3 Card Poker


Poker might require a cool, calm exterior, but history actually tells us that the classic card game doesn't like to sit still.

As slippery as some of its greatest sharks, today Poker is played in a number of different ways. This game of chance is easy to learn and you'll soon discover it's fun to play!

Three Card Poker actually consists of two separate games, Pair Plus and Ante & Play. You can choose to be part of either or both.

If after reading this page you have any further questions regarding the rules, please ask our friendly staff - good luck!

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When playing you can:

Bet against the dealer (an Ante and Play wager)
Bet only on the value of your own hand (a Pair Plus wager)
Bet against both the dealer and on the value of your hand
Juicy bonus payouts can be won for certain hands!

Many beginners like Three Card Poker because you can compete against the Dealer, unlike Poker, where you must try to outwit your fellow players. And many gamblers see it as better than Caribbean Stud Poker because it pays on strong hands even if the dealer doesn't qualify.

How to Play Three Card Poker

To play, you begin by choosing how you want to bet. In front of each player are three betting circles.

If you want to bet that your hand will have at least a pair or higher, place your chips in the Pair Plus circle. If you want to wager that your hand will be higher than the Dealer's hand, place your chips in the Ante circle.

Each player and the Dealer are then dealt three cards.

Pair Plus players now check their hand to see if you win. With the right cards you could collect a 35-1 bonus!

If you are wagering on the Ante, you would now look at your cards and decide if you will fold or play.

If you are happy with your hand and you would like to continue, you must make an additional bet in the play circle equal to your Ante bet. If you decide that you have a weak hand, you can fold. This means you lose your Ante bet.

When all players have made their decisions, the Dealer turns over his cards. The Dealer needs to 'qualify' with a hand of Queen or higher for play to continue.

If the Dealer's hand does not have a Queen or higher all players still in the hand are paid even money (1-1) for their Ante wager. Your bet on the play will be returned to you.

Bonus Payouts

Three Card Poker offers you the chance to win a big bonus pay out just for having certain cards in your hand.

When playing Pair Plus you win with the following hands:

Pair: 1-1
Flush: 4-1
Straight: 6-1
Three of a Kind: 33-1
Straight Flush: 35-1

When making an Ante bet you are also in the running for a bonus pay win. You are paid a bonus for a Straight (1-1), Three of a Kind (4-1) and a Straight Flush (5-1) - whether you beat the dealer or not!

If the Dealer's hand does qualify then their hand is compared to your hand. If your hand beats the Dealer's you are paid out even money (1-1) for Ante and play bets. If the Dealer's hand beats your hand you lose both bets.

A bonus is paid out on your Ante bet if your hand contains a Straight, Three of a Kind or Straight Flush. Be prepared to win big!

Three Card Poker Hand Rankings

Because you only receive three cards, the hand rankings differ from traditional Poker hands. This is because of the different mathematical probabilities of making certain hands.

When playing an Ante bet against the Dealer you will be competing for the best-possible hand.

These are the hands you want (ranked highest to lowest):

Straight Flush: Three Cards of the same suit in a sequence. For example 2-3-4 of hearts.

Three of a Kind: Three cards of equal rank. For example 7-7-7.

Straight: Three cards in sequence of mixed suits.

Flush: Three cards of the same suit.

Pair: Two cards of equal rank.

If a hand doesn't have a pair, the hand with the highest card(s) wins. Aces are high except when used in a 3-2-A straight.

Side Bets
Some Three Card Poker tables offer side bets, should this be the case you will find the information detailed at the table on our digital displays.

Progressive Jackpot
Some of our tables offer a progressive Jackpot, details of which can be found on the digital display at the table.

The House Edge is the advantage that the casino (the House) is afforded in games.

What are the Odds?
The following figures represent the percentage that the casino would expect to retain on each hand given the normal pattern of play.

On Pair Plus 2.70%
Overall game 2.0%
Prime - 3.62%

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