3 Card Poker


Poker might require a cool, calm exterior, but history actually tells us that the classic card game doesn't like to sit still. As slippery as some of its greatest sharks, today Poker is played in a number of different ways. This game of chance is easy to learn and you'll soon discover it's fun to play! Three Card Poker actually consists of two separate games, Pair Plus and Ante & Play. You can choose to be part of either or both.

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When playing you can:

Bet against the dealer (an Ante and Play wager)
Bet only on the value of your own hand (a Pair Plus wager)
Bet against both the dealer and on the value of your hand
Juicy bonus payouts can be won for certain hands!

Many beginners like Three Card Poker because you can compete against the Dealer, unlike Poker, where you must try to outwit your fellow players. And many gamblers see it as better than Caribbean Stud Poker because it pays on strong hands even if the dealer doesn't qualify.


The game is played with one deck of cards. Ace is high but may be used as a value of one within a Straight or Straight Flush (see below), being Ace, 2, 3.

Players may make an initial wager, comprising either or both of the following:

  • An “Ante” wager – Being that the player’s hand will have a higher poker ranking than the dealers.
  • A “Pair Plus” wager – Being that the player’s hand will achieve a particular hand ranking, irrespective of whether it beats the dealer.

Each player and the dealer are dealt three cards face down. Players may touch their cards to assess their hand.

A Player who has made an Ante wager who wishes to continue in the game must make a further wager, called the “Play” wager, of an equal amount to their Ante bet. Otherwise, their Ante bet will lose.

Players who only placed a “Pair Plus” wager, without an Ante bet, will remain in the game provided their hand contains at least a pair.

Hands are ranked in descending order as follows:

STRAIGHT FLUSH – Three cards of consecutive values of the same suit (e.g. 4H,5H,6H)

THREE OF A KIND – Three cards of the same value (e.g. 3 x 7’s, 3 x kings etc)

STRAIGHT – Three cards of consecutive values but not the same suit (e.g. 4H,5C,6D)

FLUSH – Three cards of the same suit but not consecutive values (e.g. 4H, 7H, 9H)

PAIR – Two cards of the same value (e.g. 2 x 6’s, 2 x 4’s)

HIGH CARD – The highest single card in a hand that has none of the above rankings.

The Dealer must have a hand with at least “Queen High” to qualify against the Player’s hand.

If the Dealer DOES NOT qualify:

  • All “Play” bets are void (“standoff”) and are returned to the players.
  • “Ante Bonuses” are paid on hands with a “Straight” or better.
  • All “Ante” bets win and are paid odds of 1 to 1
  • All “Pair Plus” wagers are paid or lose, according to whether they contain at least a Pair in the above table of rankings.

If the Dealer DOES qualify:

  • The “Play” wagers are paid or lose, depending on whether they have a higher ranking than the Dealer’s hand in the above table.
  • “Ante Bonuses” are paid on all Straights or better.
  • Ante bets are paid or taken.
  • All “Pair Plus” wagers are paid or lose according to whether they contain at least a Pair in the above table of rankings.

A tied hand is a standoff on the “Play” and “Ante”. However, the “Ante Bonus” and “Pair Plus” are always paid where the hand meets the required ranking. If the dealer qualifies and has a higher hand ranking than the player, the “Ante” and “Play” wagers will both lose. If the Player has placed a Pair Plus wager but their hand does not contain at least a pair, the wager will lose.

Side Bets
Some Three Card Poker tables offer side bets, should this be the case you will find the information detailed at the table on our digital displays.

Progressive Jackpot
Some of our tables offer a progressive Jackpot, details of which can be found on the digital display at the table.

Three card poker is a relative new comer to casinos, first invented in 1997. At Casino 36 we have 4 tables for you to enjoy.

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