Triple Pocket Hold'em Poker

There are a bunch of casino games inspired by poker, ranging from video poker, which is basically the single-player version of Five Card Draw, to Pai Gow Poker, which has little common with how a usual game of poker is played. In casinos, both land-based ones and Canada's best online gambling website, you'll find quite a few games that are based on or inspired by Hold'em, the most-played type of poker all over the world. Some are more complex, like Caribbean Hold'em (a proprietary game with a whole set of rules and side bets), others are much simpler and easier to play. Today, we'll take a look at one of these. The game is called "Triple Pocket Hold'em Poker", and is exclusive to the Royal Vegas and other Microgaming-powered online casinos.

The game

Triple Pocket Hold'em Poker is a relatively simple casino poker variant. As most other similar games, it is played with a single deck of 52 cards, and no jokers. As a simpler variant of the game, it has a single betting opportunity, no side bets or bonus bets. To play, the player has to place an "Ante" bet, and hit "Deal".

As in a classic game of Hold'em poker, the player is dealt a starting hand consisting of two cards. The player has the option to hold on to this hand or ask for a new one. Each hand the player discards ends up in the dealer's "pockets". The player can discard the pocket cards twice, with the third one being the one that will remain until the end of the round.

When both the player and the dealer are served - the player gets a single hand, while the dealer has two - the community cards are dealt. Just like in a proper Hold'em game, the upcoming card in the deck is burned, followed by the dealing of the flop, then another card is burned, followed by the turn, another burned card, and the river. Of course, no betting is done between them.

When all players are served, standard poker hands are formed using the pocket cards and the community cards, that are evaluated according to standard poker rules. To win, the player's hand has to beat both of the dealer's hands (when there is a tie, the bet is a push).


All winning hands pay 1 to 1, except some more valuable hands that come with bonus payouts: a flush pays 2 to 1, a full house, 4 to 1, four of a kind pays 10 to 1, a straight flush pays 20 to 1, and the Royal Flush pays 50 to 1 - we can consider it a jackpot payout.

Triple Pocket Hold'em Poker is a simple, easy to learn casino poker variant with a very fast pace and quite a few generous payouts. It is one of the most-played casino poker game at the Royal Vegas and beyond.