What is Poker 3 Heads Up Hold’em?
Poker 3 is Betsoft’s version of Heads Up Hold’em, a poker variant that has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. In terms of structure, Heads Up is extremely similar to Ultimate Texas Hold’em, in which the players challenge the dealer instead of each other.
Heads Up follows the same rules, reducing the entire game of poker to just two opposing players, usually as a result of a larger session during which the other players have been gradually eliminated. Betsoft’s Poker 3 Heads Up Hold’em is played against the virtual dealer from the get-go, same as Casino Hold’em or Caribbean Stud.
How to Play Poker 3 Heads Up Holdem – Basic Rules and Table Layout
Placed against a 3D background, Betsoft Poker 3 Heads Up Hold’em replicates the settings of an actual casino and enables the users to choose both their opponent and the stake size before initiating the session. Once the technicalities are out of the way, the players confirm their selection by clicking on the Deal command, placing the Ante bet at the same time.
The player’s hand is displayed at the bottom of the game screen (to the right) while the dealer’s cards will be facing down till the end of the session. After the initial cards have been dealt, the player is presented with two options:
- Fold and forfeit the Ante
- Call and add an extra bet
If one decides to raise the bet, three more cards will be placed on the table (facing up). This is the so-called Flop which the players can combine with the initial two cards. With additional cards on their disposal, the players will once again get to choose between folding the hand or raising the bet. Placing a new stake will add an extra community card (Turn) and this time it will cost extra to remain in the game – the Call bet will now be doubled.
When the River (the fifth and final card) is added to the community pile, the players have one final chance to fold or raise. At that point, the cards are being revealed and the player with the higher-ranking hand wins the bet.
For the sake of clarity, let us break the entire session into the following stages:
Stage 1 Player starts the round by submitting the Ante and the cards are being dealt. The players now have two choices:
- Fold and lose the initial bet, thus ending the session
- Call, adding an extra bet
Stage 2 The first three community cards are placed on the table and the players can once again increase the stake or fold. Unless they decide to fold, a new community card will be added to the pile.
Stage 3 Call bet is doubled, and the fifth community card is drawn.
Stage 4 Players have one final chance to forfeit the round, otherwise, the stakes are raised again, and the bets settled.
The stakes can be changed before every new session.
Poker 3 Heads Up Hold’em Payout Table
Heads Up Hold’em is settled according to the standard paytable, which corresponds to the one applied to Ultimate Texas Hold’em:
- Straight hand – 1:1
- Flush – 3:2
- Full House – 3:1
- Four of a Kind – 10:1
- Straight Flush – 50:1
- Royal Flush – 500:1
The hands are ranked as follows (top to bottom):
- Royal Flush – suited Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10
- Straight Flush – any 5 suited cards in a sequence. The denomination of the cards will determine the value of the Straight
- Flush, meaning that a suited 9-10-J-Q-K will outrank the suited 5-4-3-2-A
- Four of a Kind – any 4 cards that have the same rank (for example, a set of 4 Aces is the highest ranking Four of a Kind hand)
- Full House – 3 cards with the same rank accompanied with a pair. 3 Aces + a pair of Kings is the strongest Full House hand as opposed to three 2s with a pair of 3s
- Flush – any 5 suited cards. The ranking rules apply here as well, which means that A-K-Q-J-9 is the strongest Flush hand
- Straight – 5 non-suited, sequenced cards. A-2-3-4-5 is the weakest Straight hand
- Three of a Kind – 3 matched cards (2-2-2 would be the lowest ranking Three of a Kind hand)
- Two Pairs – any two pairs (A-A+K-K as the strongest or 2-2+3-3 as the weakest Two Pairs representative)
- One Pair – any pair. A pair of Aces has the highest rank in this category
- High Card – any card in the hand that has the highest value
Poker 3 Heads Up Hold’em Tips and Strategies
The basic poker strategy prompts the players to call whenever possible, especially if they hold:
- A pair
- An open-ended hand (a sequence of cards that can be completed from both ends to form a Straight. For example, 3-4-5-6 can be completed by either a 2 or a 7
- A King, Queen, or an Ace
- The so-called Flush draw, a hand that only needs one card to form a Flush
- Two overcards – cards that are ranked higher than the community cards
One should only fold on low cards which cannot form a pair or if their cards do not have the same suit as the community cards.
Beginners are also advised to start with lower stakes, at least until they master the strategy and feel confident enough to press their bets.
…and with this you should be good to go and try out some Poker 3 Heads Up Hold’em for yourself! This is a simple one here with not a lot of hand-combinations to remember as you head out to the casino of your choice to clean up!
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