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Three Card Poker Across Software Providers

By: Ryan Alders, Wednesday September 29th 2010
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All major software providers offer Three Card Poker in their portfolio. It is a simpler and faster game than the five card poker variants. The basic structure of the game is similar across the software providers, but there is considerable difference in the features offered. The article first discusses the common aspects of the game and then shows how it differs across some of the software providers.

The game begins with the player making the ante bet and after seeing his three cards can fold and lose the ante bet or place the play bet equal to the ante bet and proceed with the game. If the dealer qualifies with a queen high or higher then the player is paid even money on both bets if he wins. If the dealer does not qualify then the ante bet is paid even money and the play bet pushes. There is a bonus payout on the ante bet that is different for different software providers. Players can also place a Pair Plus independent side bet that gives a bonus payout if the player draws a pair or higher. This payout is the same for the software providers under discussion.

The Realtime Gaming Three Card Poker is the simplest and unfortunately the least attractive. The ante bonus payouts are significantly lower. Straight flush pays out at 3 to 1, three of a kind pays out at 2 to 1 and straight pays out even money. The minimum bet required is $1 and the maximum bet allowed is $250. The dealer's voice feature is present but only to announce "player wins" when that happens. The dealer's and the player's hand rankings and whether the dealer has qualified are indicated only through text messages on the screen. Realtime Gaming Three Card Poker can be played at online casinos like Cherry Red Casino and Club World Casino.

Microgaming Three Card Poker is a mixed bag when compared with the Realtime Gaming version. In the first instance the ante bonus payouts are better. Straight flush pays out at 5 to 1, three of a kind pays out at 4 to 1 and straight pays out even money. The bet range is from $1 to $200, which is smaller. The dealer's voices are also restricted to "player wins" but the text messages are fewer. There is no text indication of whether the dealer has qualified. One advantage of the Microgaming game is the game statistics offered. These include the number of games played in the session and the time taken. Microgaming Three Card Poker can be played at online casinos like Platinum Play Casino and Spin Palace Casino.

The Cryptologic Three Card Poker is by far the best. The payouts are identical to the ones in Microgaming so there is nothing lost in that respect. Players can choose from five different bet ranges. The lowest is from $1 to $50 and the highest is from $100 to $1,000. Hence Cryptologic Three Card Poker is suitable for high rollers. The dealer's voice provides a comprehensive commentary of the game. It starts from "place your bets", announces whether the dealer qualifies or not, announces both the player's and the dealer's hand ranking and who wins. However the best feature is the Auto-Bet with Auto-Strategy. Players can enter the hand ranking above which they will play in the Auto-Strategy feature and can then play the game preset number of times in the Auto-Bet mode without manual intervention. Cryptologic Three Card Poker can be played at online casinos like InterCasino.

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