Tri-Card Poker

Tri-Card Poker Description and Objective
Tri-Card Poker is a slight twist on Poker and is similar to Caribbean Stud Poker. Both the player and the dealer get three cards.

The player can place either the Pair Plus bet OR the Ante bet, OR both. After placing his bets, both the player and the dealer receive three cards. If the player bets on Pair Plus, he is rewarded according to the Pair Plus Payout Table if his hand contains a pair or better. If the player bets on Ante, he must now decide either to fold, if he does not think he can beat the dealers hand, or to raise and challenge the dealer. If the player chooses to fold, he loses the Ante bet AND the Pair Plus bet (if he placed one) and the game is over. If the player chooses to raise, he bets an additional amount equal to the ante bet, the dealer reveals his cards, a winner is determined, win paid if applicable, and the game is over.

To determine the game winner after the player has raised, the dealers hand must first qualify. In Tri-Card Poker, the dealers hand qualifies if it ranks as High Card with a Queen or ranks as a Pair or better. If the dealers hand does not qualify, the player wins 1 to 1 on the ante bet and pushes the raise bet (i.e. the player gets the raise bet back without winning or losing).

If the dealers hand does qualify, the best ranking hand wins. If the dealers hand ranks higher, the player loses both the ante bet and the raise bet. If the players hand ranks higher, the player wins 1 to 1 on both the ante and raise bets, and wins the raise bet calculated according to the Raise Pay Table, below. If both the dealers hand and the players hand have the same rank, the highest ranking card determines the winner (for example, a Pair of Kings beats a Pair of 10s). Finally, if the dealers hand ties the players hand both the ante bet and the raise bet are pushed back to the player.

If the player places an ante bet, raises the bet, and his hand contains a straight, three of a kind, or a straight flush, he is paid a bonus according to the Ante Bonus Payout Table (regardless of whether or not the dealer qualifies).