Learning how to win at three card poker is important for any player of poker who wishes to succeed. Three Card Poker is a fast paced, fair game, and is also easy to learn. It is the simplest poker variant in which the players all stand to receive four cards face up on the table, and there are thirteen ranks to the deck. The lowest two players win one card each, and the highest two players win two cards each.
There are several basic rules you should know before playing and winning, at three card poker. Most common betting strategies work, but the usual rule is that there is an ante bet, and then a final bet, followed by the flop. The ante bet is where you make your initial investment, placing it in the pot before the game begins. The final bet is the amount you are willing to risk if your hand wins.
One of the most common ways to bet, called the blind bet, is simply to write down a number on a piece of paper. Blind betting works best when you have a strong starting hand. If you are fairly sure that you will have a strong hand, then this may be the way to go. When placing your bet, place the amount of the pot in front of you. Don’t look at the board – the numbers are easily obscured on the computer. Look ahead into the middle of the playing area, to where the action will likely be.
Once you’ve placed your bet, immediately move all your money out of the pot. This allows you to lay down the highest paying hand possible. If you’re fairly sure that your hand isn’t a flop, then use the blinds to determine whether or not you have the advantage. This is where a good poker coach can come in handy – he/she can tell you when you’re bluffing, or if you’re using the correct technique.
If your raise is successful, then you’ll have raised the total amount of the pot, and possibly the betting amount as well. The pot odds will have gone in your favor. However, since you only have one card to play with (the Ace), you have to get lucky with your bets. Your blind bet may have made the pot a lot larger than it would have been, but if you don’t have a top hand, it’s okay to fold.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to put all your money into the pot and let the other players use their last two cards, if they have them. If you have an Ace and King, then putting all your money into the pot and folding will probably help you. The same goes for having a straight or flush. If you’re holding a good hand, then it may be better to stay out of the pot entirely, and just hope that your opponents have a poor hand as well.
If you’re holding any other cards, such as four of a kind or an Ace-10, then just fold. You can still bet the big blind if you’re very confident that you have an Ace or a ten to make the deal. This is usually when people start to get greedy and bet multiple times on the pot because they think the other players are folding. If you’re holding any other cards than those two, then just make the best bet and leave. It’s more important to be quickly and have a strong hand than it is to make a bunch of chips when you’re out of the game.
Winning at three card poker takes a little practice. Most of your success will come during the first two or three games, where most of your decisions will be based on what you already have. After that you should be able to make better decisions without a lot of information. When you’re playing online, you won’t have the opponents you would face in a live poker tournament, so you’ll have to rely more on your instincts and skills. Good luck!