3 Card Poker – The New Popular Table Game

thThree Card Poker is becoming on of the most popular new table games. You see, it’s not only easy to play but it is a lot of fun. And, it is one of the least intimidating table game. 3 Card Poker’s popularity has separated it from the other fringe “carnival” type games that have one table in most casinos. (such as Let It Ride, & Caribbean Stud). When given the choice between 6:5 blackjack(boo, hiss) and the potential for huge 40-1 jackpots with 3 Card Poker it’s easy to see why the casinos have more 3 Card Poker players than ever. Here’s a primer.

thThe game is played with a single deck of 52 cards. Three Card Poker is actually two games in one. There is the Play/Ante game where you are playing against the dealer to see who has the highest hand. There is also the Pair Plus game where you are wagering on whether or not you will be dealt a pair or better. In most casinos you can bet on either of the games but some casinos require you to make an Ante Bet in order to bet the Pair Plus portion of the game.

Important things to know:

  • This is a fast-paced game
  • The strategy is simple for the Ante portion of Three Card Poker. You should fold if you have a hand lower than Queen – 6 -4 and you should continue and make the Play bet if you hand is higher. Yup, that’s all!
  • The hand rankings are not the same as the other poker games. Because only three cards can be dealt to any single player, the poker hands that they must create should be made up of three cards only. Here are common pay tables for the bonus “Pair Plus” ante – some better than others:

Pair Plus Payout

Common Pay Structures
Hand Type A B C D
Straight Flush 40-1 40-1 40-1 40-1
3 of –a kind 30-1 25-1 30-1 30-1
Straight 6-1 6-1 5-1 6-1
Flush 4-1 4-1 4-1 3-1
Pair 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1
House Edge 2.32 3.49 5.90 7.28

For all of the mathematical breakdown, go to the Wizard of Odds website below, or click on the link to the right.


For those poker players and enthusiasts who are in search for something new but still want the same exciting aspects and elements of the poker game, why not have a take at the three card poker?  Lowest limits in most casinos are $5 ($10 for both ante bets).

That’s all for now