Can you tell the difference between a flush and three of a kind?  Do you like simple games with great odds?  Do you think 3 cards are better than 2?

Then Three Card Poker is for you!

A lot of casino games players stick to the games they know…. blackjack, slots, and video poker.  Learning new games could take away valuable time from their favorite table or machine.  However, if you have 5 minutes and are willing to learn a simple game that can win you tons of cash, Three Card Poker is definitely for you!

How To Play Three Card Poker

In this article I will take you through a full game of Three Card Poker (with complete illustrations).  In less than 5 minutes from now you will be ready to take on the Three Card Poker tables yourself with confidence.  Let’s get started!

Note: If you want to follow along with this guide, you can download a free Three Card Poker game here.

Three Card Poker Table

To start, let’s take a look at the Three Card Poker table:

Three Card Poker Table

To start the game, we first need to make a bet.  In the lower right hand portion of the Three Card Poker screen you will see poker chips ranging in value from $1 to $500.  To make a bet in Three Card Poker, all you have to do is click on the chip denomination that you wish to wager.

Let’s click on the red $5 chip to bet $5 and get started.  After you click on the $5 chip, the screen will look like this:

Three Card Poker Bet

Note: Before you click on the $5 chip, be sure that the “Ante” circle is highlighted.  If your chip went to the “Pair +” area, simply right-click on the chip to take back the bet.

You have now bet $5 on this hand of Three Card Poker.  To get your cards and get the game rolling, simply click on the “Deal” button on the bottom of the screen.  After you click on “Deal”, you will receive 3 cards.  It will look something like this:

Three Card Poker Deal

At this point, we need to take a look at our cards and decide if we think they are good enough to continue.  If we don’t like the cards, we simply have to click on the “Fold” button.  If we click on fold, we lose the $5 bet, and the game starts over.

However, if I like my cards and decide to play with them,  I simply click on the “Raise” button in order to continue playing.  To continue playing, however, you have to make another bet of the same value as your first bet.  Since we originally bet $5 on this hand, our bet increases by $5 when we click on “Raise”.

I like this hand and want to play with it (I’ll teach you all about which hands are good to play with and which ones aren’t in an upcoming article… stay tuned!).  To keep playing, I click on “Raise”.

Once I click on “Raise”, the dealer receives his cards, and we know if we won or not.  After I click on “Raise”, the screen looks like this:

Three Card Poker Raise

Since our cards make a higher poker hand than the dealer’s, we win!  From the screenshot above, you can see that we won $10 on this hand.

In the next article about how to play Three Card Poker, we will go over the rules of Three Card Poker, and more importantly, how to win!

If you want to get a head start and start playing now, click on the Play Now button below to download a free Three Card Poker game along with over 130 other free online casino games!

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Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.