Everything you need to know


  • 7 players at the same time

  • 1 dealer required

  • Stand-up height: NO chairs are necessary

  • Table dimensions:

  • 6.5 feet long

  • 3.5 feet wide

  • 3 feet tall

  • 125-150 square feet are needed for the table itself as well as everyone around it

3 Card Poker is one of the simplest casino poker games you can play. As you might have guessed, you use just 3 cards to make a poker hand. You then compete against the dealer to see who has the best 3-card poker hand. Beat the dealer and you win your bet (or bets). Hit a premium hand like a Flush or Straight and get paid handsomely.

The Basics


3 Card Poker uses the name "poker" because it uses the standard poker hand ranking order but it's more of a casino game than a poker game per se.

You can alter your bets slightly to chase different premium or bonus hands but there's no poker strategy - eg deciding which cards to keep or draw, making bets against other players - involved.

You simply choose between a couple of bets before the deal, see what 3 cards you receive and hope for the best.


There's an important exception to the standard poker hand rankings to note, though:


Because it's harder to make a straight in 3 card poker than a flush, the ranking order for straights and flushes are reversed.


This means:

  • A straight is MORE valuable than a flush in 3 Card Poker


Otherwise there are no changes to the hand rankings except for the elimination of any hands that require more than three cards.


This makes things pretty simple as there are only six possible 3-card poker hands you can make. Here they are ranked from highest to lowest:

  • Straight flush

  • Three of a kind

  • Straight

  • Flush

  • Pair

  • High card


How to Make Your Bets in 3-Card Poker


When you take your seat at a 3 Card Poker table you can usually choose between a couple of bets depending on the type of table you pick.

At most 3 Card Poker tables you can play:

  • Ante bet

  • Play bet

  • PairPlus

  • Both Ante and PairPlus bet

The Ante, PairPlus and Play Bets

Before you receive any cards you have to make a decision. Will you bet

  • A) Just the Ante bet or

  • B) The Ante and the PairPlus bet

The Ante bet you must make to receive any cards. The PairPlus is optional. Basically, you're simply betting whether you think you will be dealt a pair or higher in your 3-card poker hand.


Once everyone has at the 3-Card Poker table has made that decision and made their bets, the dealer deals 3 cards face down to everyone in the hand. You can then look at your cards.


Once you've looked at you cards you now make another decision: Do you want to go on and match your hand up against the dealer and see which one is higher?


If you do, then you now make a "Play" bet, which is equal to the ante bet. Here's a look at the basic order of game play.

  1. Place your ante bet (or ante and PairPlus bet)

  2. Receive your cards

  3. Choose to fold (losing all your bets made already) or make the Play bet (matching the ante)


If you fold you will lose your ante and your PairPlus bet (if you made it). If you Play (by matching the size of the ante), then you move on to compare your hand to the dealers to see if you get paid.


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