Three card poker
Three card poker is fairly simple to play and its strategy is not complicated. The game starts with the player making a wager or “ante” equal or greater to the table minimum. After all the players have made their bets, the dealer exposes three cards.
After looking at their hand, players have to choose whether to go on playing or fold. If the player folds he forfeits the Ante wager and the round ends. If players want to continue they must make an additional bet (raise) equal to their Ante bet.
Such decision is made only on the basis of the three cards the players have been dealt since they have no chance to change them.
After the players have made a raise, the dealer exposes his three card hand. He needs to qualify with a hand of Queen or higher for play to continue.
Three card poker strategy
Numerous studies and simulations carried out on computers show that the best strategy turns out to be the one where you make a raise with at least a hand of Q, 6, 4. According to this strategy, the bank only has a 3.37% edge.
The game of three card poker offers you the opportunity to play “Pairs plus” too, where you can make an additional bet in a spot marked Pair Plus. If your three card hand has a Pair or higher you can win double your bet.
Computer simulations at a standard table show that by playing Pairs plus only, the bank has a 2.32% edge over the player. So it is definitely a bet to be kept into consideration.
Many players even use this bet as a strategy with the purpose of busting out the rollovers imposed by the bonuses, since the bank’s edge over the player is lower, as opposed to the main game. If the player manages to close a hand with a straight or a flush, payoffs can be very interesting, not to mention three of a kind or straight flush.