How to Play Three Card Poker

Table Limits $5 Minimum - $100 Maximum

Three Card Poker uses a standard 52-card deck. There are two ways to bet on this game. This game allows the player to wager against the dealer (ANTE) and/or to place an additional bet based on the value of their own hand (PAIR PLUS).

Ranking of Hands

The ranking of hands in Three Card Poker differs from traditional poker hands. In Three Card poker, a STRAIGHT beats a FLUSH. Cards are ranked from the highest to lowest as follows:

HANDEXAMPLE
STRAIGHT FLUSH4, 5, 6 of the same suit
THREE OF A KINDThree jacks, or three 5's
STRAIGHT4, 5, 6 of any suit
FLUSHAny three cards of the same suit
PAIRTwo Kings, or two Aces

If a hand does not contain a pair or better, the hand that contains the highest ranking card(s) wins. Ace is high except in a 3-2-Ace sequence.

Two Ways to Play

1. Play Against the Dealer - ANTE WAGER

The object when playing against the dealer is to get a three-card poker hand with a value higher than the dealer's qualifying hand of a Queen or better. Players must first make an ANTE bet after which time each player is then dealt three cards. After looking at their three card poker hand, players may fold or, if they believe their hand is high enough to beat the dealer's hand, they must place an amount equal to their ANTE on the PLAY spot.

Outcome of Playing Against the Dealer
Player FoldsLOSE.
When a dealer does not qualifyPLAY bet is a PUSH and
ANTE bet WINS 1 to 1
When a dealer plays and player's hand beats the dealerPLAY bet wins 1 to 1 and
ANTE bet wins 1 to 1
When a dealer plays and dealer's hand beats the playerPLAY bet is lost and ANTE bet is lost
The ANTE BONUS is paid when a player is dealt one of the three highest-ranking hands in the game. The ANTE BONUS is paid regardless of the dealer's hand. Bonus Payouts are as follows:
HANDBONUS PAYOUT
STRAIGHT FLUSH5 to 1
THREE OF A KIND4 to 1
STRAIGHT1 to 1
2. Playing the PAIR PLUS
The object of the PAIR PLUS wager is to bet that you receive a pair or better. If a player's hand contains a pair or better the player wins the PAIR PLUS wager. A Player receives PAIR PLUS payouts regardless of the dealer's hand. Pair Plus Payouts are as follows:
HANDBONUS PAYOUT
STRAIGHT FLUSH40 to 1
THREE OF A KIND30 to 1
STRAIGHT6 to1
FLUSH3 to 1
PAIR1 to 1

Three Card Poker Guidelines

  • Players may not exchange or communicate information regarding their hand.
  • Any violation may result in a dead hand and forfeiture of ante and bet.
  • Incorrect amount of cards constitutes a dead hand (No Action).   
  • Seats are for players only.
  • English only to be spoken at the table.

Casino Management reserves the right to mediate all disputes.

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