Three Card Poker® is a fast and exciting poker game that offers three ways to play and four different ways to win. The three-card format makes the game quick and easy to play, and players can bet on their own hand or against the dealer or both.
The game is played with a single deck of 52 cards. Three Card Poker® is actually two games in one. There is the Play/Ante game where you are playing against the dealer to see who has the highest hand. There is also the Pair Plus game where you are wagering on whether or not you will be dealt a pair or better.
If a player has made a bet on the Ante they must make their decision to fold or play after looking at their hand. If the player folds he forfeits their Ante wager. If the players want to continue they must make an additional bet in the Play circle equal to their Ante bet.
The dealer needs to “qualify” with a hand of Queen or higher for play to continue. If the dealer’s hand does not contain a Queen or higher the player will be paid even money for their Ante wager and their bet on the Play will be returned to them.
If the dealer’s hand does qualify then the hand is compared to the player’s hand. If your hand beats the dealers hand you will be paid even money for your Ante and Play bets. If the dealer’s hand beats your hand you lose both bets. In a tie then the player wins the hand.
In addition to normal ante-and-play gameplay, there is a bonus payout on the ante bet for especially good hands. These bonus payouts are paid only on the ante bet for any player who chooses to play, regardless of whether the dealer qualifies or whether the player wins or loses. The payoff for each hand is described on the table of the game.
The Pair Plus wager is based only on whether your three card hand has a Pair or higher. It doesn’t matter if the dealer qualifies or even beats you if you have a bet on the Ante Game. If your hand has a pair or better you win. If it does not have at least a pair you will lose. The Pair Plus wager is paid based on the pay table established by the casino and it’s printed on the table surface of the game.
Because you are only dealt three cards the hand ranking are a little different than with traditional five card hands. The hands are ranked for the highest to the lowest as follows:
1. Mini Royal Flush: Ace, Kind and Queen of the same suit in sequence. This is only valid in Mini Royal version of this game.
2. Straight Flush: Three cards of the same suit in sequence. Example 6-7-8 of spades.
3. Three of a Kind: Three cards of equal rank.
4. Straight: Three cards in sequence of mixed suits.
5. Flush: Three cards of the same suit.
6. Pair: Two cards of equal rank.
7. High Card: The highest card in your hand.
Placing a Bet
To place a bet you need to select a chip clicking on it then selecting the ANTE bet or Pair Plus bet or both. Every time you click on ANTE or Pair Plus fields a chip will be added to that bet. Chips are ordered from the one with the higher value to the lower one.
To remove a bet press Shift key along with left click on the bet chips and the chip on top will be removed. You can do this for every chip you got on the betting spot.
Playing the Game
Click on the "DEAL" button to start the game. Two card sets are deal, one for the player and one for the dealer (with all card face down). At this point the player can take one of two actions:
· PLAY: If you feel you have a hand which will beat the dealer's hand, you will make this bet. This is exactly the same amount of the ANTE bet.
· FOLD: If you do not feel you have a strong enough hand to beat the dealer, you fold. With this action you forfeit your ANTE bet and you do not make the PLAY bet.
Exit the Game
Click EXIT to leave the game and return to the Casino Lobby. You cannot leave a game until it’s finished.