On the table in front of you, you’ll see three betting zones – “Ante”, “Play”, and “Pair Plus”. For now, let’s focus on the first two zones. The game starts with the player making an Ante bet. The Dealer deals 3 cards to you and self from a 52-card deck. If your hand looks unpromising, you can fold it (and therefore lose your Ante wager). If you want to continue, you place a new bet, but this time in the Play zone. Then the Dealer shows his or her hand. If the Dealer’s hand contains a Queen or higher (in the poker language, it’s called “to qualify”), it’s compared with the player’s hand. If your hand wins, you get paid 1 to 1 on your Ante and Play bets. If the Dealers’s hand is superior, the Dealer collects both your bets and you leave empty-handed. If the Dealer’s hand fails to qualify, you get paid even money on your Ante wager. As for your Play bet, you simply get it back.
A great thing about Three Card Poker is that you can get the so-called “Ante Bonus” for having a Straight Flush, Three of a Kind, or Straight. You get paid 5 to 1 for a Straight Flush, 4 to 1 for a Three of a Kind, and even money for a Straight. Not bad at all!
Did you know that Three Card Poker it’s more than just one game? Let us explain. As already said, the main game involves making the Ante and Play bets. In addition, you can choose to place a side bet in the “Pair Plus” zone. This is a separate wager that has nothing to do with your main wagers. For your Pair Plus wager to win, your hand must have a Pair or Better (or higher). The Pair Plus bet offers delicious payouts. For example, Three of a Kind (3 cards of equal value) pays 30 to 1. And if you’re lucky to have a Straght Flush (3 same-suited cards), get your bankroll ready for an eye-popping 40 to 1 reward!
Before making a Pair Plus wager, you should know that your chances to win are 100 to 1. As to whether or not this bet is worth the risk, it’s up to you to decide. If you lose your Ante bet, you might still make money on your Pair Plus bet.