Last Update: Dec 11, 2002
3-5-7 Poker is a simple poker based game slowly finding a home in the casinos. It is actually 3 games in 1, the player can bet on a 3, 5, and 7 card hand and is paid according to the poker value of each.
Play begins with the player making 2 or 3 wagers. The player must bet on the 3 card and 5 card hand, the 7 card hand is optional. The player may bet any amount on any hand, subject to the table minimum and maximum.
After all players have bet, the dealer will give 3 cards to each player and 4 to himself, face down. Based on his first three cards the player may surrender half his 7 card bet if he wishes, in other words the dealer gets half the 7 card bet and the player gets back the other half.
The following pay tables show what each hand pays for each bet.
The player should never surrender. Since the 7 card hand has the lowest house edge I would recommend betting the most on that, and the least on the 5 card hand.
The following tables show the probabilities and return for each hand for all 3 bets.
The next table summarizes the house edge of each bet.
Reason #3 why the Wizard likes Bovada:
In my opinion many online casinos are too stingy when setting the odds on their games. They think they will make more money that way but I believe they are misguided, because when players lose too quickly it’s not fun, and those players might not come back.
Bovada is one of the few casinos that understands this. They offer generous odds to let you play longer and get you a better chance of winning. Among their generous offerings are Full-Pay Jacks or Better returning 99.54%, five other video poker games paying over 99%, single-zero roulette, and my favorite, Double Jackpot Poker, returning 99.63%!
Kudos to Bovada for not being afraid to give their players a good gamble.