Three Card Poker

There are some card games that just appeal to everyone, usually it's the thrill of good returns but with Three Card Poker it isn't just the returns it's also the fun of the game. If you aren't familiar with 3 card poker, also known as tricard or tri poker, then read on.

Three Card Poker is a poker based casino game that recently has become popular in casinos around the world. The game of 3 card poker consists of two seperate games, pairs plus and ante-and-play. As a player at a table, you can choose to player either or both of the games.

If you are a beginner at 3 card poker you should first try playing Pair-Plus three-card poker. Pair-Plus is very simple, all you have to do is get a pair from the 3 cards you are dealt and you have won. Get a straight flush and you'll win even more, with a 40-to-1 payout. All the usual poker hands like straights, flushes, 3 of a kind, straight flushes etc pay out with good odds.

If that is too easy for you and you want to play something that requires a bit more skill, try the Ante-and-Play three card poker, where you can raise your bet and challenge the dealer. In this 3 card poker game you don't even need a pair to win. You just need a higher hand than the dealer and the better poker hands still payout with odds. One thing to remember is that with only three cards, a straight beats a flush unlike most other poker games. This is because with less cards, it's easier to get a flush than a straight.

Or of course you can play both the games at once if you like to maximize your chance of winning and double the 3 card poker excitement!

3 Card Poker Strategy

Widely accepted three card poker strategy is to raise on Q/6/4 or better. Quite simply, this means if your best card is a queen and your next best card is higher than a 6, you should raise. If your 2nd best card is a 6, then raise if your 3rd card is a 4 or 5 only.

You should raise on Q/6/4 or higher because if you raise on Q/6/3 you can expect to lose 1.0026 chips. This is slighlty more than the single chip you will lose by folding. But if you raise on Q/6/4 the expected loss is 0.9933 chips, putting the odds very slighlty in your favor to take the hand.