Three Card Poker
Three Card Poker, sometimes known as Poker Three, Trey Poker, or Tri Card Poker, is one of the greatest stories of player driven success in the gaming industry. It was created back in 1994 by poker player Derek Webb who wanted to create a game which used the excitement of poker, but with the speed of more traditional casino table games such as blackjack, craps or roulette. The simple play style and easy bankroll control means the game is loved by players, whilst the relatively non-volatile house edge leads the casinos to love it just as much.
As a percentage of the table games market, Three Card Poker, though it was initially hard to establish, is now amongst the most played games in any casino floor, with over 1600 casinos in the US alone offering the game. With the massive array of table games finding their way into the online casino environment, it’s no surprise to see the game available at the best online casinos now also. Given that, unlike slots, table games can be broadcast, this can also be played at many live dealer casinos online, combining the comfort of playing from home with the real casino experience.
The game is played with one standard 52 card deck and bets are placed in two ways before the deal, first you can bet on getting a pair or better, and second, you can play an ante bet against the dealer for the biggest hand also. This isn’t optional in all forms of the game, it can be compulsory in some casinos so it’s worth flicking at the individual game rules for whichever vendor you are playing at. Once the cards are dealt the pair game will be resolved, you still have the option to place a play bet on the Ante game if you feel the hand holds up, or, you can fold.
The basic strategy of the game is pretty simple, if you hold a hand of Q-6-4 or higher – play, if you hold a lower hand – fold, though some players advocate playing queen high no matter what the other cards are. Bonus pay-outs will come in for hands such as a flush, straight or three of a kind and these are pretty big multipliers, generally a straight or better will see you into some serious genuine winnings.
Three Card Poker is available around the globe, if gambling is legal in your jurisdiction (and in many cases even when it isn’t) you should be able to find somewhere to play this game. The ease of learning the game, the potential high pay-outs and the wide areas of accessibility have allowed this game to prove just as popular online as it is in the traditional bricks and mortar casino.