A Guide To Three Card Poker & Mistakes To Avoid

Peter N
July 16, 2020
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Three card poker is a common game found in online casinos these days and is one that’s relatively simple to enjoy. It’s one of the more popular variants and we certainly are big fans here at Gambler Saloon.

Below you’ll find our full guide on three card poker, including how it differs from other variants and the common mistakes you should be avoiding.

What is Three Card Poker?

As you can probably guess, three card poker is a variant of poker that involves playing with three cards.

It was invented in 1994 and has really come to live in online casinos across the world, with the aim of the game to create the best poker hand from the three cards you are dealt with.

How To Play Three Card Poker

In Three Card Poker, every player must place an ante bet, which essentially enters you into the game. You’ll then be dealt three cards.

Like all variants of poker, you must then analyze your cards to determine how strong your hand is and whether you want to continue betting.

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If you call or raise, the betting then starts. Once complete the cards are turned over and a winning hand is paid out. In order to qualify for winning you are required to have at least a pair. If the dealer’s hand doesn’t qualify, your payout will be based on the ante bet, while if the dealer does qualify, you will receive the pair payouts. The types of hands you can win with are listed below for winning hands..

Pair plus payouts:

  • Straight Flush: 40 to 1
  • Three of a Kind: 30 to 1
  • Straight: 6 to 1
  • Flush: 3 to 1
  • Pair: 1 to 1

Ante bonus payouts:

  • Straight Flush: 5 to 1
  • Three of a Kind: 4 to 1
  • Straight: 1 to 1

Mistakes To Avoid in Three Card Poker

If you’re new to three card poker then there are a number of mistakes that are worth avoiding. Below you’ll find some of the biggest mistakes that are made to give you a heads up and keep your strategy on track…

Do Not Make Risky Side Bets

While risky side bets will give you big payouts, they are exactly that – risky.

All aside from Pair Plus have high house edges, so the chance of winning is relatively low. If you’re new to the game especially, stick to the simple bets and understand the game thoroughly before even thinking about moving on to these.

Do Not Play Multiple Hands Immediately

Many players go straight into playing multiple hands. Playing with only three cards makes players think it’s simple. However, this is how concentration can wain if you’re new to the game and mistakes inevitably follow.

Start with one hand and once you’re completely confident, then you can start upping the stakes and playing with multiple.

Do Not Overcomplicate Strategy

There are dozens of strategies out there, with some even playing their hands blindly! However, if you’re a beginner especially, it’s always good to keep your strategy simple. What’s more, it is always important to have a strategy, whether it be specific to poker or a simple bankroll management one.

You’ll find tons of simple and effective strategies for casinos by visiting our Casino Strategies page.

Author Peter N