Once you break out the 52-card deck and deal a hand of 3-card poker, the first thing you will need is a solid knowledge of the rules. As opposed to competing vs other players, you are playing up against the casino dealer. You’ll need a stronger hand than the dealer ( and a minimum of a pair) in order to win. Each of the players will be given three playing cards, and the deck will be shuffled after every hand.
Since there are a lot fewer ways of come up with a straight by using 3 cards compared to a flush, straights rank higher. Aces are high or low.
Everyone at a table will be able to make 2 wagers as follows…the inital Ante as well as the Pair Plus. The initial Ante is the cost incurred to you just for taking part in the hand. With Pair Plus the player is actually betting that he/she will hit a pair or higher. The player is not required to make both bets, however the initial Ante is required to participate in the hand.
Once the inital Ante is placed, both the player and the dealer are dealt three cards turned face down. The player than needs to make a decision whether the cards he/she is dealt are sufficiently good to bet. If the player folds, he/she will lose only the initial Ante. If the player decides that cards are good enough, the next bet he/she will place has to equal the initial ante. If the player cards are better than dealer’s, the player gets the ante and the Pair Plus payout.
There is a catch though. The dealer’s hand must contain a Queen or higher for him/her to continue playing the hand. If this is not the case, the player will be payed out on their Ante, but only if the pay-off is one to one, and as long as the player did not fold his/her hand.
- Straight pays 1 to 1
– Set pays 4 to 1
– Straight flush pays 5 to 1
Pair Plus Payout
- Pair pays 1 to 1
– Flush pays4 to 1
– Straight pays 6 to 1
– Set pays 30 to 1
– Straight flush pays 40 to 1
Keep in mind these guidelines to help your techniques:
- If you are dealt a Queen or a higher card, go ahead and wager the Pair Plus. If you’re dealt anything lower than a Queen, throw the cards down.
– A dealer will hit a Queen approximately 66% of the time.
– The casino has a 3.4% edge.