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Three Card Poker Casino Game Tutorial

March 04, 2012 2:39 PM by GT Staff

GamingToday Casino Games Three Card Poker TutorialThree card poker (TCP) is a poker variant played in casinos. In common with other such games it can also be played in other formats, such as in online gambling on the internet. It is the most profitable proprietary table game ever when measured by win generated for casinos or by revenue generated for the rights owners.

Poker played with three cards dates back to the origins of the game of poker. As a result it’s as unclear as the origins of poker, but includes the 16th century British card game of Brag. Rules for three card poker are included in Hoyle’s Rules of Games (Second Revised Edition) from 1983 along with a hi-low variant.

Three card poker (TCP) is a poker variant played in casinos. In common with other such games it can also be played in other formats, such as in online gambling on the internet. It is the most profitable proprietary table game ever when measured by win generated for casinos or by revenue generated for the rights owners.

Strategy for Three Card Poker

Optimum player strategy against the dealer is to make the Play wager with Queen-6-4 or better. However the simple strategy of Queen high or better produces a very similar result. As with all negative expectation gambling games there is no legitimate strategy that can overcome the house advantage. Therefore the player should play the strategy that provides the most enjoyment. The most common wager strategies are to play Ante and Pair Plus wagers for equal amounts, or for one of the Ante and Pair Plus wagers to be double the amount of the other one of the Ante and Pair Plus wagers.

Variations of Three Card Poker

Prime Table Games has added a wager called Prime in United Kingdom casinos and the game is known as Prime Three Card Poker. The Prime wager is optionally placed before cards are dealt and pays on the color of the player cards. If all three cards are the same color the payoff is 3 to 1. However when included with the dealer hand if all six cards are the same color then the payoff is increased to 4 to 1. The house advantage on this wager is 3.62%.

Another variation is ‘six card bonus’, in which the players are given a payout based on the best five-card poker hand that can be made using any combination of the player’s three cards and the dealer’s three cards. Payoff ranges from 5 to 1 for three of a kind to 1000 to 1 for royal flush. Payoffs are paid regardless of whether the pair plus or ante bets pay. This variation was played at Caesars Entertainment owned properties in Atlantic City and Biloxi in November 2010.

Online Three Card Poker

Prime Table Games has licensed Three Card Poker use by certain internet casinos that do not access United States players, though a software provider, Wager Works. These internet casinos are identifiable by reference to Prime Table Games on these sites.

The majority of internet use of Three Card Poker, including all United States use, has not been licensed. Certain internet casinos have used other game names, but the game is still the same. Players are not informed by these internet casinos that Three Card Poker is a proprietary game and that these internet casinos use the game without permission of and without payment to the game inventor or the game rights owners.

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