What is Live Three Card Poker?
Three-card poker is a game in which players are each dealt three cards, which they use to play against the casino dealer. The ‘live’ aspect is an adaptation of video streaming to help players participating online to follow the action from their devices as though they were in a real casino.
The real-time streaming is made possible using the player’s internet connection. Signal strength thus largely affects how smooth the streaming is.
Live three card poker game rounds move much faster than ordinary poker, a factor that is key in making the game playable in casinos. The rules are also very easy to understand.
Basic Rules of Three Card Poker
- Punters always play against the house; never against each other.
- Each player places their bets on two options – an ante or a player, before any cards are dealt.
- The dealer then gives out three cards for each player face up to check how players’ bets fare.
After the first round is dealt, players with an ante are required to either fold or place a new play wager of the same value as the ante.
For the game to continue, the dealer has to play. If not, the game is paid out on a one-to-one basis for the winning wagers.
Basic Strategy of Three Card Poker
Placing the first wager on an ante allows players to fold early with an easy win or a small loss if the game does not appear to align in their favour. Adding pair-plus odd increases the winning probability due to a large number of possible outcomes.
Pair plus odds comprise a possible 22,100 outcomes, such as a straight flush, three of a kind, pairs and no pairs. Like in baccarat, keeping track of winnings can help players to formulate a strategy. Although it is a game of chance, continuous play and analysis can reveal a trend.
History of Three Card Poker
Poker is the root of all other versions of the game, with the 16th century ‘three card brag’ being the direct relation of the modern casino game.
Casinos were for a long time reluctant to adopt the slow three card game into their offerings, prompting Derek Webb to create a viable option.
Derek created the first casino version in 1994. It revolved around speeding up rounds, offering attractive winnings and a profitable house edge. He patented the idea in 1997 but still had a hard time convincing US casinos to take it up.
The first commercial version took place in Mississippi in 1998 before spreading like wildfire.
Play Three Card Poker in New Zealand
Live three card poker is quickly gaining traction as a popular casino game in New Zealand. It has been available in land-based casinos for well over a decade now. Most of these outlets are now incorporating it into their live online casino gaming applications.
Most four and five-star hotels that offer casino entertainment have three card tables on their premises. Online, New Zealanders can enjoy three card poker offered by companies even outside the country.
Leo Vegas, 888 Casino, bet365, and NetBet are awesome platforms where punters can enjoy a live online three card poker experience.