How to play

3 Card Brag

The 3 Card Brag game combines 2 types of games in 1: a “beat the Dealer” style game, where players get 1 hand and need to beat the Dealer’s hand to win, and a “Pair bonus” game where only players’ hands are used and players win different amounts depending on the value of their hand. Players can play either 1 or both of these games and can stake different amounts on each.

3 Card Brag is played with a single 52-card deck that is shuffled at the beginning of each new game.

To play the game:

  • Click on a chip to select its value.
  • Click the Ante field or the Pair Bonus circle on the table to place your bet. Every click increases your bet by the chip value. Click Undo to decrease the bet in steps. You can also click Clear All Bets to remove all chips from the table and start over.
  • Click on Double Bet to double the chip value already bet. For example, if you have bet 1 coin and click the Double Bet button, your bet will become 2 coins. If you click Double Bet again your bet will become 4, and so on.
  • Click the Deal button. 6 cards will be dealt altogether 1 by 1 and in turns to you and to the Dealer. Your cards will be facing up, while the Dealer’s will be facing down.

Ante & Play Game

If you have chosen to bet on Ante, click the Play field on the table, or the Play circle on its end, so that the Dealer’s cards will be displayed. Please note that activating the Play function will raise your stake by putting an equal bet on Play, meaning that your bet will be doubled.

Upon revealing the Dealer’s cards, the amount that is won is decided depending on whether you or the Dealer has the highest hand. The winning hand is the highest ranked poker hand with the lowest rank being a high card and the next ranked hand being a pair. After that, rank increases through Flush, Run, Running Flush and then Prial (3-of-a-kind). You can also refer to the Paytable section on the table for more information on hand order.

The Dealer will only play if it has a Queen or higher card on its hand. If the Dealer does not qualify, the bet placed on Ante will be paid out to you as a 1 to 1 win, and the Play stake will be also returned to you (Push). If you beat the Dealer, both your Ante and Play bets will be paid as a 1 to 1 win. If the Dealer’s hand is higher, you lose both your Ante and Play stakes.

If you have a Run, Prial (3-of-a-kind) or Running Flush, then the winnings are larger. These are referred to as the Ante Bonus awards and are won regardless of the Dealer’s cards as long as you play and do not choose to fold.

If you click on the Fold field on the table, all bets will be lost and the dealt cards will be collected.

Pair Bonus Game

If you have chosen to bet on Pair Bonus and then clicked Deal, the Dealer’s cards will be automatically displayed, but will not be relevant to the pair bonus you might have won. However, a prize will not be shown, nor added to your balance, unless the Dealer’s cards are revealed. The higher the bet you placed on a hand, the higher your potential win.


  • If you bet on both games (Ante & Play and Pair Bonus) and then fold your Ante bet, rather than double the stake and play, then the Pair Bonus bet is also folded even though you may have won on it.
  • If you play Pair Bonus and not Ante & Play, you will have to make 1 request as there is no Playor Fold option. The Dealer’s cards will still be revealed in this case, so that you know what you could have won if you had also chosen to bet on Ante & Play.

Return to Player

Base Game: 96.64%.

Pair Bonus: 97.86%.



Deal the cards.

Double Bet

Double the latest bet placed by you.


Decrease the bet in the same steps as it was placed.

Clear All Bets

Remove all bets from the table.


Double your bet and reveal the Dealer’s hand.


Collect the cards from the current hand; your bets will be lost.

Repeat & Deal

Repeat your last bet(s) and deal the cards.

Repeat Bet

Repeat your last bet(s).


Casino toolbar

The lower and upper edges of the game window hold the casino toolbars. These toolbars contain a number of menus and buttons that allow you to change client settings or take advantage of the various features available in the casino client.

The bottom toolbar contains the following:


Your game window balance. This is the total money which you can use to play the current casino game, consisting of your Real Money balance as well as all the bonuses available for this game. Read more about the display of game-specific bonuses here.


Clicking this button opens the Cashier window, where you can make deposits and withdrawals, see your transaction history, etc.

Play For Real Money

This button appears only in Fun and Anonymous modes. Clicking it will take you to the Real Money account creation page. If you already have a Real Money account, it will take you to the Play for Real Money login screen.

Free Spins

This icon is displayed only in games in which you have bonus Free Spins available. Clicking this icon opens the Free Spins Bonus Panel. Read more about the display of game-specific bonuses here.

Golden Chips

This icon is displayed only in games in which you have the Golden Chip bonus available. Clicking this icon opens the Golden Chip menu. Read more about the display of game-specific bonuses here.

The top toolbar contains the following:


Next to this icon is the quick launch menu. Mouse over any category to see the available games in that category. Click on any game to launch that game.


Game Master is a feature that enables you to find your next game adventure! It contains various game categories from which you can choose games to play.

To open the Game Master window, click on the GamesMaster. If the Game Master promotion banner is displayed, click on the banner to open the Game Master window.

If a category contains more games than can be displayed at once, arrow buttons will appear when you hover over the category. Click on the arrow buttons to navigate through the games.

When you have found your desired game, click on the appropriate game icon to start the game.

Click the ‘X’ icon to exit the Game Master window.

Volume On/Off
Volume Control

Clicking this button will disable/enable sound effects.

Mouse over the sound icon to slide open the sound volume slider, where you can adjust the volume.


Mouse over this icon to open the Tools menu. The menu contains the following:

  • History - Opens the game history window, where you can see the details of recent game rounds. Note that the history is unavailable in Fun and Anonymous modes.
  • Options - Opens the options dialog, where you can change various gameplay settings. Click here to learn more about the options.
  • Help - Opens the help article that you are reading right now.
  • Support - Support lets you contact a customer support specialist, if one is online.
Full-Screen Mode

Clicking this button changes the game to full screen.

Close Game

Clicking this button closes the game window.

If multigame view is enabled for this game the top toolbar also contains the following buttons:

2-Game View

Clicking this button opens the 2-game view.

4-Game View

Clicking this button opens the 4-game view.

Multi-Game View

Clicking this button closes the multigame view and takes you back to the regular view.

Please note that it is not possible to open more than one copy of the same game in multigame view. Shortcut keys are disabled in multigame view.

Gadget bar

The Gadget opening bar is displayed on the right side of the game window when at least one gadget is enabled. Clicking on the opening bar opens the Gadget bar menu. The Gadget bar can contain mini games and various special offers. Only one gadget can be opened at a time. Clicking on another Gadget closes the previous one.

Note on disconnections: If you are disconnected from the Internet in the middle of a game while playing for Real Money, please re-establish your Internet connection and log back into the casino. You will be automatically directed to the game that was interrupted so you can continue playing.


Note on malfunctions: A malfunction voids all pays and plays.

Note on unresolved bets: Unresolved bets placed become void after 90 days.