Three card poker rules are easy enough to learn and play. There are three suits of cards, the clubs, diamonds and hearts and you play by getting rid of cards from your hand before you have time to play your opponents. In three card poker, there are two pairs of cards, the two cards face up on the table in opposition to each other, and the three cards stand face down. There are fifty-two cards in all.
The basic three card poker rules are that, in a game with two players, each player gets four hands – one hand each of the two pairs of cards and one hand each of the three cards. The two pairs of cards are each dealt out equally – one to each side of the table, then each player gets two cards to play with, and then the three cards to be played are laid out in the shape of a straight flush, i.e. upside down, right to left and across to underneath. You are dealt a straight flush, meaning you have a pair of cards, a single card – this is the minimum number of cards that may be turned over. It is customary for a player to bet out if they do not have a straight flush.
Other three card poker rules are the betting rules. A player may either raise or bet out, and only when they have raised their ante (the minimum amount to be started). After a player has raised their ante, a betting circular will be opened and all players are required to place money on the betting line, facing up.
In the US, all licensed casinos are required to use the standard poker play rules, as set forth in the World Professional Billing Association (WPA). However, there are a number of “small” and “local” casinos that follow the California three card poker rules. The “reserve game” rule states that in most live casinos, players must play in three cards face down, or two cards face up. However, many live “reserve game” venues in California allow the option of playing with three cards face up. This is especially common at mobile casinos.
Another option is to play with the conventional betting/posture, where the banker stands beside the dealer, and both players sit opposite each other in the betting round. The banker is responsible for the initial betting round, and must keep all hands face down until it is time to act. When the final betting round has reached completion, the banker must then call for all hands. Otherwise, the player who has raised their bet with the best hand will lose their last bet, and the other player’s bet in that game will be doubled. There is also a version of the three card poker rules, called the multi-table, which is popular at online casinos.
In a three card poker game, after the final betting round, if a player has raised their bet with the best hand, then the pot is increased to the amount of the raise plus the bonus (if any) to the banker. Then, the person with the best combination from their two cards (from either hand) will have to split the pot between them, and the person with the second best combination will now get the pot back, and the match is still on. Once all players have folded, then the final betting round begins. The person with the highest hand takes the pot immediately, and the loser has to go back out on their bets before the final betting round starts again. If no one wins the initial betting round, then the last person standing is deemed the winner. This is considered to be the official end of the game, and is when most people decide to walk away.