3 Card Poker
This game is one of the simplest types of casino poker. Unlike many other types of poker, both the dealer and the player are dealt only three cards. In BetVoyager’s version, we have altered the standard rules in order to increase payouts when the player wins (see table 1). Furthermore, the player can play on four boxes at once and view all his cards as soon as they are dealt. The basic rules of casino poker are described in our Guide section.
BetVoyager features our conventional version of 3 Card Poker and a version with no house edge.
The player can play on up to four boxes. The player can place an ANTE and/or a bet on the bonus (called Pair Plus) on any box.
Each box in play is dealt three cards. The cards on all boxes are turned face-up immediately after the deal. The dealer also receives three cards, which are dealt face-down.
Hands are not ranked in the same order as 5-card poker. 3-card poker hands are ranked in the following order of seniority:
- Straight Flush
- Three of a Kind
- Ace High or Less
The hand A-K-Q is the highest straight and the hand 3-2-A is the lowest one.
If the player made his ANTE and has a straight or higher, he receives an ANTE Bonus (table 1). This payout is made regardless of the strength of the dealer’s hand.
On each box, the player can either fold and lose his ANTE, or continue the game by making a BET equal to the ANTE.
The dealer needs a queen high or better to qualify. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the ANTE pays out 1:1 while the BET doesn’t pay anything. If the dealer has a qualifying hand but the player’s hand is better, both bets pay out 1:1.
If you play more than one box, the ante amounts cannot be 5 times more or less than each other.
Before the cards are dealt, the player chooses which boxes he wants to play on and makes his ANTE. In addition to this basic bet on the box (or instead of it), the player can also make a Pair Plus bet. With this bet, the player is betting on receiving a pair or higher in his original hand.
A sign on the table indicates the range of bets permitted (minimum and maximum). The size of a Pair Plus bet is independent of the size of the ANTE, but both of these bets must fall within the table’s range.
Each box has the following three figures: a square, an ellipse, and a rectangle. The ANTE is placed on the ellipse and the Pair Plus bet is placed on the square. The rectangle is intended for the BET (see paragraph 7).
To make a bet, it is first necessary to choose a chip with the desired face-value. At the beginning of the game, this chip is chosen by default, and the chip with the minimum face-value fixes itself onto the cursor. If the player wants a chip with a different face-value, he can select it by clicking on that chip with the cursor. The player can also use the scroll wheel on his mouse to change the chip’s value. After the chip is selected, the player can place a bet by clicking the mouse on the desired part of the game table and his bet will appear there. Each subsequent click adds another chip of the selected face-value to the bet. If the player wants to remove the last chip from his bet, he can remove the chip fixed onto the cursor by clicking the cursor on any empty part of the game window and then clicking on this bet.
The "Clear" button can be pressed to remove all the bets from the table. If the player wishes to repeat his bets from the previous hand, he can press the "Rebet" button. The "Deal" button will begin the game after all bets have been made.
After the cards have been dealt, successive play on boxes begins. First, the Pair Plus bet is settled. The payouts for this bet are shown in table 1. If the player made his ANTE and has one of the three best hands — a straight flush, three-of-a-kind or a straight — he immediately receives an ANTE Bonus.
- raise the initial wager by making a BET equal to the ANTE (the Bet button)
- fold and lose the ANTE (the Fold button)
When the player has made a decision on his boxes, the dealer’s cards are turned over and the final results are determined. The dealer qualifies with a queen high or better, and his minimal qualifying hand is Q-3-2. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the ANTE pays out 1:1 and the BETS are not paid.
If the dealer qualifies and his combination is better than the player’s, the player loses his ANTE and his BET. If the player and the dealer have hands of equal value, the game ends in a draw and the ANTE and BET are returned to the player. If the player has the better hand, both his bets pay out 1:1.
Table 1. Bonus payout for the ANTE and the Pair Plus
|Three of a Kind||8:1||32:1|
3 Card Poker with No House Edge features a slightly different payout scheme. It can be viewed in the game window. The casino doesn’t have an advantage on either the ante wager or the Pair Plus bet.