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Triple Pocket Hold ‘Em Review

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Overview

Triple Pocket Hold ‘Em is a casino poker game (meaning that players bet against the banker rather than playing against each other) and is played with a single standard deck of 52 cards.

The player starts by placing an Ante wager and is then dealt 2 cards. They can then choose to Hold or Deal Again. Holding retains the player’s current cards and selecting Deal Again with move the two cards the player currently holds to one of the dealer position and the player’s cards are replaced with new cards. After this the player is again presented with the Hold or Deal Again options. Like before, selecting Deal Again will move the player’s current cards to the dealers second position and replace them with new cards.

After the player has decided to Hold or after they’ve selected Deal Again twice, the dealer will deal out 2 cards to each the dealer’s positions that are empty (haven’t been filled by replaced player hands) and will deal out 5 community cards.

The dealer and the player then make the strongest 5 card hand they can using their own 2 cards and the 5 community cards. The dealer can use either of the two dealer positions as their 2 cards. The hands are then compared and the strongest hand wins.

If the player wins their Ante bet is paid out according to the following paytable;

Player’s Hand Payout
Royal Flush 50 to 1
Straight Flush 20 to 1
4 of a Kind 10 to 1
Full House 4 to 1
Flush 2 to 1
Any Other 1 to 1

The optimum strategy for Triple Pocket Hold ‘Em comes in two stages; the first Hold/Deal Again decision and the second Hold/Deal Again decision. The strategy for the first decision is fairly straight forward;

Hold a pair of 3s or better

Hold a suited hand of A2, K4, Q8, J8 or T8 or better

Hold and unsuited hand of A5, K9, QT, JT or better

The second decision is far more complex and requires use of our Triple Pocket Hold ‘Em strategy calculator.

The House Edge of Triple Pocket Hold ‘Em – when considered over the full round of play rather than as a percentage Action of the initial bet and assuming that the player always plays optimal strategy – is 2.27%.

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