How To Play Three Card Poker?

Three card poker
How To Play Three Card Poker?

If you love poker then there are many poker variations to give a try even with your mobile. One such is three card poker also called Tri Card Poker. Like any poker game, the game is played between the dealer and the player. This means the other players at the table will play no part in whether you win or lose.

To play three-card poker join any Australian-friendly online casino and register yourself as a player. Make a choice to play for free or with real money. To play with real money make some deposit in real dollars or Bitcoins, grab the online casino bonus and get started to play three-card poker.

About Three Card Poker

Three card poker
About Three Card Poker

Three-card poker uses a standard deck of 52 cards. The game consists of two hands which allows you to win some, all or more than your bets back. At the same time, it also means you can lose both bets. The two games consist of the Ante and Raise and the Pair Plus. The object of betting on the Ante and Raise is that your hand must beat the dealer’s hand using a three-card poker hand ranking. In Pairs Plus, players are wagering on whether their hands will contain at least a pair or better. In Three Card Poker players have the option to be on one hand, or both hands with no restrictions as to which hand they want to bet on.

How to play Three Card Poker?

How to play Three card poker
How to play Three Card Poker?

Once you load the game on your gaming screen, begin to play poker instantly.

Now place the Ante bet, you are dealt three cards face up and the dealer will then take his three cards face down. If you think your hand can beat the dealers you will have the option to raise which forces you to place a bet equal to the ante bet. In case, you feel the dealer’s hand will beat yours you can opt to fold however the Ante bet will be lost.

If you did Raise your hand, the dealer will reveal his three cards and must have a Q or higher in order to play. Your hand will play against the dealer and if your hand beats his, you will be paid according to the chart below. If the dealer does not hold at least a Q, the hands will not play against each other.

The player will receive 1/1 on his original Ante bet and the Raise bet will be considered a push. If the player’s hand has a straight or better one according to the three-card poker hand rankings, the player will be paid based on the Ante bonus. Ante bonus must have been placed prior to receiving any cards.

Pairs Plus can only be won if the player was dealt a pair or better. This is a separate bet from the Ante and will be paid according to the chart below. Players should note that you will be required to place your bet first before seeing any cards when wagering on Pairs Plus. Any wins in Pairs Plus pay 1:1. Additionally, if you bet on the Ante but fold your Raise you also lose your bet placed on Pairs Plus.

Rules to play Three Card Poker

Rules to play Three Card Poker
Rules to play Three Card Poker

The game commences when all players make their bets in the box mentioned as ‘Ante’. You can also wager on the optional bet called ‘Pair Plus’. All players in the game and the dealer will get 3 cards dealt face down.

If you think your hand is high enough to beat the dealer, place an equal amount of your original bet in the box mentioned ‘Bet’, or you can fold wherein you will lose the original bet along with the optional bet if played. The dealer needs a ‘Queen’ high or better to qualify. If the dealer qualifies, then the player’s hand will be compared to the dealer’s hand and the higher hand will win. If the dealer does not qualify, then the player will win even money on the Ante bet and the ‘Play’ bet will be a push.


Pair Plus bet will win, regardless of the dealer’s hand when you have a Pair or above and the payouts are as follows :

  • Mini Royal – 50 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 40 to 1
  • 3 of a kind – 30 to 1
  • Straight – 6 to 1
  • Flush – 3 to 1
  • Pair – 1 to 1

If you have a straight or higher hand, then you win Ante Bonus provided the dealer qualifies and the payouts are as follows :

Mini Royal – 5 to 1 | Straight Flush – 4 to 1

3 of a kind – 3 to 1 | Straight – 1 to 1

Pair plus winnings are paid based on the pay table

  • Dealer must hold a Q to play
  • Three-card straights always outrank any three-card flushes in 3 Card Poker.

3 Card Poker Hand Values

Cards are ranked from 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, with 2 being lowest and ace being highest. Players will use a three-card hand ranking to determine hands. Thus a straight is higher than a flush.

3 Card Poker Payouts – Ante and Raise Only

  • Straight Flush – 40:1
  • 3 of a Kind 30:1
  • Straight 6:1
  • Flush 4:1
  • Pair 2:1

3 Card Poker Payouts Ante Bonus

  • Straight Flush 5:1
  • 3 of a Kind 4:1
  • Straight 1:1

You can play three-card poker as a free game app also which is available at the app store and Google play store for iPhone and Android.

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Kamal Kaur