Hey all, 3 card poker is a game that I enjoy, but you need a bit of a bank roll to be able to enjoy it. I have a question about strategy: I will start by saying that it is my basic understanding that whenever a casino offers a side bet (as in BJ) there can be good money made there, but the only reason the casino offers that bet is because the odds are better on it for the casino! In 3 card poker is the same the same for the 'pairs plus' bet? I want odds not 'well I've done this and this happened'...looking for real evidence. I will explain why I ask and what I have done, but realize that me - doing this only a few times can come away with a perception that is way different that real odds. In the past I have done both, played the pairs plus and other times not played it. I play long enough that usually (in one of my sessions I will see a 3 of a kind - may hand). However, I have had times where I have got 3 of a kind and still been at a loss (betting pairs plus) and times where I have got 3 of a kind (not betting pairs plus and walked away with a profit. When not playing pairs plus you end up winning on bets where the dealer 'doesn't qualify' but you still play. In those situations playing pairs plus you would have pushed. Granted there are going to be times that you end up getting a paid hand (better than pairs where you would have won on pairs plus) but do the odds dictate that it is a good bet or that you come out under because it pays out less often even though it pays more?