We’ve talked about video poker quite a bit on this page. Today, we will take a look at a new video poker variant from Wazdan. Three Cards is classified by the company as a video poker variant but looks a lot like a Three Card Poker game.
Today we will take a look at how to play Three Cards, including how the game differs from standard video poker games.
Rules for Three Cards
Three Cards is a three-card video poker variant released by Wazdan. The concept of the game is simple, you will make your best three-card poker hand from the cards dealt. However, you will not be paid for any hands lower than a flush.
Similar to Three Card Poker, a straight ranks higher than a flush and three of a kind ranks higher than both a straight and flush. With the game not paying on pairs, players will experience more variance from this game than others.
To begin a game of Three Cards, select how much you want to wager and click the deal button. You will get three cards. If you happen to catch a winning hand, you are immediately paid out.
When you don’t catch a hand right away, you have two options. The first is to draw a new hand and try again. Otherwise, you can opt to hold cards.
Here’s the rub with this game. If you opt to draw cards, it will cost you a bet. Drawing is optional and not part of your initial bet. You only get one draw at a hand. If you hit, you will be paid according to the paytable. Otherwise, you will have to try again with a new hand.
One important rule to note is that Aces play high only. You cannot make a wheel straight with A-2-3.
The paytable for this game is straightforward and only pays 5 types of hands. Here’s the paytable for this game:
- Royal Flush – 300 to 1
- Straight Flush – 100 to 1
- Three of a Kind – 30 to 1
- Straight – 5 to 1
- Flush – 2 to 1
As you can see from this table, you’ll do no worse than double your money. However, there is a much higher variance due to no payouts on pair hands.
Strategy for Three Cards
Like some video poker games, the game will auto-hold cards for you in some scenarios. This includes two cards to a straight flush, royal flush, or a pair. However, there are many scenarios where you will hold two cards and draw one.
You will hold two cards in the following situations:
- Any pair
- Any two cards to a royal or straight flush
- Open-ended straight except 2,3
- Any flush draw
Since A-2-3 does not pay off, you will not hold 2-3 unless it is 2-3 of hearts. Never hold a single card, regardless of rank.
If you are looking at a pair and a straight or flush draw type of hand, you should hold the pair over the draw as three of a kind pays much better. If you have a regular straight draw and also a flush draw, hold the flush draw as you have more outs for the flush. For example, for Jh-10d-3h you’d hold the Jh-10h.
Three Cards is an interesting spin on video poker, but it does have a high degree of volatility. The RTP on this game is just 95.47%, which is much lower than most standard video poker games.
If you’re looking for a different type of card game to try, you can try Three Cards. Otherwise, you should stick with video poker games with more favorable paytables. You can find Three Cards at Wolf Winner, Crown Casino, and all Aussie online casinos offering Wazdan games.