3 Card Poker℠
3 Card Poker℠ How to Play
BettingIn 3 Card Poker℠ you can place a Pair Plus℠ bet, an Ante bet, or both.
To place your bet, simple click on a chip of your desired value from the rack at the bottom of the playing field and then place them in the required section on the casino table.
To remove a bet before the cards are dealt, press and hold the Spacebar key and then click on the appropriate bet spot on the table.
To remove all bets, click the CLEAR button.
Click "DEAL" to start playing.
Important note: If you choose to place an Ante bet, your remaining balance must be large enough to double that bet.
Pair Plus℠ Bet
You must place a Pair Plus℠ bet before the cards are dealt.
After the deal, if you hold a Pair or better, you’re paid according to the Pair Plus℠ pay table.
Three of a Kind
Pair Plus℠ bets are paid out irrespective of whether you beat the Dealer’s hand, though if you’ve also placed an Ante Bet you must also play against the dealer to be eligible for a Pair Plus℠ award.
What is an Ante Bet?
With Ante Betting you can win against the Ante Bonus pay table or by playing against the dealer.
You must place your Ante bet before the cards are dealt. Once they’re dealt you can choose to play or fold.
If you choose to play you must double your wager and play against the dealer as normal. If you Fold, you do not double your wager but you forgo any Ante Bonus award.
Three of a Kind
After you’ve completed your initial betting, click DEAL and both you and the dealer will receive three cards.
If you’ve placed a Pair Plus℠ bet you’ll automatically be paid out according to the Pair Plus℠ pay table.
If you’ve placed an Ante Bet you must decide whether to Fold your hand, or challenge the dealer.
If you choose to Fold you’ll forfeit all bets, without doubling your stake.
If you choose to play you’ll double your bet and reveal the dealer's cards.
Any Ante Bonus or Pair Plus℠ awards are paid at this point.
After the hand has finished, you can repeat your last bet automatically by clicking the rebet button. If you wish, you can adjust your Ante bet and/or your Pair Plus℠ bet.
Beating the Dealer
If you’ve placed an Ante bet and you Play against the dealer, your bet is doubled and the dealer's hand is revealed.
If the dealer has three cards lower than a Queen, they can’t play whether they beat your hand or not. You’ll the win 1 to 1 on your Ante bet plus your Play bet is returned.
If the dealer can play, the best hand wins, according to the Poker Hand rankings as seen below.
If the dealer wins, you lose all bets.
If you win, you win 1 to 1 on your Ante bet and you win 1 to 1 on your Play bet.
If there is no winner – a tie – the hands stand and your Ante and Play bets are both returned.
Poker Hand Rankings
The following Poker hands are valid in 3 Card Poker℠. Ace can be high or low.
Royal Flush:Q-K-A cards of the same suit. e.g. Q-K-A of Clubs.
Straight Flush: Three cards of the same suit, of consecutive rank. e.g. 6-7-8 of Hearts.
Three of a Kind: Three cards with the same rank.
Straight: Three consecutive cards, of mixed suits.
Flush: Three cards of the same suit.
Pair: Two cards with the same rank.
High Card: Three non-matching cards.
The above list is ranked so the higher hands beat the lower hands, with matching sets ranked depending on the value of the cards within it.
When comparing a Flush, Straight, or Straight Flush hand, the hand with the higher high card wins. If the winning outcome is the same between two hands, the remaining cards in the hand are examined.3 Card Poker℠ and Pair Plus℠ are service marks owned by, and used under license from, SHFL entertainment, Inc.
3 Card Poker℠ Tips
Play or Fold?
Mathematically, the answer is that you should play any hand that is better than a Queen-Six-Four; the reason is that although Queen-Six-Four through to King-Queen-10 are loss generating hands, they'll generate less loss by being played than they will being held. Anything better than an Ace High is a positive hand, so you'll win more often than not, and they should always be played.
The key with 3 Card Poker℠ is patience and steely nerves. It's important not to start playing hands that you should be folding - it's about staying patient and hitting a hand that will pay out from two separate pay-tables and beat the dealer. Those hands really are moments to savour!
3 Card Poker℠ and Pair Plus℠ are service marks owned by, and used under license from, SHFL entertainment, Inc.