You have probably seen many poker books recommend several different Three Card Poker strategies designed to earn the highest possible return. These tactics include never folding, playing only hands with Q-9-a, or simply playing pre-flop without any kind of outside bet. The pursuit of achieving this seemingly flawless result is admirable. However, these same strategies do not always translate into consistent winning hands. Many times, they will result in losses that will cost players more than what they expected.
Some will tell you that no-raise is a good three card poker strategy, and while it does work for some, it is certainly not a strategy that is consistently successful. When a player is dealt a hand consisting of Ace/King/Queen and calls, the odds are excellent that the caller will have raised both hands. However, when the hand is dealt a straight, the situation changes dramatically. The three cards dealt are now A-K and Q-J. If the three cards on the flop are A-K and K-Q, there is very little chance that either player can raise with a strength of either of those hands, especially if they both have premium hands.
A more traditional strategy for this kind of game involves a lot of betting (raises very low amounts) and raising the bets above the value of the pot. While this is an easy way to make money, it is also a slow way to make money. In order to make a profit, players must play tight at the start and then they can increase their bets as the game goes on and become a lot more aggressive. Most players make poor plays (such as betting large quantities of money) and will lose money. This is the fastest way to lose money at a poker table.
The second step towards becoming an expert at three card poker strategy is to figure out how many players are throwing away pre-flop. The way to do this is to figure out the house edge. What is the house edge? Basically, this is the percentage of the total number of chips in the pot that is kept by the house. That means that if you bet and lose, then your entire investment is simply whittled down to the original amount. It doesn’t matter if you had five players or one; if you bet and lost, it counts as one player losing and you now have a small edge (usually less than half) over all your opponents.
A final part of this strategy involves knowing when to fold. The two most important factors here are the quality of your cards and the quality of your draws. In order to make the most money with this style of strategy, players must be tight at the start and then they should aggressively make ante bets when they have strong hands and pull out pre-flop when they have poor ones. When players make good decisions (based on the quality of their hands and draws) and then follow them up with strong action, they have very strong hands and can usually bluffs pretty well without having to worry about whether or not the other players will come in for strong action.
So those are the three basic steps to getting started in this highly strategic game. The most important factor is that you are using a variety of poker variations in order to gain a competitive edge over the competition. In addition, you will definitely want to get as much experience as possible under your belt. Playing against the best is essential to developing and honing your skills and strategies. As you become more experienced you will begin to find a specific casino type that works best for your skills and preferences and then you will be able to rely on your top notch strategy to get you to the big jackpots.