This attractive and yet simple game is not the best for the player but can be especially if you hit a hot streak. You can win a substantial amount of cash if you are lucky enough to win several hands in a row, lock away your profits to ensure that you leave the table (when wagering at a land-based casino) or the internet casino with cash.
The danger of when playing this game at internet casinos is that you are nearly always playing a single hand on your own. This means that the action can move quickly and the amount of hands played per hour is many times more than in a normal land-based casino. In a land-based casino situation there are likely to be several players at a table. The dealer has to wait for the dealing machine to produce hands and it takes time making the correct payments to each player.
If you ever decide to play Three Card Poker online, in order to increase your chances of success you should seek out the best pay schedule for both the bets offered: the Ante/Raise Bets and the Pair Plus Bets.
1. The Ante bonuses payable to premium hands on the standard Ante/Raise bet should be:
|Straight||Even Money, 1 to 1|
|Three of a Kind||4 to 1|
|Straight Flush||5 to 1|
If the internet casino at which you play offers less than these payouts, they are being greedy and increasing their edge on a game which already favours them handsomely. Find another site which offers the industry standard payouts.
2. The bonuses payable for premium hands on the Pair Plus Bet, should be:
|Pair||Even Money, 1 to 1|
|Flush||4 to 1|
|Straight||6 to 1|
|Three-of-a-kind||30 to 1|
|Straight Flush||40 to 1|
If the casino is offering less than these payouts again, it is not worth your time and cash, find another site to wager at.
You may find the Three-of-a-Kind and Straight Flush payouts altered to, say 33 to 1 and 35 to 1. This is acceptable, because these payouts rarely occur and will not affect the house edge too greatly. The payouts on which to focus are those for the Flush and Straight. These are the hands that you will see regularly and for which you must be paid properly. Should these payouts be reduced to 3 to 1 and 5 to 1 respectively, this increases the house edge significantly, we advise you to stay away from internet casinos offering these payouts.
Since the game operates at a fairly large edge over the player, keep your bets small and increase them modestly if you are lucky. The moment you start losing cash immediately return to your base bet. Any profit made playing Three Card Poker is an achievement in itself, lock away any profit made and do not play it back. Avoid all side bets offered, since these represent even poorer value for money than the main game.