Three Card Poker Games Compared
By: Johnson, Barb, Monday November 5th 2012
In online casinos, many casino players enjoy playing Three Card Poker. Since this is such a popular casino game, most software developers have created games of their own. Three Card Poker provides players with a lot of excitement and entertainment. The game is similar to the five card version of poker but it moves along at a much faster pace. The reason for the increased speed of the game is that each hand involves a comparison of the dealer and player hand without the player ever having to take any intermediate action. In most three card poker games there is an available side bet that can help players win even more money as they play in online casinos.
Microgaming is one of the leading software companies with their own version of Three Card Poker game available to players in online casinos. This basic variant of the game begins with the player making an Ante bet. After this is done, players will have the option of placing an optional side bet, known as the Pairs Plus bet. When the game begins, each player will be dealt three cards face up. The dealer’s cards will always remain face down. Players will then decide whether they want to play the hand or fold. If they choose to fold, they will lose the Ante bet as well as the side bet. However, if the player plays the hand, they must place another bet that is equal to the Ante. The dealers cards are then turned over and all hands are compared to those cards.
After all bets have been placed, players will then see that the dealer has qualified. When the dealer holds a Queen or better, they will qualify. When the dealer does not qualify, the player will get even money for the Ante bet and the Play bet will be a push. If the dealer does qualify and the player has a better ranking hand, both of the bets will win even money. In addition to this, there are two bonus payouts. The Ante bonus will pay 5 to 1 for a straight flush, 4 to 1 for a three of a kind and even money for a straight. The Ante bonus will only be paid when the player doesn’t fold. The bonus will pay 40 to 1 for a straight flush, 30 to 1 for three of a kind, 6 to 1 for a straight and 4 to 1 for a flush. Obviously, this is where players will make their money, so it is always best to play the side bets in online casinos.
Microgaming also has another variant of the game called Three Card Poker Multi Hand. This is the same exact game as the basic three card poker game with one exception. Here, players will be able to play up to five hands at the same time against the same dealer. All hands are played independently. Both the single and multi hand versions of three card poker are available in Microgaming’s Gold series. These are the same games; they are just presented with more elegance. The table views are in 3D and the audio is enhanced, but aside from subtle changes in sounds and graphics, the games are identical.
The latest three card poker variation from Microgaming is High Speed Poker Gold Series Multi Hand. This has become a very popular game in online casinos. The main difference with this game is the side bet, also called the Bonus Bet. In High Speed Poker, the side bet will be paid before the player decided to play the hand or fold.