Three-Card Poker Rules

The Rules of Three-Card Poker

Three Card Poker is played with a deck of 52 cards and using a hand consisting of three cards. In the game, the player and the dealer challenge one other in contesting their respective hands, through various combinations. The combinations available to players in 3 Card Poker are less than traditional poker games such as Texas Hold’Em. This poker variant is consequently easy to learn as it’s a much faster game and the betting options are fewer in number. While Three-Card Poker is heavily criticized by a certain category of player which considers it an “express” card game, this diversion does nevertheless offer some not-insignificant advantages: this is particularly true of its simplicity of use, its time saving and its remunerative potential.

How to Play Three Card Poker

Before starting the proceedings, the player and the dealer begin by placing their initial bets, or Ante, one of them making what’s called the minimum bet and the other the maximum bet. Both participants subsequently receive three cards face down. They are not permitted to turn them over at this point. Depending on the variant of 3 card poker being played, the participants may or may not have the ability to examine their cards. At the same time, nothing prohibits them from making a second wager. They can raise their bets, call, or fold if they think they have no chance of winning. After the last round of betting, the participants put their hands side-by-side, and the one with the stronger hand rakes in the entire pot.

Three Card Poker Player Actions Explained

In Three Card Poker, it is impossible to form the same powerful card combinations that are so well known in classic Poker, such as a four-of-a-kind or a straight flush. The strongest combination in Three Card Poker will therefor be three-of-a-kind. The weakest hand will be a high card only hand, that is to say, without any specific combination. We show you in the table below the hierarchy of winning hands in Three-Card Poker:

Hand Combinations in Three Card Poker

There are very distinct rules in Three-Card Poker. It may happen that both parties are unable to form complex combinations and have to content themselves with simple high-card hands. In this case, one needs to know that the dealer must be holding a Queen in order to prevail over the player. A three-of-a-kind always trumps other winning combinations. Payouts are 3 to 1 with this particular combination. A tie can only occur if the player and dealer have hands with an identical face value; for example, a 3 of Clubs and a Queen of Spades will be nullified by a Queen of Diamonds and a 3 of Hearts. If at the end of the game, the player is no longer able to call the other player he is required to reveal all of his cards. The dealer prevails over the player if the latter declines to do so and this with a crucial payout ratio of 2 to 1.