Live 3 Card Brag Rules
3-Card Brag requires you to put together the best possible three-card hand. At the end of a round, if your hand is better than the dealer’s is then you have won. The hand rankings are similar to poker but not quite the same.
The strongest hand is called a Prial, it is three of a kind beginning with 3-3-3. This is followed by A-A-A, K-K-K, Q-Q-Q, and so on, all the way down to 4-4-4. A Prial is followed by a Running Flush. This is a sequence of consecutive cards of the same suit where Ace can be either the highest or lowest card, such as A-2-3 and Q-K-A. The strongest Running Flush is A-2-3 and it is followed by A-K-Q, K-Q-J, Q-J-10 and so on down to 4-3-2. If you and the dealer have identical Running Flush hands then the bet is returned as a push.
A Running Flush is followed by a Run. This is a sequence of consecutive cards from different suits. It is followed by a Flush, which is any three cards of the same suit. If you and the dealer both have a Flush then the winner is decided by the high card. A Flush is followed by a Pair, two cards of the same value, and the weakest hand is High Card.
How a Round Works
At the start of the round you need to place your Ante bet and there is also the option of placing a side bet at this point. Once you have confirmed the bet the round will begin.
You and the dealer both receive three cards. The dealer’s cards are facedown while yours are face-up. You then have the choice of Play and Fold. If you choose to Play then a second bet equal to the Ante bet is placed. If you choose Fold then you lose your bet and the round ends.
Once all players have made their decisions, the dealer’s cards are revealed. In order for the dealer to qualify, the hand must contain at least a Queen. If the dealer’s hand doesn’t qualify then you win the Ante bet and the Play bet is returned as a push. If the dealer’s hand qualifies then the hands are compared and you are paid out if your hand is stronger. If your hand is tied with the dealer then both bets are returned as a push.
If you beat the dealer then the Ante and Play bets both pay at 1:1. You will also have automatically qualified for the Ante Bonus Payout by placing an Ante bet. The Ante Bonus will pay out if your hand is a Prial, a Running Flush or a Run, even if you don’t win the round. A Prial pays out at 5:1, a Running Flush pays out at 4:1 and a Run pays out at 1:1.
Pair Bonus Bet
This is a bet on your hand containing a pair or better. A pair pays out at 1:1, a Flush pays out at 4:1, a Run pays out at 6:1, a Running Flush pays out at 30:1 and a Prial pays out at 40:1.