3 Card Stud Rules

The Basics
Like the more common five-card stud Poker played at casinos, this variation pits the player against the dealer rather than other players at the table. The aim is to beat the dealer by making the best online Poker hand possible, after a single deal of three poker cards from a standard 52-card deck.
There are two bets an online casino player can make in three-card stud that can influence the possible payoff they receive. An online casino player isn’t obliged to make both bets but must make one. The bets are:

The Ante bet – this is the same as in other casino Pokers and is the basic ‘cost’ of playing a hand.

The Pair Plus bet – this is a higher risk bet that the player will get at least a pair or higher.

Once a player’s made their bet(s), three cards are dealt face down to both the player and the dealer. They player can then assess their hand and choose to bet on or fold it depending on how they rate their chances of beating the dealer. If they choose to raise their bet (the minimum raise being the same amount they placed as their initial bet), the dealer’s hand is then revealed. The dealer’s hand must be at least Queen High (see below for hand rankings) to qualify for comparison with the player’s hand and, if it does qualify, the highest-ranking hand wins.

Bullet If the dealer doesn’t qualify, a player’s ante bet wins and a pair plus bet is returned.
Bullet If the dealer qualifies and ties with the player, ante andpair plus bets are pushed back to the player.
Bullet If the dealer qualifies and is beaten, the player wins a payoff linked to the ranking of their winning hand and the type of bet or bets they chose to make.
Hand Rankings
Having fewer than five cards, the Poker rankings used for this casino Poker differ from the standard Poker rankings and are listed below from highest to lowest:
Hand Description
Straight Flush Three cards in consecutive order from the same suit.
Three Of A Kind Three cards showing the same number or picture.
Straight Three cards in consecutive sequence in any combination of suits. Highest ranking Straight is A, K, Q and lowest 4,3,2.
Flush Three cards of the same suit.
One Pair One pair of cards showing the same number or picture.
Queen to Ace High Three cards with no consecutive sequence, or matching suits featuring at least an Ace, King or Queen.
Jack High or less Three cards with no consecutive sequence, or matching suits and none higher than a Jack.

Typical Payoffs For a Winning Hand – Pair Plus Bet

Hand Payoff
Straight Flush 40 to 1
Three Of A Kind 30 to 1
Straight 6 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
One Pair 1 to 1

Typical Payoffs For a Winning Hand – Ante Bet Bonus

Hand Payoff
Straight Flush 5 to 1
Three Of A Kind 4 to 1
Straight 1 to 1
Playing Online
Three card Stud Poker is less commonly found at online casinos, but where it is offered always check that casino’s own game guides to find out about how to use its specific software and any variations to the basic rules we’ve outlined above. Also where there is the opportunity to play the casino’s game in ‘for fun’ mode, use that to get comfortable with the player controls before you start to bet for real money.