Live Three Card Poker Review

Evolution Gaming Live Three Card Poker, developed in partnership with Scientific Games, ”creates an authentic, world-class version of the most popular speciality table game of all time”, to quote its creator. Hands are kept small – to only three cards – to ensure that this live dealer game moves at a fast pace. It’s simple enough for newcomers to pick up while the Pair Plus and 6 Card Bonus side bets succeed in adding another dimension to the poker felt. Continue on to learn how to play and discover what it pays in our Live Three Card Poker review.
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Evolution Gaming Live Three Card Poker Quick Facts

RTPAnte bet – 96.63%, Pair Plus bet: 95.51%, 6 Card Bonus bet – 91.44%
ProviderEvolution Gaming
TypeLive dealer
EnvironmentStudio
Bespoke tableNo
Live dealersOne
Opening hours24/7
Minimum bet10c
Maximum bet€1,000
Special betsNo
StatisticsPayouts, Account history
AutoplayNo
Instant chatYes
Camera anglesSingle
Video settings Medium, High, HD
CompatibilityDesktop, Tablet, Mobile

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How to play Live Three Card Poker

Commence a new round of live three card poker by placing an Ante wager in the 15-second or so betting timeframe that’s allotted to each round. Place your chips by clicking your desired bet amount along with a Pair Plus or Six-Card Bonus bet if you please. Do keep in mind that these two bonus bets are evaluated separately, and thus, provide you with more opportunities to win.

Live Three Card Poker Review_ - Betting Area

Image source: leovegas.com, Evolution Gaming Live Three Card Poker

When the dealer announces No more bets, he/she draws a total of 6 cards from the dealing shoe – 3 for the player hand face-up first followed by 3 for himself/herself face-down. Before the dealer reveals his/her hand, you’re allowed a further 10 seconds or so to place a Play bet equal to your Ante bet or to Fold if the chance to win against the dealer looks slim. When this second betting window ends, the dealer exposes his/her cards. The rule emblazoned across the table stipulates that the Dealer plays with Queen High or better so he or she will announce “Dealer doesn’t play” or “Dealer plays with a Queen”, according to their hand.

So, how do you beat the dealer and win Live Three Card Poker?

Well, it varies based on the scenario in question. For example;

  • If the dealer’s hand doesn’t qualify, the Play bet pushes and the Ante bet is paid 1:1.
  • If the dealer’s hand qualifies, the higher-ranking between the dealer and the player’s hand wins.
  • If the player has the higher-ranking hand, the Ante and Play bets both pay even money.
  • If the dealer has the higher-ranking hand, the player loses both his/her Ante and Play bets.
  • If the player and dealer tie, the Ante and Play bets are a push.
  • If the player holds a Straight or better, the player receives an Ante Bonus (so long as they played their bet), irrespective of the value of the dealer’s hand.
  • The Pair Plus Bonus and the 6 Card Bonus bet pay entirely based on the value of the player’s hand.

The round concludes with the dealer reconciling the hands of the players who did not fold according to the aforementioned Live Three Card Poker game rules. Play bet first, the Ante Bonus second, the Ante bet third, then the Pair Plus Bonus bet and the 6 Card Bonus bet last.

Live Three Card Poker RTP and payouts

As with all titles from this game provider, you’ll find what each bet of Live Three Card Poker pays and their associated theoretical return to player (RTP) by hovering over the drawing pin icon to the top left of the interface on desktop and clicking the ? respectively. 

For now, find them listed in the payout tables below for your convenience.

  • Ante bet (based on initial bet): 96.63%
  • Pair Plus bet: 95.51%
  • 6 Card Bonus bet: 91.44%
Hand Minimum bet Maximum bet Payout
Ante €1 €5,000 1:1
Play (*Pushes if dealer has less than Queen High) €1 €5,000 1:1

Ante Bonus Bet

Hand Minimum bet Maximum bet Payout
Straight Flush €1 €5,000 5:1
Three of a Kind €1 €5,000 4:1
Straight €1 €5,000 1:1

Pair Plus Bet

Hand Minimum bet Maximum bet Payout
Mini Royal €1 €1,000 100:1
Straight Flush €1 €1,000 40:1
Three of a Kind €1 €1,000 30:1
Straight €1 €1,000 5:1
Flush €1 €1,000 4:1
Pair €1 €1,000 1:1

6 Card Bonus Bet

Hand Minimum bet Maximum bet Payout
Royal Flush €1 €200 1000:1
Straight Flush €1 €200 100:1
Four of a Kind €1 €200 20:1
Flush €1 €200 15:1
Straight €1 €200 10:1
Three of a Kind €1 €200 7:1

What Live Three Card Poker looks like

Rightly so, the expertly-crafted, semi-circular Live Three Card Poker table takes centre stage. It’s a deep green colour with gold, red and blue colouring used for the text and markings on the felt as shown in the image.

Live Three Card Poker Review - Table

leovegas.com, Evolution Gaming Live Three Card Poker

Plenty of digital renditions of the table will appear on your screen including a view of the current player and dealer card poker hands once both are revealed.

Live Three Card Poker Review_ - Betting Area

leovegas.com, Evolution Gaming Live Three Card Poker

Despite being set in a production studio, the lighting and gold accents of Live Three Card Poker as well as the additional tables in the background capture the essence of the real-life setting. All the dealers are highly-trained at the Evolution Academy before they are camera-ready, thus, they have precise dealing patterns and know how to give the game and the camera equal attention. Don’t hesitate to engage with them as you play via the chat function. After receiving your chat message, they’ll respond verbally. Aesthetically, the dealers look professional too. Male dealers wear black vests with bow ties, while female dealers wear gold dresses.

How Live Three Card Poker works

Like most live games from Evolution Gaming, Live Three Card Poker is intuitive and easy to follow.

In the upper right corner is where you’ll find the majority of the game controls and settings. From here you can access the chat window, adjust the volume, video and audio settings to suit your preferences, view your betting history and access game help. At the lower right corner of the screen, you’ll see the option to enter multi-table mode via the + Table button and quick access to the game lobby.

You’ll have access to the paytable from the upper lefthand corner of the interface. Click the pin icon to keep the paytable visible on the screen, or simply hover over it to take a quick look. Or better still, just keep this page open as you play Live Three Card Poker on another device to avoid cluttering the interface.

Mobile Vs. Desktop

This Evolution Gaming title is accessible on desktop and mobile, but how does the game perform on both? These are the five things that stood out to us.

Mobile

  • Landscape mode is preferable over portrait.
  • Can’t participate in the chat without obstructing the stream.
  • Settings are limited.

VS

Desktop

  • Ample space for every element such a the card overlays.
  • The ability to pin the payouts is useful as you’re familiarising yourself with the game.
  • The stream is crystal clear on any screen.
  • The winners list is unobtrusive.

What do you think about Live Three Card Poker?

Have you signed up to an Evolution Gaming live dealer casino and played Live Three Card Poker online? Did you have a particularly good winning streak or encounter a live dealer who deserves some recognition? We’d love to hear your stories, thoughts and opinions on the game. Let us know what you think via feedback@livecasino.com.

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