The quantity of poker variations is endless. This is one of the beauties of this classic game; the possibilities for variation are practically endless. Oddly enough, Tri-Card Poker dates back to the origins of the more commonly known 5-card draw, so it is actually unclear how this version of poker came to be. It can be traced, however, back to the 16th century British game of Three Card Brag. The casino variant emerged in 1994 invented by Derek Webb. He desired to combine the excitement of the more common versions of poker with the speed of other casino games. The game also needed to have the proper ingredients of an attractive casino game; it had to have rules that were easy to understand, payouts that were large enough to attractive enough players, and a house edge big enough for casino owners to want it in their establishments. Prism Online Casino has developed its own version of this exciting game, and we called it Tri-Card Poker.
So how do you play Tri-Card Poker?
Tri-Card Poker is actually simpler than 5-Card Draw or Texas Hold’em. In Prism’s version there are two modes of play that players can choose from. There is the Standard Mode, which is pretty much standard poker where players attempt to make a better hand than the dealer. There is also Pairs Plus mode. In this mode players get the option to bet on whether or not you have pairs or better at the end of the round as a side bet.
In either mode you have the Ante and the Play bet. These are your standard bets from just about any version of poker. To play on from the Ante, players must either decide to bet on top of the ante in the Play circle or fold. Once that is done, the dealer needs to “qualify” with a hand of Queen or higher for play to continue. If the dealer does not qualify, then all the active players are paid even money on their bets and those bets are returned to them. The Pairs Plus bet is placed at the beginning of the round before the hands are dealt. If the dealer’s hand does qualify, then the player’s hand is compared to the dealer’s hand. If the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand, then the player will be paid out according to the winning hand shown.
On top of that, the house pays an additional Ante bonus for certain hands. This bonus does not require and additional wager. If you end up having a straight, three-of-a-kind, or a straight-flush, the house will pay you a bonus whether or not your hand beat the dealer’s hand. The pay outs are based on the posted pay out table.
Is there a strategy?
There is always a strategy for poker games. Luckily the strategy for this version is much simpler than other versions. You should fold fin you do not have at least a Queen-6-4. Let me explain. The dealer qualifies with a Queen, so players need at least a Queen in their hand for it to be worth playing. If you do not have a Queen or any good ranking hand, you should fold. If you do have a Queen, then you move on the next card. If the second card is not at least a 6, you should fold. It is not very recommendable to base your play on the third card being at least a 4, unless you are going for something like a straight, a flush, or a straight flush.
There is nothing like a simple game with lots of ways to win. That is why we recommend Tri-Card Poker for all you poker fans that are members here at Prism casino. But simple does not mean it isn’t fun. Just as Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”