How to Play 3 Card Poker - Pair Plus

Pair Plus is the easiest constituent of 3 Card Poker. You are dealt three cards and get paid according to the hand. Three Card Poker hands rank like 5 Card Poker: High Card, Pair, Flush, Straight, Three-of-a-Kind, Straight-Flush. The online casino will provide you with the payout table for each hand, and you win credits or real money accordingly. Some online casinos will pay 50-1 for the “mini-Royal Flush” (Q-K-A of the same suit).

How to Play Three Card Poker – Ante and Play

With Ante-Play, you “ante up” (place an initial bet). Once you are dealt your cards, you may raise (if you think your hand beats that of the dealer), or fold (and lose your ante). The dealer must have at least a Queen-high hand to qualify, otherwise he must fold. The casino tables will indicate the payouts for a hand – generally, if you gamble and beat the dealer, then you get double your money back. Bonuses are often paid for special hands. Again, this varies from casino to casino, on land and on the internet. In general with 3 card poker, there are three possible outcomes. Either the dealer's hand does not even include a queen, the dealer's hand does include a queen but his hand is worse than the player's or the dealer's hand is better than the player's hand. In the first two scenarios the player wins and in the second, the player loses both bets.
The difference between the two first scenarios is that if the dealer does not even have a queen than he "does not qualify". If the dealer does not qualify then the player wins only the ante bet and the play bet is returned. In some casinos there is an additional bonus for exceptionally good hands even if the dealer does not qualify.

Ante and Play in 3 Card Poker

Another variation is called "ante and play". In this variation, an initial ante bet is placed and then the cards are dealt. After the deal the player can decide if he wants to play or lose the ante bet. If he plays, he adds another bet equal to the sum of the ante bet. The cards held by the dealer determine the results. The precise rules governing the various outcomes differ slightly from casino to casino, so make sure you read the rules for 3 card poker before you play at any casino.