3 Card Brag Rules & Analysis

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3 Card Brag Rules & Analysis

3 Card Brag Rules & Analysis

June 18, 2021  Author : ch799

Three Card Brag is quite similar to Three Card Poker. The hand order has a few minor rule adjustments that help the player slightly, but it's the same.

Rules of 3 Card Brag

We'll assume the reader is already familiar with Three Card Poker rules, so we'll only explain how they differ in this game. To begin with, the hands have their vocabulary. A translation guide can be found here:

Second, the hands are in a different order. The only difference is that a three of a kind wins over a straight flush. To put it another way, a Prial trumps a Running Flush in 3 Card Brag terms.

Third, some of the hands have various hand orders. To be more precise:
  • The highest three of a kind is 3-3-3. (Prial). Three of a kind is ranked the same way it is in Three Card Poker.
  • The highest run, or running flush, is A-2-3 (straight or straight flush). Otherwise, they are ranked in the same way that they are in Three Card Poker.

In 3 Card Brag, the Ante Bonus pay table is the same as the regular 1-4-5 paytable, but with the top two hands reversed:

The "Pair Bonus," as 3 Card Brag refers to it, is an analogue to the Pairplus. According to the generous 1-4-6-30-40 paytable, it pays out, but with the top two hands reversed once more.

Analysis of 3 Card Brag

The rule that the highest three of a kind and straight are the 3-3-3 and A-2-3, respectively, cuts both ways. As a result, we can ignore that rule for the sake of analysis.

The rule concerning exchanging the three of a kind and straight flush, on the other hand, benefits the player in both the Ante Bonus and the Pair Bonus. The house edge on the Pair Bonus is reduced from 2.32% to 2.14% due to the change in hand order. The house margin on the Ante bet is now 3.35%, down from 3.37% previously.