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Three Card Poker℠


 
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  HOW TO PLAY THREE CARD POKER℠  
  Three Card Poker℠ is played on a standard Blackjack-sized table. It’s a very simple game with a comparably simple strategy [bottom right]. There are two types of wagers in Three Card Poker℠: Ante wagers and Pair Plus® side bets. Players can make a Pair Plus® side bet without having to make an Ante wager. The opposite is also true. Three Card Poker℠ follows an unusual hand ranking that is based on the likelihood of drawing particular 3-card hands. The Poker hand rankings for Three Card Poker℠ are below, from highest to lowest.

1. Straight Flush
2. Three-of-a-Kind
3. Straight
4. Flush
5. Pair
6. High Card


THE ANTE WAGER

The object of the Ante wager is to beat the dealer’s 3-card hand with your own 3-card hand. Players place an Ante wager before the cards are dealt. The dealer gives each player 3 cards face down and also deals herself 3 cards face down. A player can only touch his cards with one hand and is not allowed to look at other player’s cards. At this point the player can either Fold and forfeit the initial Ante bet, or play out the hand by making a Play bet equal in value to the original Ante bet. After all Play bets have been placed the dealer reveals his 3 cards. One of 3 things can occur:

A. If the dealer does not have at least a Queen high, she doesn’t qualify. Player’s Ante bets are paid even money and their Play bets are returned to them.

B. If the dealer has at least a Queen high and the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand, the player loses both Ante and Play bets.

C. If the dealer has at least a Queen high and the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand, both Ante and Play bets are paid at even money.

There is also a Bonus Payoff for certain hands. The Bonus Payoff is paid on the Ante wager based on the table at top right. (The Bonus is paid even if the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand.)

THE PAIR PLUS® SIDE BET

The Pair Plus® side bet is a separate wager made before the deal. If a player is also making an Ante wager, the Pair Plus® side bet can be for a different amount. The payout for a Pair Plus® side bet is solely based on the player’s hand and is paid out on a prescribed schedule [above right].

If a player is making both an Ante wager and a Pair Plus® side bet and decides to Fold instead of Play, he forfeits his Pair Plus® side bet. However, a player using solid strategy would never Fold if he had a Pair or better.

ANTE WAGER BONUS PAYOFF
Straight Flush
5 to 1
Three-of-a-Kind
4 to 1
Straight
1 to 1
PAIR PLUS® SIDE BET PAYOUTS
Straight Flush
40 to 1
Three-of-a-Kind
30 to 1
Straight
6 to 1
Flush
4 to 1
Pair
1 to 1
HAND PROBABILITIES
Straight Flush
0.22%
Three-of-a-Kind
0.24%
Straight
3.26%
Flush
4.96%
Pair
16.94%
Queen or higher
43.98%
Nothing
30.41%
STRATEGY

A solid strategy for Ante bets is to only Fold if you don’t have at least a Queen-6-4 or higher. This results in a House Advantage of 2.01%.

There is no strategy for a Pair Plus® side bet. The House Advantage for a Pair Plus® side bet is 2.32%.

 
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