What is 3 card poker and how to play?

3 card poker

3 card poker is a table game that is similar to a traditional poker game. It is the newest casino card game that is available in casino and online casino tables. 3 card poker has gained popularity not only because it’s fun, but because it’s also easy to learn. 3 card poker is like getting two Empire777 Casino games in one. Not only can you play against the dealer, but you can also win based on how good your cards are.

How to Play 3 Card Poker?

It is played using a single standard deck of 52 cards. Players have a choice of two betting options, “Ante” and “Pair Plus”, and may bet on either or both in each game.

  • The player will start to put bets on ante or pair plus or both.
  • Three card will be given to each player face down and also to the dealer. You are playing against the dealer.
  • The player will look onto their cards and will decide to put a play bet equal to ante and pair plus bet.
  • If a player folds, the dealer will collect ante bets and also the pair plus bet.
  • The dealer must have a hand of Queen- high or better.

If the dealer does not qualify, ante bets will be paid to all players. If the dealer does not qualify, play bets will return

  • If the dealer qualifies and the player has a better card, the ante and the play bet will be paid.
  • If the dealer qualifies and their card ties with the players, the bets are pushed ( it means nobody wins and nobody loses).


  • If the dealer qualifies and has a better card, both ante and play bet will be collected.

The pair plus will be determined separately to what the dealer has. To win in the pair plus the player hand must be pair, flush, and straight, three of a kind or straight flush

Card Hand Ranking

Card values is same in poker

  • Ace- 14
  • King -13
  • Queen -12
  • Jack -11
  • All other cards is the number value ( face value)

How Ante play payouts

Ante play is to get a higher hand(cards) than the dealer

  • Dealer have less than Queen high and does not qualify

Ante bets wins 1:1

  • Play bets pushes
  • Dealer have Queen high card or higher

Dealer wins

  • Ante loses
  • Play loses
  • Dealer have Queen high card or higher

Players beats dealer

  • Ante wins 1:1
  • Play wins 1:1
  • Dealer have Queen high card or higher

Dealer and player tie

  • Ante pushes
  • Play pushes
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Ante bet extra bonuses

You can win extra money on ante bet

  • Straight flush 5:1
  • Three of a kind 4:1
  • Straight 1:1

Pair plus payouts

You win on pair or better even if lower than the dealer hand

  • Straight flush 40:1
  • Three of a kind 30:1
  • Straight 6:1
  • Flush 4:1
  • One pair 1:1
  • High card lose bet

Where to play 3 card poker game

Playing 3 card poker is really fun to play. You can play it on your computer or mobile phone even if you don’t leave your house. There are a lot of 3 card poker games online on the internet that you can play.

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