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3-Card Poker Betting Question

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by ThePawn$hop, Jun 27, 2014.

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  1. ThePawn$hop

    ThePawn$hop Tourist

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    I'm headed to Planet Hollywood in 9 days and want to play a good bit of 3-card poker. I played a few weeks ago when I was there last and had a blast! I had one dealer tell me to bet heavier on the "Pair Plus" bet and another suggested betting higher on the Ante instead. Can any of you experienced 3-Card Poker player give me their input on the best betting strategy, please? I will be buying in with 1k.

    Thanks!
     
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    A mod should move this to "Casino Gaming".

    Well, keep in mind the "Pair Plus" has a higher house edge, so I wouldn't recommend betting too much on it. Mathematically speaking, you shouldn't bet the "Pair Plus" at all if you are looking for the lowest house edge. Unfortunately that makes the game a lot more boring for most. So how much you should bet on "Pair Plus" depends on how much swings you want. If you want a lot of swing, you should bet higher on the "Pair Plus", if you want less swing bet more on the Ante.
     
  3. dfalk

    dfalk VIP Whale

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    Ya I couldn't imagine not playing the pair plus, that would be boring as hell. I've only bought in to a 3 card game 4 times and 2 of those times I've hit a straight flush for a nice $200 win. That game is like crack though, don't wanna play it to much because I would go broke really fast.
     
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    I echo what the others have said. The "recognized" playing strategy is to hold Q,6,4 and better, which makes the game about as brainless as playing slots! Nonetheless, Ms. Gecko and I enjoy it as a diversion from BJ, and have actually done quite well at it. We've each gotten a few straight flushes, where losing out by not betting the pair would have felt worse than losing most of them. Some places even have an extra "bonus" bet. Yeah, the odds really have to be awful on those, but … same story.
     
  5. ThePawn$hop

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    Straight flush pays 40:1....pretty sweet! The 6 card bonus bet gives you a shot at a million (at CET properties? but it's a LONG shot!

    Do you always bet the same in the Pair Plus as the Ante or more on the Ante and less in the Pair Plus.

    Also, apologies for placing this in the wrong forum...noob mistake. I'll learn.
     
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    I usually bet the same on pair and ante and raise the amounts if doing well. And when doing well, I sometimes hold the more marginal hands that I'd normally fold. Hey, when you're hot you're hot! Obviously, different people do things differently, and opinions will vary all over the map. One thing that surprised me earlier this month was seeing folks betting ante and pair, playing, but never looking at their cards! I later learned that it's not that uncommon. Of course, they'll win some hands that should have been folded, but overall, I suspect they're hurting themselves big time. Never a dull moment!
     
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    For me it depends on the table limits. For a $5 table I ante $5 and $10 PP, for a $10 table I ante $10 and $15 PP. Lets face it the excitement of the game is hitting the monster hand or getting a flush or straight 3 or 4 hands in a row. For me its a break from blackjack but if you are cold and the dealer is hot you can drain the bankroll fast
     
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    i personally bet higher on the pair plus because thats where you can win big. on the ante you can also win big but you need to have a straight or higher. and well even if u have 3 queens and the dealer has 3 kings (example) you still win big. so my opinion got higher on pair plus.
     
  9. Fafa2e

    Fafa2e Low-Roller

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    I will play the same amount on the Pair Plus and the Ante. I will usually play this game at lower stakes of $10 or $15 on the Pair Plus / Ante because it is a high house advantage game and you are really just playing for the big pair plus paydays.

    On a side note, I do not play this much in Las Vegas because the pay tables are lower than my local casinos (Seminole casinos in FL). The local casinos pay 50 to 1 on straight flush compared to 40 to 1 in Vegas and the local also pays 100 to 1 on a Mini-Royal (which I've hit once)
     
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    Well, I have found the ideal way to play is $10 each on the Ante/Play and $5 on the PP.
    The majority of your PP wins are a pair, and only pay 1:1 anyway.
    By increasing your ante/play, you're not hurting your PP payoffs most of the time, but you are winning more on your Ace-highs vs dealer Kings & Queens.
    So - 10-10-5 as opposed to 5-5-10.
    Yes, it's $5 more at risk, but that added risk is on a bet that you don't have to pair-up to win.
    Plus, on any hand that you fold, you lose $15...the same as playing 5-5-10.
     
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