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3 Card Brag, also known simply as Brag, was first played in the 18th century in Britain, although the game has similar traits to Primero, a Spanish Poker game dating back to the 1500s.
3 Card Brag has undergone some changes throughout the past century. In its early days, the game was all about bluffing and trying to deceive your opponent to win. These days, the online casino game, available at Casino.com, is a bluff-free match-up against a Live Dealer.
The player and dealer receive three cards, and whoever has a better Poker hand wins the round. The dealer will need at least a Queen in its hand to qualify for the round.
There are also two side bets the player can wager to increase the action and odds of winning.
Playtech launched 3 Card Brag Live in 2018 at their exclusive Live Dealer casino. This allows players to use real cards against a dealer instead of playing with a digital deck of cards in the regular casino game lobby.
The game has grown in popularity, thanks in large part to straightforward rules, great player odds, and quick gameplay.
Rules: How to Play 3 Card Brag
You can find 3 Card Brag Live in the casino game lobby by searching for it by name or opening the Live Dealer game lobby. Once the game loads, you will have to wait for the current hand to finish. You can either place an Ante bet right away and join the next game or view the game as a spectator to see the game flow
The first thing you must do is make an Ante bet. This is needed to get in the game and receive your cards. You can bet the Blind Play option, which automatically adds a matching bet and guarantees you’ll play the hand all the way through or hold onto your chips. Or, you can hold off betting the Blind and wait until you receive your cards before deciding whether you want to play through or fold.
The next decision is whether to wager on either of the two side bets.
- Poker Plus: This side bet combines the five best cards from the dealer and player’s hand, and if they create a winning Poker hand, you’ll win the payout.
- Pair Plus: You can make a Pair Plus wager even without placing an Ante bet. When the player’s three cards show a pair, flush, run, running flush, or prial, you win, regardless of the outcome of the hand.
You can see all the payouts for the side bets in the chart below.
There is a 15-second timer that counts down the time until the betting closes and the hand begins. Once it reaches 0, the player receives three face-up cards. If you didn’t place your chips on the Blind Play, you have the option now to add chips to the Play bet, which doubles your bet, or if you don’t like your odds, don’t make the bet and fold.
The dealer will wait a few seconds for all players to decide, and then they will turn over their three cards. For the dealer to qualify for a hand, they need a Queen or higher. If they don’t qualify, you will win a 1:1 payout on your Ante bet, regardless of what cards you have, and a push on the Play bet. The side bets are in play regardless of whether the dealer qualifies for the hand or not.
3 Card Brag Hands
There are just six winning hands in 3 Card Brag live:
- Prial: A three of a kind of any picture cards.
- Running Flush: Three cards that have the same suit and are in sequential order. The best Running Flush is A, 2, 3, while K, Q, A is the second-best combination.
- Run: When the cards are in sequential order but different suits.
- Flush: All three cards are the same suit.
- Pair: At least two of three cards must have the same value.
- High Card: When your three cards don’t create any of the combinations above, you look for who has the highest card. If the hand has an A, 3, 7 – the A is the high card. The dealer needs a Queen high card to qualify for the hand.
3 Card Brag Rules
3 Card Brag is fairly straightforward. There are only a few rules you must understand.
- The Ante Bet: You must place an Ante bet to play the game.
- The Deal: You will receive three face-up cards, and the dealer has three cards face-down.
- The Betting: If you didn’t place a bet in the Blind Play, you have the option to either play on, which requires a matching bet, or fold.
- The showdown: If you chose to play on, the dealer reveals their cards and the best hand wins.
- The Dealer’s Hand: The dealer needs at least a Queen high card to qualify a hand. If they don’t have it, the Play bet is a push, and you’ll receive a 1:1 payout on the Ante Bet.
3 Card Brag Payouts
The payouts for the base game and side bets are based on the quality of your hand. The best hand in the base game is a Prial, which is three royal cards, with a 5:1 payout. A high card win and a hand where the dealer doesn’t qualify have the lowest payouts at 1:1
HAND PAYOUT Prial 5 to 1 Running Flush 4 to 1 Run (and below) 1 to 1
The side bets are where the big payouts can occur:
HAND PAYOUT Prial 40 to 1 Running Flush 30 to 1 Run 6 to 1 Flush 4 to 1 Pair 1 to 1
HAND PAYOUT Royal Flush 1,000 to 1 Running Flush 200 to 1 Four of a Kind 100 to 1 Full House 15 to 1 Run 10 to 1 Prial 7 to 1
Bonuses and Promotion
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3 Card Brag FAQ:
What is 3 Card Brag RTP?
The RTP for the base game is 97.86%. The percentage dips down to 91.44% when playing the Pair Plus side bet, and it goes back to 96.18% if you make Poker Plus side bet.
What is 3 Card Brag Min Bet?
The minimum Ante bet is €0.50, which means if you want to play through the hand, you will need a minimum bet of €1. The minimum bet for the Pair Plus is also 50p.
What is 3 Card Brag Max Bet?
The game has a €2,500 maximum bet.
Can I play on my mobile?
Yes! 3 Card Brag Live is compatible with most Android and iOS devices. It’s important, however, that you have a secure internet connection and that you protect your device at all times. We can control the casino and games to ensure that your gaming is completely safe and fair, but we can’t control your device or connection!
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