3 Card

Published: 12/03/2013

The casino table game known as “Three Card Poker” is quite a new form of card play. It was invented by British professional poker player Derek J. Webb in the 1990s as a variation of Three Card Brag. One big difference between this version and the original was the ability to play directly against the House instead of other players.

Software developer Electracade saw an opportunity to broaden the appeal of this innovative game by developing a fixed odds version that an individual could play online. But instead of simply recreating the table game, they gave it an arcade-style twist with a race track format and a huge array of betting options. To distinguish it from Three Card Poker, they named it simply “3 Card.”

The main principles of this game are the same as those of its antecedent, but there is no dealer hand to beat. Instead, the player must predict which three cards will be dealt to complete a three-card hand. The game uses a full deck of 52 cards plus 4 Jokers, which are all displayed in the diamond-shaped layout.

To begin the game, the player must select a chip denomination at the bottom right side of the screen to use when placing bets. Available chip sizes are £0.10, £1, £5, £10, £25 and £100. Bets are placed by moving the cursor over any of the betting sections on the game board and choosing options that are likely to be included in the winning hand that is dealt. As the cursor passes over each betting section, the corresponding card symbols light up and the respective odds are displayed in a window to the right of the board.

If a bet is placed by mistake, using the “Clear Bet” button at the lower right corner of the screen will remove all bets. This can only be done before confirming the bet. When all of the wagers have been made and confirmed, clicking on the “Go” button at the lower right corner of the board will start the game. A yellow light flashes out from the Ace of Spades at the apex of the board and races around the track of cards, gradually slowing until it comes to rest on one card. This process is repeated until three cards have been identified.

The three cards generated to complete the hand are highlighted in yellow on the diamond layout and also be displayed in the window to the right of the display. Once the three-card hand is generated, all bets are settled. Winnings are displayed in a pop-up window at the lower right corner of the game window. Clicking on the “?” button in the winnings window will pop up a secondary window that displays the winnings in detail, including Bet Type, Stake, Hits, Odds, Winnings and Total Winnings.

A great variety of Bet Types are available in 3 Card. There are five distinct areas of the game window where bets can be placed. Within the Diamond Layout bets can be made directly on each of the 52 suited cards plus the four Jokers. Wagering areas are also included for Outer Edge, Inner Line and Within Square bets.

A second betting section is located at the upper right corner of the screen, where any of the card values 2~10 and J~A may be bet upon at odds of 4X for a single occurrence, 20X for two hits and 250X if all three cards are of the selected value. Choosing the Joker yields odds of 2X, 8X and 32X, respectively.

At the lower right of the screen is a third betting area for wagering on Suits (Spades, Diamonds, Clubs or Hearts), Colours (Red or Black) or Card Value (2~10 or J~A). The fourth betting area is in the lower left corner for wagers on No Aces, No Corners and No Jokers, as well as “No Show,” which is a combination of all three. The fifth betting area is in the upper right corner of the board for wagers on Run, Flush, Run-Flush and the “Royal” (AKQ Flush) worth 8000X.

Other options available when playing 3 Card include a “Turbo” function for faster play and a “Repeat Bet” button for wagering the same stake repeatedly. The pull-down “Options” menu at the top of the screen also allows control of audio settings.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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