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. If the hands are tied, then there is no action on either wager.
The casino variant of Three Card Poker was first created by Derek Webb in 1994 and patented in 1997.