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04 Nov 09 Do you know about 3-Cards Poker?

Three Card pokers is a simple casino poker game. Three Card pokers have a structure similar to Caribbean poker, but are played with three cards and have separate fixed odds bet and the bet placed against the dealer. In fact, Three Card poker includes two separate games. One game is played against the dealer and the second one against the pay-table.

The game against the dealer starts from placing an ante. Three cards are then dealt all players. Note that like in other casino poker games, in Three Card poker you are playing against the dealer individually, and if there are more players at the same table, their cards do not affect your play.

When a player receives his three cards, he has two options: to fold or to place a bet equal to the ante. If the player decides to place a bet, the dealer plays his hand. As in Caribbean poker, the dealer can qualify or not qualify. The dealer needs to have at least Queen-high hand to qualify.

If the dealer does not qualify, players who have not folded automatically win, but are paid even money only on the ante, while the bet is returned to the player without winning anything on it. Taking into the account that the bet and the ante are of the equal size, you can say that if the dealer does not qualify, you are paid 1:2 on your total bet.

If the dealer qualifies, the hand of the dealer is compared to the hand of each player individually. Players whose hands beat the dealer’s one win even money on their whole bet (the bet and the ante). Players, who lose to the dealer, lose both their bets.

Most casinos also pay an extra-bonus for Three Card poker players who have Straight or better hand. This bonus is paid on the ante only and does not depend on the hand of the dealer, viz. even if the dealer has a better hand and the player loses his main bet, he is still paid the extra-bonus. A player with straight is paid even money on his ante, a player with three of a Kind is paid his ante 4:1 and a player with straight flush is paid 5:1 on his ante.

 

 

What is PairPlus?

 

The second part of Three Card poker is a so called PairPlus game. PairPlus is played simultaneously with the basic game against the dealer, and is optional. If the player wants to play PairPlus, he places a bet of any size permitted by table limits (not necessarily equal to the bet of the main game). PairPlus bet is placed before any cards are dealt, at the same time as the ante of the basic game.

PairPlus bet is paid if the player has a Pair or a higher hand in the end of the game. PairPlus is a separate bet, and therefore is paid or not paid regardless of the results of the main game with only one exception: if the player folds in the main game, he automatically loses his PairPlus bet too. This rule does not really affect the game, because folding with a Pair or better simply is not logical, especially with a bet at PairPlus.

If the player has a Pair a better he is paid his PairPlus bet in proportions defined by PairPlus pay-table:

  • Pair: 1:1
  • Flush: 4:1
  • Straight: 6:1
  • Three of a Kind: 30:1
  • Straight Flush: 40:1

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