully the winnings coming in so that this great card game continues to be a fun and fast experience.
Once you have understood the rules of the game and you have practiced your strategy online, it is definitely time to hit the tables and have a great time with 3 card poker- one of the greatest poker variations you can play.