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Three Card Poker – Wanna Learn How to Play?

Three Card Poker is becoming more and more popular online as a fast action and fun game. It’s an easy game to play that can be learned in a few minutes and it’s a game where playing correctly to level the odds as much as possible is relatively easy to pick up.

It’s a casino based table game and in this instance we’ll look at playing in an online casino, of course, this is more or less the same as in a traditional casino but with a little more automation. First off, we’ll have a look at the rules of Three Card Poker.

Let’s have a look at how to play Three Card Poker

To start a hand of Three Card Poker the rules state and request that you place an ante bet. You can also choose to place a bet Pair Plus bet if you wish although this is not compulsory.


You will then be dealt 3 cards and you have to choose whether to play, and place another chip of equal value to your ante on the table, or fold. Playing is like raising in a normal game of poker with folding being the only other option available. The Dealer is also dealt 3 cards at this point but you can only view one of them.

As a general basic strategy for Three Card Poker, you should play any hand Q-6-4 or higher and fold any hand Q-6-3 or under.

If you fold then the Dealer wins your ante bet. However, if you choose to play there are a number of possibilities.

The Dealer’s cards will be turned over in full view, if the Dealer’s cards do not hold a Queen high or better then the Dealer fails to qualify and the hand is over. Your play bet will be returned to you with twice the amount you placed as your ante bet. Any pair plus bonus will be paid. A little more on pair plus bonuses later.

If the Dealers hand qualifies and is higher ranking than yours then the Dealer wins the hand and your chips. A tie returns both bets to you.

If the Dealer qualifies but is lower than yours then you will double your money on the ante bet and also the play bet. If your hand contains a straight flush, three of a kind or a straight your ante bonus will be paid at the rates detailed below. Aces can be played as both high and low cards in Three Card Poker and due to only 3 cards making a hand, a straight is higher than a flush.

  • Straight Flush 5:1
  • Three of a Kind 4:1
  • Straight 1:1

If you placed a bet on Pair Plus and your hand contains a pair or greater then you will typically be paid out at the odds below:

  • Straight Flush 40:1
  • Three of a Kind 30:1
  • Straight 6:1
  • Flush 4:1
  • Pair 1:1

Overall Three Card Poker Rules Hand Ranking

  • Straight Flush
  • Three of a Kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Pair
  • High Card

The odds stated in these Three Card Poker Rules are a guide only and may differ slightly from casino to casino.

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