Three Card Poker Rule Guide

Three Card Poker is played against the dealer. There are three types of bets the player can make.

  1. Pair Plus – the bet that the player gets the pair or better.
  2. Ante – the bet that the player’s hand beats the dealer’s one.
  3. Both Pair Plus and Ante bets simultaneously.

According to Three Card poker rule of betting, at first the player makes the bet. Then the player and the dealer are dealt three cards each. In case the player has chosen Pair Plus bet and his or her hand contains the pair or better he or she is paid according to the special Pair Plus Payout table:

Straight Flush 40:1
Three of a Kind 25:1
Straight 6:1
Flush 4:1
One Pair 1:1

In case the player bets on Ante he or she must decide whether to fold or raise and play. If the player prefers to fold the game is over and all the player’s bets are lost. Otherwise the player adds the amount equal to Ante bet into the pot and challenge the dealer. Then the cards are revealed and the winner is indicated.

To indicate the winner firstly the dealer’s hand must qualify. As the baswic Three Card poker rule says, to qualify it must contain Queen as well as Pair or better. In case it doesn’t happen, the dealer doesn’t qualify, the player is paid 1-to-1 on Ante bet and gets back the raise (pushes). If the dealer’s hand is quite good to qualify the hands are compared and the highest one wins. In case the player has the best poker hand he or she is paid 1-to-1 on Ante and separately 1-to-1 on raise bet. When the hands tie Ante bet and raise are returned to the player.

There is one additional Three Card Poker rule, according to which if the player makes Ante bet, then raises and it turns out that his or her hand contains Straight Flush, Straight or Three of a Kind the bonus is paid according to Ante Bonus Payout Table.

Straight Flush 4:1
Three of a Kind 3:1
Straight 1:1


When you choose to play blackjack, or poker, or roulette game of some particular version, make sure you have familiarized with all the rules and poker or roulette or blackjack strategies for this particular version. 

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