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Free 3-Card Poker Tutorial

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Description and Objective

3-Card Poker is a slight twist on Poker and is similar to Caribbean Stud Poker. Both the player and the dealer get three cards.

There are three different bets you can play Pairs plus, Ante, or Both!:

  • Pair Plus = the player bets if his hand will have a pair or better, and
  • Ante = the player competes with the dealer.
  • Both the Pair Plus and Ante bet (at the same time).
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Game Play

The player can place either the Pair Plus bet or the Ante bet, or both. After placing his bets, both the player and the dealer receive three cards. If the player bets on Pair Plus, he is rewarded according to the Pair Plus Payout Table if his hand contains a pair or better. If the player bets on Ante, he must now decide either to fold, if he does not think he can beat the dealer’s hand, or to raise and challenge the dealer.  If the player chooses to fold, he loses the Ante bet AND the Pair Plus bet (if he placed one) and the game is over.  If the player chooses to raise, he bets an additional amount equal to the ante bet, the dealer reveals his cards, a winner is determined, win paid if applicable, and the game is over.

To determine the game winner after the player has raised, the dealer’s hand must first “qualify”.  In Tri-Card Poker, the dealer’s hand qualifies if it ranks as High Card with a Queen or ranks as a Pair or better.  If the dealer’s hand does not qualify, the player wins 1 to 1 on the ante bet and “pushes” the raise bet (i.e. the player gets the raise bet back without winning or losing).

If the dealer’s hand does qualify, the best ranking hand wins.  If the dealer’s hand ranks higher, the player loses both the ante bet and the raise bet.  If the player’s hand ranks higher, the player wins 1 to 1 on both the ante and raise bets, and wins the raise bet calculated according to the Pay Tables, below. If both the dealer’s hand and the player’s hand have the same rank, the highest ranking card determines the winner (for example, a Pair of Kings beats a Pair of 10s).  Finally, if the dealer’s hand ties the player’s hand both the ante bet and the raise bet are pushed back to the player.

If the player places an ante bet, raises the bet, and his hand contains a straight, three of a kind, or a straight flush, he is paid a bonus according to the Ante Bonus Payout Table (regardless of whether or not the dealer qualifies).

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Payout Tables

Pair Plus Pay Table and Hand Ranks

Rank

Payout Table 1

Payout Table 2

Payout Table 3

Straight Flush

35:1

40:1

40:1

3 of a Kind

25:1

25:1

30:1

Straight

6:1

6:1

6:1

Flush

4:1

4:1

4:1

One Pair

1:1

1:1

1:1

 

Ante Bonus Pay Table and Hand Ranks

Rank

Payout Table 1

Payout Table 2

Payout Table 3

Straight Flush

3:1

4:1

5:1

3 of a Kind

2:1

3:1

4:1

Straight

1:1

1:1

1:1

Hand Ranks

Hand Name

Description

Example

Straight Flush

3 cards of same suit in sequence

7S, 6S, 5S

3 of a Kind

3 cards of same rank

7S, 7D, 7C

Straight

3 cards in sequence, mixed suits

7D, 6S, 5H

Flush

3 cards of same suit

9D, 7D, 4D

One Pair

1 pair (2 cards) of same rank

KH, KD

High Card

3 cards of different ranks and suits

AH, KS, 10D


There's no doubt that the most lucrative way to play three card poker is to play the pairs plus.  If you play three card poker you should play pairs plus if nothing else!  Personally, when I play three card poker I only play the 'Pairs Plus' because that is where the money is to be made in this game.  Another advantage of playing Pairs Plus only is that you eliminate the dealer from the game, there's nobody to beat, just cards!  Good luck and have fund playing three card poker, it's an enjoyable game.  

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