Three Card Poker
Of all the variations of poker available to players, whether online, at home or at their local casino, by far the most popular for several decades now is the Texas Holdem game, made famous in films such as the cult classic rounders. Casino Holdem is essentially a player versus dealer version of that game and, once you get around a few little details which differ as a result, players of Texas Holdem should find Casino Holdem an easy game to adjust to.
The game begins by you placing an initial stake on the ante button, you will then be dealt your two hole cards and the dealer will deal the flop, placing three cards on the table. Before playing the initial game you can also opt for a special side bonus game called aces or better, where, as the name suggests you can play a side bet which pays those hands, regardless of whether you beat the house in the main game.
Once you have sized up your hole cards versus the flop, you can call or fold, there is no check at this point as there would be if you were playing against other players, a call will be effectively a bet the same size as your original ante. The dealer needs to make a pair of 4’s or better to actually qualify to play which does lower the house edge slightly and makes hands like AK through AJ more playable even if you miss the flop.
Most player strategy on the flop, especially if you played the AA or better side game is to bet with AJ or better even if you missed the flop, you generally still have a reasonable chance of edging out the dealer just as you would in traditional Texam Holdem with that hand. It’s harder to gauge of course as the dealer isn’t lacing any bets against you to indicate his hand strength, so all you can do is play based on the value of your own hand.
Placing a bet on the flop, or calling as it is called here, will cause both the turn and the river to be dealt, there is only two bets in this game to consider, one pre-flop and one post-flop, the hands rank just the same as the stock game and the payouts are as follows at the NetEnt version of the game:
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 20 to 1
Four of a Kind 10 to 1
Full House 3 to 1
Flush 2 to 1
Straight or Less 1 to 1
Flush or higher 25 to 1
Pair of Aces to Straight 7 to 1