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Online Tri Card Poker Guide at Bodog

Online Tri Card Poker Guide

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There’s something that just feels right whenever you get dealt three cards. When you play Tri Card Poker online here at Bodog Casino, you’re playing a game that has a deep and rich history stretching all the way back to the 16th Century. Tri Card Poker has its roots in the British game “three-card brag,” which also gave us the Teen Patti (Hindi for “three cards”) games that we’ve added to the menu at Bodog Casino. Three-card brag combines elements of luck and skill, just like modern poker – the smarter your strategy, the more often you’ll win.

Fortunately, you don’t have to dig deep into the history books to learn how to play Tri Card Poker. This is the simplest of all the table games you’ll find at Bodog Casino, making it a perfect choice for online players who are relatively new to the scene. This easy-to-follow online table games guide will show you the rules and strategy for Tri Card Poker. By the end of it, you’ll be a certifiable Tri Card Poker expert.

How to Play Tri Card Poker

Before you can play Tri Card Poker for real money at Bodog Casino, you’ll need to set up an online account if you haven’t already. Once you’re approved, you can access the Play Money version of Tri Card Poker, and all the other games on tap at Bodog Casino. To play the Real Money version, make your first deposit at Bodog Casino (several deposit methods are available, including Visa, MasterCard and Bitcoin), and don’t forget to collect the generous Welcome Bonus we offer new players.

Once you’re loaded up and ready to play Tri Card Poker, head over to the Table Games section at Bodog Casino; this is where you’ll find both the Classic and “New” versions of Tri Card Poker. The Classic version gives you a taste of what the game looks like at a live casino, while the New version features a streamlined layout that’s easy on the eyes. Both games share the same rules and the same payouts – try them both and see which one you prefer.

Basic Rules to playing Tri Card Poker

If you’re familiar with poker in general – or even if you’re not – you should have no trouble figuring out Tri Card Poker. It’s you versus the Dealer; after you place your Ante bet, you receive three cards, face-up, then the Dealer gets three cards, face-down. The goal in Tri Card Poker is to get a better 3-card hand than the Dealer. When you do, you’ll win a payout, and if you have a really strong hand, you’ll win a bonus payout on top of that.

First, once all six cards have been dealt, you have a decision to make: Either double down by hitting the Raise button, or if you don’t like your chances enough, hit Fold instead and forfeit your bet. Should you choose to Raise, the Dealer will then flip over his three cards, and the winning hand will be declared. Any tied hands are considered a push, in which case all Ante and Raise bets are returned. Choosing between Raise and Fold is the only decision you’ll have to make in Tri Card Poker, and it’s an easy decision once you know the secret – which we’ll reveal to you in a moment.

Hand Values and Payouts for Tri Card Poker

The hand rankings for Tri Card Poker are quite similar to what you’ll find in standard poker games, even if you have three cards instead of five or seven. Here’s the rundown, from highest rank to lowest, with example hands provided:

  • Straight Flush: Three suited and connected cards (9s,8s,7s)
  • Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank (As,Ac,Ah)
  • Straight: Three connected cards (As,Kh,Qd)
  • Flush: Three suited cards (Jh,9h,2h)
  • Pair: Two cards of the same rank (7s,7d,3c)
  • High Card: None of the above (Qs,6h,4d)

The key difference to note here is that a Straight beats a Flush in Tri Card Poker, while it’s the other way around in standard poker games. That’s because it’s harder to make a Straight compared to a Flush when you get dealt three cards – as you’ll see when we look at the Tri Card Poker odds and strategy.

Making a Straight is especially nice in Tri Card Poker because that’s all you need to earn a tasty bonus on top of your winning Ante bet (which pays out at even money). Here are the bonus payouts you can look forward to when you make a big hand in Tri Card Poker:

  • Straight Flush 5/1
  • Three of a Kind 4/1
  • Straight 1/1

In addition to the Ante bet and bonuses, your Raise bet also pays out at even money, provided the Dealer “qualifies” by having at least Queen-High in their hand. In fact, you don’t even need the better hand to earn the even-money payout on your Ante bet when the Dealer doesn’t have it; if you have Seven-Six-Deuce and the Dealer has Jack-Ten-Three, you’ll still get paid. As you’ll see, though, choosing to Raise with a hand like Seven-Six-Deuce isn’t the smartest way to play Tri Card Poker.

Playing Pair Plus in Tri Card Poker

In addition to (or instead of) the Ante bet, you can play a side bet in Tri Card Poker called Pair Plus, which will pay out whenever you get dealt at least a Pair – regardless of what the Dealer has. You’ll make the Pair Plus bet the same way you place your Ante bet, before the start of every hand. These bets can be for different dollar amounts, as long as they’re between the $1 minimum and $500 maximum. Here are the payouts for the Pair Plus bet at Bodog Casino:

  • Straight Flush 40/1
  • Three of a Kind 30/1
  • Straight 6/1
  • Flush 4/1
  • Pair 1/1

Tri Card Poker Strategy

If you look at some of the most popular online casino games on the menu, you’ll see a common thread: Ease of play. And it doesn’t get much easier than Tri Card Poker. Because there’s only one decision for you to make, the “optimal strategy” for maximizing your return isn’t very difficult to figure out. You could even do it by hand, starting with the probabilities for making each of the possible hands in Tri Card Poker:

  • Straight Flush 0.217%
  • Three of a Kind 0.235%
  • Straight 3.26%
  • Flush 4.96%
  • Pair 16.94%
  • High Card 74.39%

Taking these probabilities, and the given rules and paytables for the Ante, Raise and Pair Plus bets, you have almost all of the information needed to calculate the optimal Tri Card Poker strategy. You also need to know that the Dealer will have at least Queen-High (and therefore qualify) 69.59% of the time. Then you can compare the relative strength of all the different Tri Card Poker hands and see where the break-even point is for choosing Raise instead of Fold.

Okay, that last part will require some extra number-crunching. So we’re going to skip that part and go straight to the optimal Tri Card Poker strategy: If you have at least Queen-Six-Four in your hand, hit Raise. If you don’t, hit Fold. That’s all there is to it. By using this formula, you will narrow the house edge for Tri Card Poker at Bodog Online Casino all the way down to 3.37%. That’s for the Ante bet; there’s no strategy required for the Pair Plus bet, since you’re not competing against the Dealer. The built-in house edge for the Pair Plus bet at Bodog Casino is 2.32%.

Although we said there’s only one decision – Raise or Fold – to make in Tri Card Poker, you can get the most value out of your online sessions at Bodog by managing your money properly. Since the house edge for the Pair Plus bet is lower than the edge for the Ante bet, in theory, you’ll get the most return per hand by always putting the maximum $500 on Pair Plus, and the minimum $1 (or even better, nothing at all) for the Ante. However, making max bets will also reduce the number of hands you can play on average per session – and remember, there’s still a house edge attached to every bet you make, no matter what sizing you choose.

Instead of maxing out your Pair Plus bet, consider planning your Tri Card Poker session to last a certain number of hands, on average. Knowing the house edges and the number of hands you play per minute will allow you to choose a bet size that you can afford, given the size of your bankroll and desired session length. Stick with a standard bet size for all of your Tri Card Poker hands, and never chase losses by placing larger bets than you planned for. And as always, make sure to have fun while playing. Tri Card Poker makes it easy to have fun; try the Practice Play version online for free and see for yourself what makes this game so popular online at Bodog Casino.