How to Play & Win at Tri Card Poker

While many players head to the slots, we know that table games, especially card games, often lead to the best payouts over time. Tri Card Poker at Slots LV Casino is one of the easiest games to play, plus you stand to win over 40 times your bet.

To win Tri Card Poker, it helps to understand the rules and terminology. It's also important to understand your winning odds. The odds of getting a high card is almost 75%. After that, your odds are:

  • Pair – Almost 17%
  • Flush – Almost 5%
  • Straight – Over 3%
  • Three of a Kind – 0.23%
  • Straight Flush – 0.21%

If you get a pair, you win back your ante plus the dealer's ante. Essentially, you win double the money. If you've wagered $5, the dealer matches you, so your winning pair gets you $10. It's a quick way to win some extra cash.

Learn the Terminology

There are a few terms you should know before you get started.

Deal – This is the button that you push to deal the cards. Don't do this until you're happy with the wager you're about to place. You can't change your mind once the cards are dealt.

Fold – This ends the round immediately. It's used if you are sure you have a lousy hand.

Poker + Bet – This is a special bet that's in addition to the ante you place. It's made when you feel your hand will contain a pair. If it does, you win extra cash.

Raise – After seeing your hand, you can raise if you think you can beat the dealer. A raise adds another chip to the ante. If you bet $5, your raise adds another $5 to the ante, bringing it to a total of $10.

Tri Card Poker Rules and Payouts

Slots LV Casino has two Tri Card Poker games. There's Classic Tri Card Poker and Tri Card Poker. They're similar. The biggest difference is the screen design. We find that Classic Tri Card has a more pleasing design with the "Fold," "Raise," and "Deal" buttons at the bottom next to the poker chips. Your casino balance is on the bottom left.

Bet $1, $5, $25, $100, or $500 on either of the games. You can place your ante or choose Pair +. Pair + is a bet you place on the odds of having a pair in your initial three cards. Tri Card Poker payouts are as follows. Once the cards are dealt, the dealer's hand is important to whether you win or lose. If the dealer doesn't have a queen high card or better, you're in great shape.

The Ante Bonus payouts are 1:1 for a straight, 4:1 for a 3 of a kind, and 5:1 for a straight flush. If you add the Pair + wager, payouts for a pair are 1:1. They're 4:1 for a flush, 6:1 for a straight, 30:1 for a 3 of a kind, and 40:1 for a straight flush.

Once you've placed your ante and decided if you also want to place a bet on Pair +, click "Deal." You're shown your three cards. Ideally, you want to have the winning hand over what the dealer has. You don't get to see the dealer's hand yet. Those cards remain face down until you decide if you're going to "Fold" or "Raise." Raising adds another chip to the ante. Folding means you quit. There's an easy way to decide what move to make, but more on that in a bit.

Knowing When to Raise and When to Fold

There is the chance in Tri Card Poker that the dealer will have a hand that doesn't qualify. If that happens, you win without even having to play. How do you know if you should risk it? Here are some guidelines.

When you have a Q-6-4 or higher, raise. If the hand isn't the same as or better than those three cards, fold. If you stick to the Q-6-4 or higher rule, the house drops from over 3% to no higher than 2%. In five hands sticking to this rule, we won three out of the five hands. It's not a perfect system, but we still won 60% of the time, which is impressive.

Practice before you play for real money. Demo play in the instant play casino or through mobile play for Android and iOS phones and tablets allows you to play for fun for as long as you'd like. Slots LV Casino makes it easy to play Tri Card Poker without registering. Find the games, click on them, and choose "Practice." See how the game works and then start wagering real money.