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Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the modern casino game. For the traditional game, see Three-card brag. Three Card Poker is a casino table game based on poker. The casino variant of Three Card Poker was first created by Derek Webb in 1994 and patented in 1997. Webb’s goal wasn’t to create a version of poker that played with the speed of other table games. Webb established a business called Prime Table Games to market the game in both the United States and United Kingdom.
The first casino to adopt the game was Grand Casino Gulfport in Mississippi, after Webb had unsuccessful sales pitches with casino owners in Reno, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City. United Kingdom gambling regulations were changed to allow the introduction of Three Card Poker in 2002. Prime Table Games continued marketing Three Card Poker until 1999, when Shuffle Master acquired the rights to the game outside the British Isles. Three 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. If the dealer does not play, 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.