This minimalist version has more casino than poker elements. Yet, it uses hand ranking which is standard in the card game. Every player competes against the dealer. As the term suggests, each hand includes 3 cards. The more valuable hand wins — that’s it! Here is an overview of the basic rules and betting options.
By adjusting their wagers, players may also chase various bonus or premium hands. An important distinction is that a Straight is less achievable and more valuable than a Flush. All hands are limited to three cards. Overall, there are 3 types of bets (ante, play, and pair plus) and just 6 possible combinations. These are (in descending order of value):
- Straight flush
- Three of a kind
- High card
If you merely beat the dealer, you get the equivalent of your bet. The payout grows when there is a Flush or Straight. Importantly, this is not a game of strategy. Players do not decide which cards to draw or keep. Also, they always bet against the dealer, not peers. There are only three steps to take:
- select bets before the deal,
- look at the cards received, and
- hope the dealer’s hand is worse.