Playing the Games - Three Card Monte/3 Card Poker
Basics of Three Card Monte/3 Card Poker
Three Card Monte/3 Card Poker is played as heads-up between the player's hand and the dealer's hand.
After all ante wagers are placed, three cards are dealt to each player and the dealer. Players have a choice to either fold or continue in the game by placing a "play" wager equal to their ante. Hands are then exposed and wagers resolved.
The dealer's hand must be Queen high or better for the dealer hand to play (qualify).
If the dealer does not play (qualify), then there is no action on play wagers and ante wagers are paid 1 to 1.
If the dealer does play, the dealer and player hands are compared. If the player hand loses, both the ante and play wagers are lost. If the player hand wins both the ante and play wagers are paid 1 to 1. If the hands are tied, then there is no action on either wager.
One of the fun features of Three Card Monte/3 Card Poker are additional optional bets are offered. The Pair Plus wager is a bet that the player's hand will be a pair or better. The Pair Plus wager loses if the player has less than a pair and wins with a pair or better. The payoff applies regardless of the dealer's hand, as the Pair Plus wager is not in competition against the dealer's hand.
There is also offer a Ante Bonus, which is paid on the ante wager for a straight or better.
he typical Ante Bonus pay table pays 5 to 1 for a straight flush, 4 to 1 for a three of a kind, and 1 to 1 for a straight. Like the Pair Plus wager, the Ante Bonus pays regardless of whether that hand beats the dealer's hand.