Rules of Three Card Poker

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Three Card Poker Rules Three Card Poker is two games in one, PairPlus and Ante and Play. The player may bet on either one or both, and in different amounts. Both games are based on hands consisting of three cards.

PairPlus
This is a simple game in which you are dealt three cards and are paid according to their value. The dealer's hand is not involved. There is no raising or discarding. Below is the payoff table for Pairplus.

Payoff Table for PairPlus

Hand Payoff
Straight flush 40 to 1
Three of a kind 30 to 1
Straight 6 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
Pair 1 to 1

Ante and Play

Play begins with a wager on the ante. After you view your three cards you may either raise by putting an equal bet on play or fold and lose the ante bet. If you fold you also lose the Pairplus bet if one was made. This should not be any sacrifice because if the Pairplus bet paid anything, you shouldn't fold.

If you raise, you then go against the dealer's hand. The dealer needs at least a queen high to qualify. Below are the possible outcomes and their payoff:

  • Dealer does not qualify: Ante wins 1 to 1, play bet is returned
  • Dealer qualifies and player beats dealer: Both play and ante win 1 to 1
  • Dealer qualifies and dealer beats player: Both Play and ante lose
  • Dealer qualifies and dealer ties player: Both Play and ante push

In addition the Ante bet has an extra bonus that does not depend on the dealer's hand. This bonus pays as follows based on the ante bet.

Extra Bonus on Ante Bet
Hand Payoff
Straight flush 5 to 1
Three of a kind 4 to 1
Straight 1 to 1


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