Three Card Poker is the second most popular poker table game in the Las Vegas market behind Pai Gow Poker. It has 123 installs in town across 52 casinos. That puts it fifth in all non-blackjack table games behind baccarat, roulette, craps and Pai Gow Poker.

Where to play Three Card Poker in Las Vegas

It is still easy to find $5 Three Card Poker in Las Vegas. These tables are all over the Las Vegas Strip, downtown, and the locals market. Many games are $10 with a few $15 ones. These are the limits that we found for our 2021 Las Vegas Table Games Survey. The minimum bet may be higher during peak hours. 

Las Vegas Three Card Poker minimum bets

$5  

  • Bally’s
  • Cromwell
  • Downtown Grand
  • El Cortez
  • Flamingo
  • Golden Nugget
  • Harrah’s
  • M Resort
  • O’Sheas
  • Orleans
  • Palace Station
  • Paris
  • Plaza
  • Red Rock
  • Rio
  • Sahara
  • Santa Fe Station
  • Silverton
  • South Point
  • Sunset Station
$10  

  • Aliante
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  • Binion’s
  • Boulder Station
  • Caesar Palace
  • California
  • Circus Circus
  • Encore
  • Excalibur
  • Four Queens
  • Fremont
  • Gold Coast
  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Linq
  • Luxor
  • Margaritaville
  • MGM Grand
  • Mirage
  • New York-New York
  • Palazzo
  • Park MGM
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Sam’s Town
  • Treasure Island
  • Tropicana
  • Venetian
$15  

  • Aria
  • Bellagio
  • Circa
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Mandalay Bay
  • Resorts World
  • Wynn

How to play Three Card Poker

There are two ways to bet at a Three Card Poker table. There is a pair plus side bet and an ante. Players must bet at least one of these to get a hand. There may also be other side bets. The ante bet requires action by the player. The other bets do not. If a player only bets on pair plus, the cards are tucked because there is nothing else for the player to do. 

Three Card Poker strategy is an easy game to learn. The strategy is simple. Play a hand of queen-six-four and better. In other words, play all hands with a queen and 7 and higher, plus Queen six except when a 2 or 3 is dealt with it. If the hand is a play, a raise equal to the amount of the ante must be made. If the player folds, the ante and any side bets are lost. The cards go to the dealer.

If the player raises, the hand is compared to the dealer’s hand. First, the dealer must qualify. This requires at least queen-high. If the dealer does not qualify, the ante pushes and the raise is paid. If the dealer qualifies, the hand is compared to the player’s hand. If the player beats the dealer, the raise and ante are paid. If the dealer beats the player, the ante and raise lose. The player wins a tie. 

There is an ante bonus for hands of straight and higher. A straight pays 1:1, three of a kind 4:1 and a straight flush pays 6:1. These pay, even if the player loses the hand to the dealer. 

The pair plus side bet is paid when the player bets it and makes at least a pair. This pays 1:1. A flush pays 3:1, straight 6:1, three of a kind 30:1 and a straight flush pays 40:1. The hand does not need to win to be paid on this or any other side bets. 

Las Vegas Three Card Poker FAQ

What is the typical minimum bet for Three Card Poker in Las Vegas?

There are 20 Las Vegas casinos that regularly deal Three Card Poker with a $5 minimum bet. 

How many Las Vegas casinos deal Three Card Poker?

It is dealt at 52 Las Vegas casinos.

Does The Strat deal Three Card Poker?

No. It deals Three Card Prime, which is a similar game. 

Are there any video Three Card Poker machines in Las Vegas?

No. The last one left the casino now known as Westgate in 2011.

Last update: June 26, 2021