Three Card Poker (poker)
Three Card Poker is a casino table game based on poker.
Three Card Poker is the most profitable proprietary table game played when measured by wins generated for land-based and online casinos, as well as when measuring revenue that is generated for the rights owners.
Despite that Three Card Poker is a relatively new game compared to other games like Blackjack and Roulette, it has quickly become one of the most played table games in both land-based and online casinos because of it’s ease to play, a relatively low house edge, and it offers big wins and fast-action excitement.
In Three Card Poker, your goal is to beat the dealer with a better three-card hand.
- Place an Ante bet and either or both of the optional Pair Plus and 6 Card Bonus bets.
- You will receive three cards. The dealer’s three cards are dealt face-down.
- If you feel confident in your hand, click PLAY to place a Play bet equivalent to your Ante bet. Otherwise, click FOLD.
Three Card Poker is played with one standard 52 card deck (Jokers are excluded). Cards are shuffled after each game round.
Three-card Straight has a higher value ranking than a three-card Flush in Three Card Poker. That’s simply because there are fewer ways to make a three-card Straight than a three-card Flush.
The individual cards are ranked in descending order: Ace (high or low), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. An Ace can be the highest value card in a Straight of A, K, Q or the lowest value card in a Straight of 3, 2, A.
If you and the dealer have hands of the same type, the one that includes the card of highest value wins (e.g. three Kings beats three Queens; a flush of Q, J, 10 beats a flush of 10, 9, 8).
When you and the dealer tie, the next highest card that is not part of the paying hand, known as the ‘Kicker’, determines the winner.
Winning hands for Three Card Poker:
- MINI ROYAL is a suited Ace, King and Queen.
- STRAIGHT FLUSH is a hand that contains three cards in sequence, all of the same suit, for example: King, Queen, Jack, all Diamonds.
- THREE OF A KIND is a hand that contains three cards of the same rank. For example, a player having three Kings in their hand would have Three of a Kind. Higher-valued Three of a Kind defeat lower-valued Three of a Kind.
- STRAIGHT is a hand that contains three cards of sequential rank in at least two different suits, e.g. Nine, Eight, Seven in two or more suits. Two straights are ranked by comparing the highest card of each. Two straights with the same high card are of equal value, as suits are not used to separate them.
- FLUSH is a hand where all three cards are of the same suit, but not in a sequence, e.g. three cards that are all Clubs. Two flushes are compared as if they were high card hands; the highest ranking card of each is compared to determine the winner. If both hands have the same highest card, then the second-highest ranking card is compared, and so on until a difference is found.
- PAIR is a hand that contains two cards of one rank (e.g. two Kings), plus one card which are not of this rank or the same as each other. Higher ranking Pairs defeat lower ranking Pairs. If two hands have the same Pair, the Kickers are compared in descending order to determine the winner.
- HIGH CARD is a poker hand made of any three cards not meeting any of the above requirements. Essentially, no hand is made, and the only thing of any meaning in the player’s hand is their highest card.
Winning hands for 6 Card Bonus:
- ROYAL FLUSH is a STRAIGHT FLUSH involving the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 all in the same suit.
- STRAIGHT FLUSH is a hand that contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit, for example: Nine, Eight, Seven, Six and Five, all Hearts.
- FOUR OF A KIND is a hand that contains all four cards of one rank and any other card. For example, four Aces in your hand would be Four of a Kind.
- FULL HOUSE is a hand that contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank, e.g. three Kings and two Sixes.
- FLUSH is a hand where all five cards are of the same suit, but not in a sequence, e.g. five cards that are all Clubs.
- STRAIGHT is a hand that contains five cards of sequential rank in at least two different suits, e.g. Nine, Eight, Seven, Six and Five in two or more suits.
- THREE OF A KIND is a hand that contains three cards of the same rank, plus two cards which are not of this rank or the same as each other. For example, a player having three Kings in their hand would have Three of a Kind.
Game Outcomes and Payouts
The outcomes are determined by comparing the player’s and dealer’s hand.
The dealer must have at least a Queen high or better to qualify.
Outcomes quick-reference table
The quick way to check game outcomes, whether you win, lose or tie.
Dealer does not qualify and you win - Ante: 1:1; Play: Push
Dealer qualifies and you win - Ante: 1:1; Play: 1:1
Dealer qualifies and you lose - Ante: Lose; Play: Lose
Dealer qualifies and you tie - Ante: Push; Play: Push
Player folds (chooses not to place a Play bet) - Ante:Lose; Play: -
If you place a Play bet and get a Straight Flush, Three of a Kind or Straight on your initial three cards, you win an Ante Bonus according to the pay table even if the dealer wins the round.
If you place an optional Pair Plus bet, you win according to the pay table with a Pair or better on your three cards, even if you fold and the dealer wins the round.
If you place an optional 6 Card Bonus bet, you win if your three cards plus the dealer’s three cards make a five-card poker hand of Three of a Kind or better. You win according to the paytable even if you fold and dealer wins the round.
Straight Flush or higher 5:1
Three of a Kind 4:1
Mini Royal (AKQ suited) 100:1
Straight Flush 40:1
Three of a Kind 30:1
6 CARD BONUS
Royal Flush 1,000:1
Straight Flush 200:1
Four of a Kind 100:1
Full House 20:1
Three of a Kind 7:1
Ante bet payout is 1:1.
Play bet payout is 1:1.
Return to Player
The optimal theoretical return-to-player percentage is:
- 96.63% - Ante bet
- 95.51% - Pair Plus bet
- 91.44% - 6 Card Bonus bet