When the game of Triple Play Draw Poker was introduced, it took the casino industry by storm to such an extent that people who have never played video poker before find themselves attracted to them.
The unusual twist that the Triple Play concept brought to video poker is that it allows a player to play three hands at once by dealing three rows of five cards. The first two rows are dealt face down while the third (bottom row) is dealt face up. The player chooses the cards they wish to hold from the bottom hand, after which those cards automatically appear in the corresponding spaces in the top two hands. After hitting the "draw" button, the player then gets three different draws from three different decks.
The beauty of the game is this: Say that you are dealt the ace, king, queen, and jack of spades on your bottom hand. You are one card away from a royal flush. On a conventional draw poker machine, you hold the four cards and have one chance to draw the 10 of spades to complete your royal. On a Triple Play machine you have THREE chances...three opportunities from three different decks to draw that 10 of spades!
Or say the player holds three-of-a-kind from the bottom hand. The player has three different chances of getting four-of-a-kind.
Triple Play Draw Poker was a joint venture by International Game Technology (IGT) and Action Gaming, Inc.
The Gold Dust West Casino in Reno was the first Northern Nevada casino to install Triple Play Draw Poker. It quickly became the number one game on the floor. They started with four machines.
You can play any number of coins that you desire. It takes a minimum of three coins to have a play on all three hands, one coin for each hand. It you bet six coins, you get a 2-coin bet on each hand. Nine coins give you a 3-coin bet on each hand. The maximum 15-coin bet gives you a 5-coin bet on each hand.
The pay table increases as your bet increases. Nickel machines are the most affordable. If you play quarter machines, a max bet gives you a $3.75 investment. A max bet on a dollar machine comes out to a hefty $15 investment.
Triple Play quickly expanded to five-play, 10-play, 50-play, and even 100 hundred play games. It remains one of the most popular video poker games on casino floors.