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Learn How To Play Three Card Poker In Less Than Five Minutes

Close Up View Of Playing Cards And Casino Chips On Top Of Green Table Felt

Hot table game Three Card Poker has gained popularity not only because it’s fun, but because it’s also easy to learn. As video host Jeff Civillico explains, Three Card Poker is like getting two Las Vegas casino games in one. Not only can you play against the dealer, you can also win based on how good your cards are.

The object of the game is to make the best poker hand possible with only three cards. To start, the player places an ante wager and/or a pair plus wager, betting that they will have a hand of at least a pair or better. Three cards are then dealt face down to each player and to the dealer. You are only playing the dealer and not other players at the table. The player will then look at his hand and determine to place a play wager (equal to the amount they put as the ante wager) to pit his hand against the dealer’s hand or not. Optimum strategy says the player should “play” all hands greater than Queen, Six and Four and fold all hands worse. 

If a player folds, the hand is over and the dealer will collect the player's ante wager and pair plus wager. If the player places a play wager, the cards will be turned over to determine if the player has a better hand than the dealer. If the dealer has a hand of Jack-high or worse, the play wager is returned to the player. If the dealer has a hand of Queen-high or better, both the play wager and the ante are paid out at 1 to 1 if the player has a better hand than the dealer. If the dealer’s hand is superior, both the ante and play bets are collected. The pair plus bet is determined completely independent to what the dealer has. 

Pair plus payouts:

Straight Flush                    40 to 1

Three of a Kind                  30 to 1

Straight                              6 to 1

Flush                                 3 to 1

Pair                                   1 to 1

Ante bonus payouts:

Straight Flush                    5 to 1

Three of a Kind                  4 to 1

Straight                             1 to 1

The best thing about playing Three Card Poker? The chance to win a $1 million through the six card bonus paytable, which hits if the dealer’s and player’s cards combine nine through Ace in a royal suit of diamonds. Other payouts aren’t too shabby though—you’ll hit $100,000 if they combine for other suits.

Now that you're a Three Card Poker pro, check out more "how to play" videos on Texas Hold 'Em poker, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette.