The Different Payouts of Three Card Poker

Three Card Poker Payouts

Three card poker is a very popular variant of poker despite living in the shadow of other types such as stud and Texas Hold’em. In today’s article, we’ll be looking more closely at three card poker, namely the three card poker payouts that you can expect depending on the kinds of wager that you make. 

What is Three Card Poker?

You hold fewer cards in your hand when playing the "three-card poker" form of poker. As the name would suggest, players only have three cards instead of the normal five. The other notable change is the absence of playing versus other players. Instead, you just interact with the dealer. The winner of the pot is the poker player with the best hand. 

Starting out, the player bets that they will have a hand of at least a pair or better by placing an ante wager and/or a pair plus wager. The dealer and all other players are then handed three cards, face down. The player will next evaluate his hand and decide whether or not to place a play wager (equivalent to the ante wager) to compare his hand to the dealer's hand. The hand is ended and the player's ante wager and pair plus wager are collected by the dealer if they fold. The cards will be revealed to see if the player has a better hand than the dealer if the player places a play wager.

Pair Plus Payout

Due to the fact that you are not playing against the dealer or any other players, the three card poker pair plus bonus is an unusual one. With this bet, you're wagering that your outcome will be a pair or better. Although you lose the full stake if you don't qualify with at least a pair, the payoff for this bonus increases with the strength of your hand.

The pair plus bonus stake in Three Card Poker pays out as follows:

  • Straight Flush – 40:1

  • Three-of-a-Kind – 30:1

  • Straight – 6:1

  • Flush – 3:1

  • Pair – 1:1

Overall, the chances of winning this wager are 1 in 3, but the odds of winning the 1:1 or 3:1 payout are far higher than the odds of winning the two top prizes. A pair or a flush will win 22% of qualifying contests.

Ante Bonus Payout

The Ante Bonus operates as follows: Your play wager is refunded as a push if you have placed both the ante and play bets and the dealer shows a non-qualifying hand (a hand without at least a Queen). Even though your previous outcome was a push, you will still receive a unique extra payout if you hold a straight, three-of-a-kind, or straight flush.

The Three Card Poker ante bonus pay table is provided below:

  • Straight Flush – 5:1 payout, odds of 1 in 453

  • Three-of-a-Kind – 4:1 payout, odds of 1 in 415

  • Straight – 1:1 payout, odds of 1 in 29.6

Remember that this bonus only happens to be paid out around every 27 hands.

Six Card Bonus Payout

A six-card bonus pay table is available in the majority of three card poker games. Players can make their hands eligible for this bonus by making an additional wager that is equal to the ante. The best potential hand that can be constructed is used to determine how the six-card bonus is paid out based on the combination of the player's and dealer's hands.

The pay table for the six-card Three Card Poker bonus is as follows:

  • Royal Flush – 1,000:1

  • Straight Flush – 200:1

  • Four-of-a-Kind – 100:1

  • Full House – 20:1

  • Flush – 15:1

  • Straight – 9:1

  • Three-of-a-Kind – 8:1

It is important to keep in mind that this wager has a house advantage of 6.74%, which is much larger than the base wager. Six card bonus bets should pay out roughly 7.27% of the time, or about once for every 13 hands you play, according to the game's normal pay table and rules.

Progressive Three Card Poker Payout

A progressive side wager is not available in every game of Three Card Poker, but it is growing in popularity. The progressive side bet often calls for an ante-equaling wager and pays out according to the best potential hand among each player's sets of cards. When someone at the table wins with this bet, the other players are eligible for a special "Envy" reward.

The pay table for a common progressive Three Card Poker game is as follows:

  • Ace/King/Queen of Spades – 100% of the progressive jackpot

  • Ace/King/Queen in other Suits – 500:1

  • Straight Flush – 70:1

  • Three-of-a-Kind – 60:1

  • Straight – 6:1

When one of the top prizes is achieved, the Envy bonus is given to all other players at the table. The other players receive a $100 extra prize when someone holds the Ace, King, or Queen of Spades. The jealousy reward is $25 when another player holds Ace, King, or Queen in any other suit. Those two straight flush hands have some significant odds against them.

A Mini Royal only appears around once every 22,000 hands, while the 500:1 payoff only occurs about once every 12,000 hands. With a $5,000 jackpot, the house edge on the progressive side bet is around 70%. However, as the top reward climbs, the house margin changes. That amount decreases by little about 5% for each extra $1,000 in prize money.

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