Three Card Poker

Available in:

New Zealand

A hidden gem in a small number of land casinos, and an under appreciated mainstay of casinos online, three card poker is a great game for quick thinkers and those seeking an intro into the bigger world of poker.

Three Card Poker might not garner the same reputations say a Texas Hold'em Poker might get but it certainly holds it weight in terms of a strong following of players and prevalence within casino offerings.

Hand Rankings

The dealer and the player are each dealt three cards, normally from a single, standard 52-card deck. The ranking hands for winning a game are, in ascending order:

  1. High card (Aces are high)
  2. Pair
  3. Flush (all cards in one suit)
  4. Straight (cards in sequential order)
  5. Three of a Kind
  6. Straight Flush (cards sequential and one suit)
  7. Royal Flush/ Mini Royal (Queen, King, Ace - same suit; not considered a separate hand at all tables)


Players joining a game must place an ante bet before their cards are dealt, and once the cards are seen, a player usually has two options: fold or play. To fold means the player gives up, and forfeits the ante. To play means a player places a second bet, exactly equal to the ante, in the 'Play' diamond.

Dealer's Cards

When the dealer's cards are revealed, the outcomes are:

The house edge at most casinos is just over 3%. A common strategy is to fold on anything worse than Queen high. The odds of being dealt a pair or better is 25.6%, so if you do land those cards, there's a near 75% chance you'll beat the dealer.

Pair Plus

As well as the standard Ante and Play bets, Three card poker has several side bets. They are usually found beside the play and ante diamonds on the table, so the stake for each bet type is easily identified by the dealer. Pair Plus bets pay on set hands, regardless of which cards the dealer holds. The Ladbrokes Casino Pair Plus pay table runs as follows:

Because of the high payouts at the top end, Pair Plus has a surprisingly reasonable house edge of 2.32% - although all but the luckiest of players are likely to face a fair few losses before landing the win that makes the difference.

6 Card Bonus

For players using Three Card Poker to test the waters ahead of a full-blown game of Texas Hold'em, the 6 Card Bonus side bet is an interesting proposition. Payouts are based on the best poker hand from the six cards held by the combined hands of the dealer and the player. Usually these only pay out on three-of-a-kind or better. Pay tables can vary significantly, as can the house edge, so check the odds (and your winning streak) before making this bet.

Poker Articles

Poker Basics: How Much to Bet
Poker Basics: How Much to Bet

The game of poker is centred around the act of betting. In a standard game there are four rounds of betting – the pre-flop, flop, turn and river – and five different betting actions that players can c ... Read More

Poker Basics: Playing Pocket Pairs
Poker Basics: Playing Pocket Pairs

In poker – specifically, Texas Hold'em – a pocket pair is often seen as a "must play" hand. As the name suggests, a pocket pair is when you're dealt two cards of equal value (but differing suits) in a ... Read More

Poker Basics: Raise or Call
Poker Basics: Raise or Call

The difference between raising and calling is often considered as being aggressive versus being cautious. The act of raising is a show of strength against opponents, and one that can be used to scare ... Read More

Poker Basics: Playing the Turn and the River
Poker Basics: Playing the Turn and the River

When picking up the basics of online poker, you probably started with a strategy for the pre-flop and flop stages of the game. Now it's time to turn your attention to the next two rounds of betting: t ... Read More

Poker Basics: Starting Hands
Poker Basics: Starting Hands

To become an expert poker player you need to learn how to approach the game in the most logical manner. One of the best ways to do this is to see each hand you play as a journey. Essentially, each mov ... Read More

Poker Basics: Going All In
Poker Basics: Going All In

Going all in makes or breaks poker players, given that they use all of their chips when betting or calling. Only one player gets to experience the ecstasy of winning in such tense moments, while the l ... Read More

Poker Basics: Hand Rankings
Poker Basics: Hand Rankings

For the uninitiated, poker can seem like a high-pressure (and highly complicated) game, with numerous possible hands and lots of rules to keep in mind. Perhaps one of the trickiest elements of the gam ... Read More

Advanced Poker Strategy: Controlling the Pot
Advanced Poker Strategy: Controlling the Pot

Whether you're an aggressive player who likes to dominate proceedings or a more considered participant, controlling the pot effectively is one surefire way to guarantee success at the poker table. Cho ... Read More

Get free bonuses, bets, tips and strategy, every week, in your inbox 9500+ punters trust us with their email

DISCLAIMER: Online Wagering is illegal in some Jurisdictions. It is your responsibility to check your local regulations before playing online. GDC Trading Ltd takes no responsibility for your actions.
© 2011-2018 GDC Trading Limited. All Rights Reserved. is a registered trademark of GDC Trading Limited.
Terms and Conditions   |   Privacy Policy

Asset 4AndroidGET IT ONfacebookDownload_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_RGB_blk_4SVG_092917twitter