Three Card Poker Game Review

Overview of Three Card Poker

If you are looking for quick casino action ‘three card-poker’ is the ideal game for you. This game combines the intensity of poker with the speed of popular table games such as blackjack and roulette.

It was named ‘three card poker’ because it was inspired by three-card brag; and was in-fact initially called Casino Brag. When introduced to America it was first known as Tri Poker and then ultimately ended up as Three Card Poker Here we’re going to take a look at Microgaming’s online version hosted on 138.com. It’s called ‘3 card poker’ and has been a hit with online players all around the world.

How to play Three Card Poker

First of all you need to head on over to 138.com and on to their casino section. Here you will find a huge range of games casino and slot games available; here you need to select 3 Card Poker.

It is played with a regular 52-card pack at a dedicated table where cards are placed and bets are struck. Two types of bet are available and a player can place a bet on one but not both of them.

  • Ante and Play: a bet that the player’s hand will beat the dealer’s
  • Pair Plus – a bet on how good the player’s hand will be and is paid independently on what the dealer is dealt

The ranking of hands for three card poker from highest to lowest is:

  • Straight flush: Three consecutive cards in the same rank
  • Three of a King: Three cards of the same rank, higher ranks beating lower ranks
  • Straight: Three consecutive cards of mixed suits that follow in order from highest to lowest. A-K-Q and 2-A-K are good examples.
  • Flush – Three cards of the same suit.
  • Pair – Two cards of equal ranks and one of a different rank (9-9-J for example).
  • High Card – Three cards of different ranks and not consecutive, 2-8-J of all different suits for example.

Before and during play

Each player receives three cards who has placed an ante bet and the dealer is also dealt three cards. After viewing the card the player must either decide to:

  • Make a play bet, which is placing an additional amount which is the same as the ante bet
  • Fold or lose the ante bet alongside any Pair Plus

The dealers hand is then shown and the hands are compared:

  • If the dealer lacks a Queen high or better hand the ante bet is paid at evens and the play bet is returned back to the player
  • If the dealer does have Queens or better the and the player’s hand is better the ante bet and play bets are both paid at even money
  • If the dealer does have Queen high and better and the player’s hand is equal then the player’s bets are returned
  • If the dealer does have a Queen high or better and the player has a worse hand then both bets are lost.

There are bonuses for better hands available:

  • 1:1 for a straight
  • 4:1 for a three of a kind
  • 5:1 for a royal flush

The Pair Plus option

This is a separate bet and pays out irrespective of the dealer’s hand:

  • 1:1 for a pair
  • 4:1 for a flush
  • 6:1 for a straight
  • 30:1 for three of a kind
  • 40:1 for a straight flush

The pair plus bonus is where the real money can be won. Make sure you check out all the other Microgaming slot games we’ve reviewed on the site. Good luck at the tables from the red8s.com

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