What is Brit Brag
Brit Brag is the original name given to three card poker which has gone on to become one of if not the most successful table game invented in the last century. With more than 1800 three card poker tables active in casinos across the globe, its success has been put down to the sheer persistence of the man who invented the game.
Brit Brag Explained
Invented by Derek Webb, an English professional poker player, Brit brag took its inspiration from poker but combined it with the speed that came with regular casino games. Up until Webb’s invention, poker had been seen as more for serious players only, by introducing the element of speed, Webb had hit upon the magic formula, he just had to get it to market.
By using a standard 52 card deck, the principle idea was that the game would take each player’s three card hand and pit it against the dealers. The game includes a payout of 50/1 if the player hits a mini royal hand (suited queen king and ace).
After ironing out all the rules, ensuring that there was just the right balance of keeping the payouts big and making sure the casinos had a decent enough advantage (a ‘house edge‘), Webb set about getting his game on the road. The first name he gave it was ‘Brit Brag’, but he quickly changed it to ‘Casino Brag’, neither of these names stuck around. Instead today it is referred to as ‘Three Card Poker’. In 1994 Webb applied for patents on the game in both the UK and the US. The UK was to prove to be a non-starter at first as the regulators were not keen on making big changes to their own set of rules, particularly for a game that was unproven. This is when Webb was encouraged to try his luck across the pond.
After a string of unsuccessful meetings in the USA, Webb was able to convince the Vice President of a casino in Mississippi that his game had legs. The casino agreed to a trial on the floor, Webb even offered to train the casino’s dealers for free.
Webb’s decision to offer up his knowledge of the game at no cost has been seen as the reason behind the game’s success. He would stand by the table every day for hours at a time. Not only to train the dealers properly, so every one knew the game’s finer details, but he would convince players to try out the game. His enthusiasm for his invention rubbed off on the players who took to the game quickly and after Webb’s hugely successful trial in Mississippi meant that Las Vegas and Reno started to take notice and he was quickly permitted to conduct a field trial in a casino in each city.
Webb used the same winning formula in both casinos, he would stay for hours each day encouraging players to try his game. His continual persistence paid off and the game started to really take off. From then on casinos throughout the US would compete to have Webb bring his game to their casino next and before anyone knew it, three card poker and its massive success was born.