Three Card Poker Rules

Three Card Poker - Standard Rules

Three Card Poker involves two independent bets : Pair Plus and Ante and Play. A player may make a wager on either one or both of these bets before the deal commences.

Cards are dealt from a standard 52 card deck and hands are ranked from highest to lowest: Straight Flush, Three of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Pair, Nothing. See Hand Ranking page for a more detailed explanation. Both the player and dealer are dealt three cards to their hand.

Pair Plus

The result of the Pair Plus bet is determined only by the hand rank of the player's hand, the dealer's hand being irrelevant. The player wins the bet with a pair or better and loses with nothing. A typical pay table is as follows.

Straight Flush40 to 1
Three of a Kind30 to 1
Straight6 to 1
Flush4 to 1
Pair1 to 1

Ante and Play

Before cards are dealt the player makes an Ante wager. After being dealt a hand of three cards the player may either:

  1. Fold and lose the ante bet.
  2. Play and make a further wager equal to the ante bet.

If the player decides to make the Play bet the dealer's hand is revealed and a showdown occurs. If the dealer has a Queen high or better the hand is said to qualify. The result of the hand is determined as follows with the rank of hands compared if the dealer qualifies:

ResultAnte bet PaysPlay Bet Pays
Dealer does not qualifyWin Even MoneyPush
Dealer qualifies, player's hand winsWin Even MoneyWin Even Money
Dealer qualifies, player's hand tiesPushPush
Dealer qualifies, player's hand losesLoseLose

If the player hand consists of a straight or better a bonus is paid on the Ante bet not depending on the dealer's hand or whether the player wins or loses. The bonus pay-outs can vary between casinos with a typical pay table below:

HandBonus Payout
Straight Flush5 to 1
Three of a Kind4 to 1
Straight1 to 1

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