How to Play Three Card Poker

Three Card Poker is really two games in one - Three Card Ante/Play and Pair Plus. You can play either one or both games at the same time. The games are played with a standard 52 card deck. Cards are distributed to the dealer in groups of three by an automatic shuffling machine.

The Rules

Play must equal Ante

Dealer plays with queen high or better

When dealer does not play - Play...Push...Ante...1 to 1

When dealer plays and player wins - Play...1 to 1...Ante...1 to 1

Three Card Poker Hand Ranking
Straight Flush
Three of a Kind
High Card

Ante/Play Strategy

This game starts with the players placing bets in the Ante spots in the table layouts. The ante can be any amount within posted table limits. The players and the dealer all get three cards, face down. The players all look at their hands and either fold by giving their cards back and losing their Ante bet, or play by placing a bet, equal to the Ante, in the "play" spot in the layout. The dealer then turns over his cards. If he does not have Queen High or better, he doesn't qualify to play and pays the active players even money on their Ante bets and those with a straight or better are paid the additional Ante bonus. If he does have a qualifying hand, those who cannot beat it lose their Antes and their play bets, but still win the Ante bonus with a straight or higher. Those who can beat the dealer win even money on both bets plus the Ante bonus, if any.

Pair Plus Strategy

Since the only decision the player has to make in this game is to play or not to play, there is no strategy involved. However, the very low house advantage makes it about as attractive as any table game you can find. You cannot bet five dollars and win a house here, but the payouts are very generous.

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