Three Card Poker - Game Guide
Three Card Poker is a unique game in the online casino where the player is dealt three cards and payouts are based on a specific payout table depending on those three cards. The higher hand wins, as in other poker games, but in Three Card Poker the player doesn’t have to Ante up before any cards or dealt. The player could make a Pair Plus wager instead of an Ante wager. The player can raise or fold in Three Card Poker just like in most poker games and the dealer’s hand only qualifies with a Queen or better.
Three Card Poker - How to Play
Before any cards are dealt, the player makes either an Ante bet, a Pair Plus bet, or both. The player is dealt 3 cards up. The dealer’s 3 cards are dealt down. If the player made an Ante bet, he has two choices, fold or play. If the player folds, the dealer takes the Ante wager and closes the hand. If the player decides to play, then he makes a bet equal to the amount of the Ante bet. The dealer turns his cards over. If the dealer doesn’t have a Queen, then the dealer pays the Ante bet and the Play bet pushes. If the dealer’s hand qualifies, then play resumes and the highest hand wins.
The Pair Plus wager is a separate wager from the Ante wager. A Pair Plus wager is made before the hands are dealt. If the player’s hand is higher than the dealer’s hand, the player scores! Like the Ante/Play wager, the Pair Plus wager can qualify for a bonus payout.
Three Card Poker - Bet Types
Before any play begins, the player has to make at least either a Pair Plus wager, an Ante wager, or both. Once the cards are dealt, the player can either fold or make a Play wager that is equal to the Ante wager.
If the player only made a Pair Plus wager, the cards are dealt and the high hand wins.
Three Card Poker - Minimum and Maximum Bet Amounts
The minimum bet in Three Card Poker is $1.
The maximum bet in Three Card Poker is $100.
Three Card Poker – Payouts
High hand wins in Three Card Poker for the Ante and Play. Ante and Play bets payout at 1:1, but there’s also a bonus payout to the Ante/Play wagers. See the table below.
| Hand || Payout
| Straight || 1|
| 3 of a Kind || 4|
| Str. Flush || 5 |
See below for the Pair Plus Payouts. Be aware that the Str. Flush Payout for Pair Plus wagers changes from day to day. The Str. Flush Payout will be written in the online casino as “TODAY the Str. Flush Payout is 35 to 1”.
| 2 of a Kind || 1 |
| Flush || 4|
| Straight || 6|
| 3 of a Kind || 20|
| Str. Flush || 35|
Three Card Poker - Strategy/Tips
There is no real strategy if you’re playing the Pair Plus bet. If after the cards are dealt, you have a pair higher than the dealer’s, you win. If not, you lose.
When it comes to the Ante and Play bets, you want to play with a Queen or higher. If you’re not showing a Queen, then you should consider folding because playing requires you to double your bet. You’re going to want to at least have a 6 following the Queen before making the Play bet as well. A Queen, 6, puts you into a decent position to beat the dealer’s hand. The dealer first must qualify with a Queen and, then, has to have a card that beats the 6. Since 6 is one higher than 5, and 5 is half of 10, a Queen, 6, is a good hand to consider playing.
Many Three Card Poker strategists will only place a Play wager if they’re showing Queen, 6, 4, but you could be giving up a lot of Ante bets with that strategy!
Poker – Glossary
act – To check, call, play, fold, open betting or raise. In Three Card Poker, you can only play or fold.
action – A bet.
ante – The minimum bet before a game of poker begins.
deal – The act of distributing cards to players.
face cards – Cards in the deck with “faces”: the Jack, Queen and King.
flush – A hand where all of the cards are of the same suit: all cards are diamonds, clubs, hearts or spades.
fold – Giving up on the hand, admitting that you’ve lost.
four of a kind – Four cards of the same value. Four Aces constitutes four of a kind.
full house – In a 5 card game of poker, having a pair and three of a kind.
hand – The cards that each player holds. Example: if you’re dealt a King, Queen and Jack, your hand is a King, Queen and Jack.
high card – The card with the highest value in a hand.
hole – The cards dealt face down.
off-suit – Cards not in the same suit.
pair – Two cards of the same value.
play – To play means to bet or raise in a game.
push – A tie or draw.
raise – To increase your wager.
royal flush – When your cards, in a 5 card poker game, are a 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace and are all of the same suit, all of the cards are hearts, for example. A royal flush is the best possible hand in the game of poker.
shuffle – Mixing up the cards before they’re dealt.
straight – When your cards in order. For example, a 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 in a 5 card game of poker constitutes a straight.
straight flush – When all of your cards are in order and of the same suit. For example, a 6 of clubs, 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of clubs and 10 of clubs in a 5 card game of poker constitutes a straight flush.
table limit – The maximum and minimum wagers allowed in a game.
three of a kind – Having three cards of the same value, three 9s, as an example.
two of a kind – A pair, two cards of the same value. Example: two 8s constitute a pair of eights.