Live Three Card Poker

live Three Card Poker

An Introduction to 3 Card Poker

Live Three Card Poker has been developed by Evolution Gaming under an exclusive licensing deal with Scientific Gaming.

It’s one of the most popular table games in American and UK land based casinos, and now that has been extended to online.

I love the game. I play it every time I visit a land based casino. It can bite your arse or pay you out beautifully. 

The RTP is 96.63% which is way lower than Blackjack.

I think 3 card poker must be for the true gambler!

Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions players based in the USA are not able to play it online.

3 Card Poker – What you need to know

Live Three Card Poker shouldn’t be confused with Live Casino Holdem. They are both derived from poker, but three card poker is played with just three cards. The dealer and players both get dealt 3 cards. The better-ranked poker hand wins. 

In Casino Hold’em 5 community cards are dealt alongside two cards for the player & dealer. Each will make up the best 5 card poker hand they can. The better poker hand wins.

In both of the games, the player hand has to beat the dealers to win.

At the time of writing this, three card poker is only available at Evolution Casinos

The table below summarises where you can play, which casinos have dedicated tables and the stakes you can play for.  

There’s also details of the optimal playing strategy if you like to have a game plan when playing.

I’m currently playing at the Unibet Live Casino, BetVictor Live Casino – BV Grande and William Hill.

Keep an eye on my live casino reviews as they are updated regularly with casinos that offer three card poker.

(In fact, the latest is Grosvenor Live casino, which is well worth a punt and also Genting who have their own dedicated table).

Live Casinos The Stakes No Decks Pairs Plus 6 Card Bonus Software Dedicated Tables Mobile Accepted
Countries
Play
£1 – £5,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £250 1 Yes Yes Evolution Yes Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £10,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £10,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution Yes Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £10,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
BetVictor £1 – £10,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £10,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £10,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £3,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £10,000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No No

Yes

Play now
£1 – £2.500 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £5.000 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £2.500 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

Yes

Play now
£1 – £2.500 1 Yes Yes Evolution No Yes

No

Play now

How to Play Live 3 Card Poker

The object of live three card poker is for the players 3 cards to beat the dealers three cards.

One pack of 52 playing cards is used and in live three card poker a new deck is used after each hand. Cards are ranked in descending order, with the Ace (being high or low), followed by King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, & 2.

Hand values

In order from left to right:

High card

aced-60x40

Pair

9c-60x40 9h-60x40

Three of a kind

5h-60x40 5c-60x40 5d-60x40

Straight

2s-60x40 3h-60x40 4c-60x40

Flush

3h-60x40 5h-60x40 9h-60x40

Straight Flush

4c-60x40 5c-60x40 6x-60x40

Royal Flush

aced-60x40 kd-60x40 qd-60x40

Betting

Prior to cards being dealt the player places a bet on the PLAY position on the table. An optional side bet (Pairs plus) can also be made at this time (I’ll explain more about this in a minute).

The game round

Three cards are then dealt to the player face up and three cards are dealt face down to the dealer. The player then decides whether to fold or play his hand. If he selects to play then he must place an Ante bet equal to his play bet. The dealer then reveals his cards. The best hand wins. The dealers hand must qualify with a queen or higher to be able to play. If the Dealer does not qualify then the Play Bet is returned to the player and the Ante bet is paid at even money 1:1.

  • If the dealers hand qualifies and the players hand is better, the Play and Ante bets are paid at even money, 1:1.
  • If the dealers hand is better,  then the player loses both bets.
  • If the dealer and players hands are the same then a push results and both bets are returned to the player.

Ante Bonus

In the event that the player is dealt three of a kind, a straight or straight flush a Ante bonus is paid even if the dealer wins the round.

Hand Payout
Straight Flush 5 : 1
3 of a Kind 4 : 1
Straight 1 : 1

Pairs Plus Bet

This is a optional side bet that can be placed when the player places his play bet. You win the bet with a pair or better even if the players decides to fold his hand.

Hand Payout
Royal Flush – same suit 100 : 1
Straight Flush 40 : 1
3 of a Kind 30 : 1
Straight 5 : 1
Flush 4 : 1
Pair 1 : 1

6 Card Bonus

This is another side bet that you can place. You r 3 cards and the dealers 3 cards are put together and if they make a 5 card poker hand of 3 of a kind or up you get paid at the odds listed in the table below. The theoretical return for this bet is 91.44%.

Hand Payout
Royal Flush – same suit 1000 : 1
Straight Flush 200 : 1
4 of a Kind 100 : 1
Full House 20 : 1
Flush 15 : 1
Straight 10 : 1
3 of a Kind 7 : 1

Playing Strategy

It’s universally known that you should play your hand if it’s made up of a Queen, Six & Four or better. I know it feels like you should fold but statistically this is a strong hand.

Live Three Card Poker – Summary

That’s pretty much it.

In terms of return to player the odds are not as good as Live Blackjack.

You can expect a theoretical return of 96.63% for the Ante bet and 95.51% for the Pair Plus bet.

If you’re looking for somewhere to play then have a look at my Best Live Three Card Poker Casinos page, which gives information on the best places to play.