Similar to blackjack and baccarat games, three card poker is a competitive game between the player and the dealer. it begins when the player places his Ante bet on his hand before receiving any card.
Then the player gets 3 face-up cards, while the dealer gets 3 face-down cards. If the player believes that his hand will beat the dealer, he will place his second bet which is equal to the initial bet. while If the player feels that his hand is weak, he can give up and surrender, but he will lose his first bet.
After that, the dealer’s hand will be revealed to determine the winner. If the player wins, he will get 1x three card poker payouts!
There are two types of side bets in 3 Card Poker, namely:
1. Straight Flush – 40: 1.
2. Three of a Kind – 30: 1
3. Straight – 30: 1
4. Flush – 4: 1.
5. Pair – 1: 1.
1. Royal Flush – 1000: 1.
2. Straight Flush – 200: 1.
3. Four of a Kind – 100: 1
4. Full House – 25: 1.
5. Flush – 15:1
6. Straight – 1:10.
7. Three of a Kind – 5: 1.
As we have previously mentioned, the three card poker game does not give players the ability to apply strategies. However, players can still apply the following strategy:
When your hand is composed of (Q – 6 – 4) or higher, you must always continue playing and not surrender.
But if your hand has any combination that is lower than (Q – 6 – 4), you should surrender and don’t place more bets on your hand!
This strategy depends on mathematical probabilities since these three cards are the lowest possible winning hand you can get to beat the dealer.
It is worth noting that the dealer will lose 44.91%, while the player will lose 55.03% in the long term, while the rest percentage is a tie between the two hands. But if you stick to this strategy, your win rate will increase by 5.29%.
Some players apply another strategy based on raising their bets if they got one or more high cards, this strategy can reduce the house edge to 3.45% compared to 7.65% when player relies on luck only.
In general, the (Q – 6 – 4) strategy reduces the house edge more than any other strategy, and you can use it to save a lot of money in the long term.