How to Play Three Card Poker

The object of the game is to make the best poker hand possible with only three cards.

Bet Against the Dealer’s Hand

The required Ante wager allows you to play against the Dealer. After you look at your three card hand, you have two options. You can fold. Or if you think your hand is high enough to beat the Dealer, place an equal wager on the Play spot. If your hand beats the Dealer’s qualifying hand of a Queen or better you win both wagers. If the Dealer doesn’t qualify, you win the Ante wager and the Play wager is a push.

Bet on Your Own Hand

If you like, you may also be the Pair Plus spot to play your hand value. If your hand contains a pair or better, you win according to the Pair Plus pay table.

If you make a Pair Plus wager in addition to the Ante wager, the Play wager must be made or all bets are forfeited.

Payout schedule

HandPayout Odds
Player foldsLose
When Dealer does not qualifyPlay is a Push & Ante wins 1 to 1
When Dealer qualifies & Player’s hand beats Dealer’s handPlay wins 1 to 1 & Ante wins 1 to 1

Ranking of Hands from Highest to Lowest

  • Straight Flush
  • Three of a Kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Pair

If no hand contains a pair or better, the hand that contains the highest ranking card(s) wins. Ace is high except in 3-2-Ace sequence.

Payout Schedule

When wagering against the Dealer, the following pay table will apply on the Ante.

HandPayout Odds
Straight1 to 1
Three of a Kind4 to 1
Straight Flush5 to 1

Pair plus Payouts

HandPayout Odds
Pair1 to 1
Flush3 to 1
Straight6 to 1
Three of a Kind30 to 1
Straight Flush40 to 1