Odds and Strategy for Ante Bets in Tri Card Poker
With the release of our newest table game, Tri Card Poker, we decided to do some digging to find the best playing strategies for our players. Turns out, casino experts have already crunched the numbers and agree on the best way to play the game for the highest return. But before we get to the good stuff, let’s go over what the Ante bet is and how it works.
Betting on the Ante is betting that you’ll have a better three-card hand than the dealer. It happens at the start of the round. Before any cards are dealt, you put chips on the Ante circle and hit Deal. Three cards are dealt to you face up and three cards are dealt to the dealer face down. After examining your cards, you can pursue the round by clicking Raise, or forfeit your Ante bet and end the round by clicking Fold. The Raise bet is always equal to your Ante bet.
In order for the Dealer to partake in the round, she must have a Queen or higher. If she does, you must beat her hand in order to win 1-1 payouts on your Ante and Raise bets. If she doesn’t, you win a 1-1 payout on your Ante, but your Raise is returned as a push.
Tri Card Poker Hand Rankings
3 of a Kind
The standard 1-1 payout isn’t always exciting, so to spice things up, Tri Card Poker offers Ante Bonus Payouts for hands comprising a pair and better. See below for bonus payouts:
Straight Flush: 5-1
3 of a Kind: 4-1
Note, you can also bet on the Pair+ side bet for bigger payout bonuses. These payouts start at pairs and offer payouts up to 40-1.
Tri Card Poker Strategy
Basic strategy for Tri Card Poker is simple: bet on hands of Queen-Six-Four and better. Fold everything else. With our Tri Card Poker’s payouts, applying this strategy brings the house edge down to 3.37%. Try applying this strategy to a few Practice Play rounds and see how you do. Good luck at the tables.