3 Card Poker - Rules

3-Card Poker is a Stud Poker game, which is played with 3 cards per hand, but unlike regular Poker where players compete against each other, all players at this game compete either against the dealer or against a posted payout schedule for specific hands.

The game allows the player to wager against the dealer, to wager only on the value of his own hand or both of them. Bonus payouts may be won for certain hands when wagering against the dealer. 3-Card Poker hand rankings:

Name of Hand

Cards Held

Straight Flush

A hand with all 3 cards in sequence and all of the same suit with 3 cards of the same rank

Three of a Kind

A hand with 3 cards of the same rank

Straight

A hand with 3 cards in sequence but not all in one suit

Flush

A hand with all cards in the same suit but not all in a sequence

Pair

A hand with 2 cards of the same rank


 

 

 

 

To start, all the players make their bets. There are 2 bets a player can make that can affect the game payout; they are Ante and Pair Plus. The Ante bet is the fee charged to the player for playing the hand. The Pair Plus is a bet that the player will get at least a pair or higher. The player is not required to make both bets, but the player must make at least the Ante bet to play.

3-Card Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards.  Each player and the dealer are dealt 3 cards, giving each player in turn one card face down until all the players and the dealer have 3 face down cards.


Ante and Play Bets

To play against the dealer, place a bet in the Ante spot. Then 3 cards are dealt to everyone, including the dealer. Once you’ve seen your hand you may continue in the game by placing a bet in the Play spot, equal to your Ante bet. The dealer must have at least a Queen or better to 'qualify'. You may decide to fold after seeing your hand, and thus forfeit your Ante bet. Otherwise, the possible scenarios are as follows:

  • Dealer does not qualify: Your Ante bet wins even money, 1 to 1. Your Play bet is considered a push (returned to you).

  • Dealer does qualify, but your hand beats his: Both your Ante and Play bets win.

  • 1 to 1.

  • Dealer does qualify, and the dealer’s hand beats yours. Then both your Ante and Play bets lose.

  • Dealer does qualify, and dealer’s hand ties yours. Your Ante and Play bets are returned.

The value of the hands is as follows, from highest to lowest: Straight Flush, Three of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Pair. If neither dealer nor player has a pair, then the hand with the highest card wins. Aces are highest unless in a straight with 3-2-A.

Ante Payout: 

Name of Hand

Payout

Straight

1 to 1

Three of a Kind

4 to 1

Straight Flush

5 to 1

 






Pair Plus Bets

To bet on your hand's value alone, place a bet in the Pair Plus spot. Then 3 cards are dealt to each player (and the poker dealer). If you have a pair or better, it wins according to these payouts, usually:

Pair Plus Pay-out:

Name of Hand

Payout

Pair

1 to 1

Flush

4 to 1

Straight

6 to 1

Three of a Kind

30 to 1

Straight Flush

40 to 1

 

 

 

 

The last way to win in 3-card Poker is a Bonus on your Ante Bet when you happen to have an excellent hand. This is based on your hand alone, and it doesn't matter what the dealer has. If you had a Straight Flush, you win 5 to 1. Had Three of a Kind, you win 4 to 1. And a Straight wins 1 to 1.

 
 
 
 
 
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