Three Card Poker: A Beginner’s Guide to Playing the Game

Three Card Poker A Beginner's Guide to Playing the Game

Online poker is an excellent game, offering both enjoyment and a challenge and offering the opportunity to earn substantial money.  In this game, they do not have to compete with each other. Instead, they compete with the dealer. Hand combinations are essential in winning the game, and these combinations are formed by the cards dealt to you by the dealer. With numerous options available,

What Exactly is Three Card Poker?

In 1994, Mr Derek Webb invented Three Card Poker Variations to create a more enjoyable and efficient way to play poker than other games available. Three Card Poker was introduced to address this issue and provide a new game that retains poker’s fun and mental challenge but with a quicker pace. Learning how to play Three Card Poker can enhance your overall poker experience.

How to Play Three Card Poker?

Playing Three Card Poker is relatively simple. In this game, players compete against the dealer instead of each other. Both the players and the dealer are dealt three cards. Each player places an ante bet into the pot to start the game. After the cards are dealt, players can look at their cards and decide whether to continue or fold. They must place a play wager into the pot if they choose to continue. If they fold, they forfeit the game. Once all players have either placed their play wager or folded, the dealer’s hand is revealed, and each player’s hand is compared to the dealer’s. The winner is determined by the best hand. There are six possible card combinations in Three Card Poker, with the Straight Flush carrying the most weight and the High Card the least. The dealer must have a queen or higher to play their hand. If the dealer’s hand does not meet this requirement, play wagers are not affected, and ante bets are paid to the player at 1 to 1 odds. To master Three Card Poker, players need to understand the basics of the game and the various betting options available. One such option is the Pair Plus wager, where players bet that their hand will contain a pair or better.


Once the opening round of cards is dealt (clockwise), players must act during their turn, moving clockwise around the table. When it’s their turn, a player can Check, Bet, Fold, Call or Raise depending on the action before them in the round:

  • CHECK: If there is no bet in the current round, a player can pass the action clockwise to the next person in the hand. If everyone checks, the round is complete.
  • BET: A player can make a wager if no other bets have been made in the current round.
  • FOLD: A player can forfeit their cards and cannot act again until the next game is dealt.
  • CALL: A player can match the highest bet made so far in the round.
  • RAISE: A player can match the highest bet made so far in the round, then “raise” it higher. Players who want to stay in the game, have to match the new higher bet.

When the last bet or raise has been called during the final round of betting, the remaining players still in the hand show their hands (in order) to all – called the “showdown” – and the player (or players) with the highest ranking hand(s) wins that pot’s wagers. 

Game Variations: 

Various versions of 3 card poker are played worldwide due to differences in people’s backgrounds, preferences, and cultures. These modifications, known as 3-card poker side bets, offer additional betting opportunities. Here are some examples of game variations played around the world. 

3-Card Poker Progressive Compared to other variations, this version of three-card poker is relatively new. The dealer and the player are dealt three cards, and the highest-ranking hand wins.

  • In the 3 Card Poker 6 Card Bonus, players can combine their three cards with the dealer’s three cards to form the best five-card hand. Hands are ranked differently in this version, with the highest payoff coming from a Royal Flush and the lowest from a three-of-a-kind. 
  • 3-Card Poker Prime involves players placing bets on whether their three cards or their three cards combined with the dealer’s three cards are all the same colour.
  • Ultimate 3 Card Poker allows players to bet three times the ante but must also place a blind bet equal to the ante.
  • The 3-Card Poker Pair Plus is an additional wager that can only be placed before the initial bets and applies only to the player’s three cards.

            1. The wager needs to be placed before initial bets.

            2. The wager is only applicable to the three cards that the player has been dealt.

            3. If the player loses or folds, the wager goes to the dealer.        

Three Card Poker is a fun and exciting game that anyone can enjoy. With its easy rules and fast-paced action, it will surely be a hit with both experienced poker players and beginners.. With practice, anyone can become an expert Three Card Poker player. So why not give it a try today?        

Rohan Mathawan

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This article is authored by Rohan Mathawan, who is presently working as the Vice President of Media Sales and Operations at Techstory Media. Rohan started his career as an online gaming and technology content writer and has written more than 5000+ articles for reputed brands and companies like Techstory Media, MarketingCrap, and a few other ad agencies in the last 4 years. Rohan loves to read about online gaming during his pastime. His passion to create content about online gaming forces him to dive deep into the research of the topic and what comes out is a highly relevant and captivating piece of content that is appreciated by his readers.             

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