Five Quick Tips—How to Play 3 Card Poker

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FIVE QUICK TIPS

HOW TO PLAY 3 CARD POKER

Of all the poker variants available today, 3 card poker is arguably one of the most straightforward and fast-paced. Unlike most forms of poker, 3 card poker doesn’t have other players or require bluffing and other deception-based tactics to overcome other players; instead, the only goal is to beat the dealer. Here are five quick tips to help you play 3 card poker.

1. DON’T MAKE UNNECESSARY SIDE PLAYS

One of the easiest things you can do to increase your odds of success in 3 card poker is to avoid making unnecessary side plays. There are quite a few differences between 3 card poker and most other poker variants, one of the more prominent ones is the abundance of side plays. The Pair Plus play is the most common, which is essentially speculating on whether you will get a pair or higher during the game; the only requirement to win the plays is to have a pair or better. It sounds simple enough, but it’s a trap, like most side plays.

The payouts that come from winning a side play make them incredibly tempting, but the reality is, side plays increase the house edge and weaken your odds of success. Three card poker has a relatively small house edge that starts around 3 per cent, but by speculating on the Pair Plus side play, you are raising the house edge to almost 6 per cent and potentially losing more chips per hand. Don’t make risky side plays in the vain hope of getting a big payout; avoid them like the plague.

2. AVOID PLAYING WEAK CARDS

Playing every poker hand is always a sure-fire way to lose your entire stack in record time. However, in 3 card poker, it's even more important to be very selective about which hands you play. As a rule of thumb, only play a Q-6-4 or better. Anything below that has a lower expected value; you are likely to lose more chips in the long run playing Q-6-3 or lower than if you just fold and sacrifice your ante. Avoid playing weaker hands and save your time, effort and chips.

3. LEARN THE RULES OF 3 CARD POKER

It sounds simple, and that's because it is. Understand the game before you start playing. The rules and hand rankings in 3 card poker are slightly different to other poker variants. With only six possible hands and a whole host of side plays, playing 3 card poker can be a tricky prospect if you have no idea what's going on. At the very least, read the rules before you start playing, so there are no surprises, and you can avoid making costly and potentially embarrassing mistakes at the tables.

4. CHECK FOR BONUSES

Before you start playing 3 card poker, check the casino's bonus and promotions page; you don't lose anything by looking first. With perks like extra credits for first time players and additional discounts on your first purchase, make sure you’re signed up to receive the bonuses and newsletters.

5. DON’T PLAY MULTIPLE HANDS OR TABLES AT ONCE

Multi-tabling and playing more than one hand can be a very costly and stressful experience for the uninitiated or careless. Some professionals have the skill and concentration to play multiple hands and tables at once, but that doesn't mean you can too. For many people, playing numerous tables or hands results in quicker disappointments and fewer wins because their focus is divided. You might think it's a clever way to increase your potential wins, but generally, it's not; all it does is result in losing more chips long term. Keep it simple and focus on one hand at a time.

This article is intended for entertainment only. It is not related to, nor a reflection of, Global Poker, its views, its products, content, or its games. It doesn’t constitute the only advice available; you should play however you feel comfortable.