3 Card Brag

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This English pub favorite will test the nerve of the most hardened card player. Players are betting that they have the strongest hand. The betting continues around the table untill only two players remain.  This can lead to big pots and frayed nerves. 

Players 4-8

Equipment 

Standard deck of 52 cards

Poker chips

How to play

The hands are ranked as shown in the photos

Piral or Pair Royal is the highest ranked hand. Pirals  are  three of a kind . They   are ranked with  three 3s being highest followed by three Aces , Kings , Queens, Jacks, and  10s all the way down to  2s

 

A  Running Flush is three cards in sequence and of the same suit. Running flushes are ranked Ace-2-3, Ace-King-Queen, on down to 4-3-2

A Running flush is three cards in sequence and of the same suit. Running flushes are ranked Ace-2-3, Ace-King-Queen, on down to 4-3-2

A run is three cards in sequence, and is ranked like a Running Flush.

A run is three cards in sequence, and is ranked like a Running Flush.

A Flush is three cards of the same suit. They are ranked  by highest card Ace down 5

A Flush is three cards of the same suit. They are ranked by highest card Ace down 5

A pair is ranked Aces down to 2s

A pair is ranked Aces down to 2s

High card is ranked Ace down to 4

High card is ranked Ace down to 5

At the start of each hand all players must pay an ante into the pot. The dealer gives each player three cards face down.  

Once the cards have been dealt players can look at their cards or choose to play blind.

If a player chooses to play blind they may only call  the bet not raise a it. However, a blind player only has to pay half the bet into the pot.  If a player choses to look at his or her cards after playing blind and become a regular player. A open player can not “see” a blind player.

The player to the left of the dealer is the first to act. The player must fold their cards and forfeit the hand or make a bet. If a player makes a bet the other players must decide in turn whether to fold, call or raise the bet again.

If all but one of the players folds their hands the remaining player takes the pot unchallenged. 

If a player decides to make a bet then all players at the table must fold or bet. Unlike Poker, a player’s bet must  match or be higher than only the last player’s bet.  The betting continues around the table until the all players have either folded or a player pays to see the hand.

When all but two players have folded their hands , a player can pay to “see” the other player’s hand(unless the other player is playing blind.). Seeing costs twice the value of the other players previous bet however it forces them to show their hand first. If you pay to see your opponent’s hand and your hand is the stronger you should turn over your cards and take the pot but if they are equal or worse you can simply fold your hand without showing your opponent your cards. Remember that if the hands are equal the player who pays to see loses.

An open player may not see a blind player. If all other players fold to a blind player, the pot remains, everyone re-antes, and the blind player gets to keep his or her hand for the next round and is dealt a new hand. At any time, a player with two blind hands may look at one of them and decide whether to keep it or throw it away. If the player keeps it, he or she throws away the other hand and is considered open. If the player throws it away, he or she keeps the other hand and is still blind. If everyone folds to a blind player with two hands, he or she must throw away one without looking.

At the end of the hand the dealer turn is passed to the left. The deck is only shuffeled for the next hand if a pair royal was shown.

Variations

There are many variations played. This can include wild cards, how to deal with players folding to a blind player, and even the ranking Of highest Pirals and Runs. So be sure to ask what the tabel rules are when you start.

 

Here are two other types  of Brag games

Four Card Brag

This is  played like Three Card Brag witThe the following exception.

Four cards are dealt to each player. Players who look at their hands discard one card before the betting starts. In case of a tie between two hands, the discarded card is used to decide which is better. If the discarded cards were also equal in rank then the player who was seen wins the tie.

If betting blind is allowed, a blind player will keep all four cards face down on the table. If you have been playing blind and decide to look at your cards, you discard one after looking at them.

Five Card Brag

This is played like Four Card Brag with the following exception.

Five cards are dealt to each player, and each  player discards two cards to make their hand.

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