3 Card Poker Online

Poker is hands down one of the most popular card game in the world. No one is quite sure where the game of poker originated, some claim that it originated from a French card game called ‘Poque’, while others claim that its origins lie in a German game and the root of the word poker, comes from the German “pochen’ which means to bluff. Whatever the case may be, the popularity of the game continues to grow and evolve over the years.

The modern poker card game that we are familiar with is based on the American game developed by Jonathan Green in 1834.  The original card game was played with 20 cards. Slowly, over the years the deck increased, first to 32 cards and then to the current 52 cards. The popularity of poker eventually spread all over the world and has now become the favourite card game of all times both inside and outside the casino.

Over the years the game of poker has continued to re-invent itself.  The game 3 card poker has recently become a much loved poker game. Although a relative newcomer, 3 card poker is a fast paced and fun variation. The card game is said to be based on the British card game called Brag. The legend is that a British fellow by the name of Derek Web was visiting a casino in LA where the game of poker was being played. He found the game to be too long and drawn out and so invented a combination of the game of poker and the British card game Brag and this resulted in the game of 3 card poker that is so popular today.

The simplicity of the game and its fast pace has resulted in 3 card poker being a favourite among online casino games players. Unlike the traditional games of poker, 3 card poker is played against the dealer and therefore lends itself perfectly to casino games online.

How to Play 3 Card Poker

3 Card Poker is actually two games in one. The poker table displays two separate game of poker. There is the pair plus game and there is the ante and play game. You have the choice of playing the games separately or playing both of them at the same time.

Pair plus is the simpler of the two games. You simply place your bet and receive three cards. If you have a pair, you win a payout. In the game of pair plus the hand that the dealer has been dealt has no effect on the outcome of the game. If the player has more than a pair he will receive an even bigger payout.

Ante and play is a more strategic version of 3 Card Poker. To play ante and play, you must first place an ante, the opening bet. You will then be dealt three cards from the dealer. If you are satisfied with the hand that you have been dealt, you can place a further bet. At this stage the dealer will reveal his cards to the player, whoever has the stronger hand will be the winner. If the hand of the dealer beats that of the player, then the player has forfeited both his bet and his ante.

Playing Pair Plus and Ante and Play on the same hand

By placing a bet in both the pair plus and the Ante and play games, you can play both games together. You will be dealt three cards by the dealer, because the bets you placed for each games are separate, it is in fact possible to win at one game and lose at the other as they are being played independent of one another.

Some Terms to become familiar with before beginning to play 3 Card Poker

Pair- A pair is a combination of two cards of the same denomination. An example of this is a 3 of hearts and a 3 of spades.

Three of a Kind – This is a combination of three kinds of cards of the same denomination, for example a 9 of spades, 9 of clubs and 9 of diamonds.

Straight – This is a sequence of cards from any suite, such as a 3 of spades, a 4 of diamonds and a 5 of hearts.

Flush – This is 3 cards of the same suite but in no particular sequence such as a 4 of hearts a 7 of hearts and a 9 of hearts.

Straight Flush – This is a sequence of cards from the same suit, for example a 6 of diamonds, a 7 of diamonds and an 8 of diamonds.

Different poker games will rank the poker hand slightly differently. In 3 card poker, the ranking is as from top to bottom a Straight Flush, Three of a kind, Straight, Flush, Pair and lastly High card.  

3 Card Poker Strategy

For the best chance of a winning payout, it is advisable to play the games of pair plus and ante and play together. This way you have combined the elements of pure luck together with player strategy.

3 Card Poker strategy is the ability to know when to play and when to fold. If you have a winning hand such as a pair, three of a kind or a flush you should play. If you do not have a high hand but you have a hand of Queen/6/4 or better, the rule of thumb is that you should always play.

Tips for having fun when playing 3 Card Poker at the Canadian online casino

3 Card Poker is one of the easiest online casino games to play. Once you have learned the rules of the game, 3 Card Poker is one of the most exciting and fast paced games with very generous payouts. So, log on and play 3 card poker Canada today!