Three Card Poker was invented in England in the mid 1990’s by Derek Webb. It was originally called Casino Brag, adapted to create a casino game in which players bet against the house rather than against each other.
The modern casino game of Three Card Poker is played with a 52-card pack at a special table on which the cards are dealt and bets placed. There are two bet types available. Before seeing any cards, each player can make a bet on one, both or neither.
Ante and Play
- Ante and Play – a bet that the player’s hand will beat the dealer’s
- Pair Plus® – a bet on the quality of the player’s hand, paid independently of what the dealer is dealt.
Three cards are dealt to each player who has placed an ante bet and three cards to the dealer. After viewing his three cards the player must decide to either:
- make a play bet, placing an additional amount equal to the ante bet, or
- fold, losing the ante bet and any Pair Plus® bet.
The name of this special side bet, which has been a part of the game since its invention in the 1990’s, was registered as a trade mark of SHFL Entertainment, Inc. in 2012. The result of a Pair Plus® bet depends only on the three cards dealt to the player – the dealer’s cards are irrelevant. The Pair Plus® bet is lost if the player does not hold a pair or better.