Three card poker is a banking game. The house advantage is less than 3.5 per cent. There is no strategy involved with three-card poker, the player simply decides how much to bet. Three-card poker consists of two games that are played either separately or together – three-card ante/play and pair plus. It is played with a standard pack of 52 cards. With the pair plus game the aim is to make a ranking poker hand that is paid out at fixed odds.
With the ante-bet the aim is to make a three-card poker hand that beats the dealer’s hand. The dealer needs to have at least a queen high to qualify .
The dealer and player are both dealt three cards. Pair plus bets are paid out according to the payout odds.
Ante and play
Players can also place an ante-bet against the dealer. After the cards are dealt, they can place a play bet equal to the initial ante-bet.
As only three cards are used, the rankings are not the same as traditional poker. A straight ranks higher than a flush. Aces rank both high and low. There is also no mini-royal flush.
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