Read about Tri Card Poker, a poker game with three cards. We explain the gameplay, tips, and more. Play at Springbok Casino!

If you are looking for a casino game that is easy to learn, fun to play, and offers great payouts, then you should try Tri Card Poker at Springbok Casino. Tri Card Poker is a variation of classic poker, with a twist, and one of the most exciting casino games on our menu!

If you’ve never played this game before, no worries. We’re about to give you the Tri Card Poker 101 right here with everything you need to know to get started.

Tri Card Poker – The Goal

The main goal of Tri Card Poker is to get a higher-ranked poker hand than the dealer. In Tri Card Poker, you can place an Ante bet, a Pair Plus bet – or both. An Ante bet is a bet that your hand will be ranked higher than the dealer’s hand and Pair Plus bet is a bet that your hand will be a pair or better.

The dealer’s hand must qualify with a Queen high or a better hand. If the dealer’s hand does not qualify, you automatically win even money on the Ante bet and you push on the raised bet. If the dealer’s hand does qualify and you have a better hand, you win even money on the Ante and Raise bets.

Common Tri Card Poker Terminology to Know

Before you dig into our casino games menu and load Tri Card Poker onto your screen at Springbok Casino, it’s good to know some of the common terms that are used in this game. Here are a few key phrases to familiarise yourself with:

  • Even Money: A payout of 1:1.
  • Table Limits: The minimum and maximum amount of money you can bet on each betting spot for any hand.
  • Ante: Your initial bet. A bet against the dealer’s hand.
  • Pair +: A bet that you will have a pair or better.
  • Fold: Forfeit the ante and end the game.
  • Raise: Place an additional bet equal to the Ante.
  • Push: You tie with the dealer and keep your bet.
  • Rebet: Place the same bet you made on your last hand.

Gameplay – How to Navigate the Game

Playing Tri Card Poker at Springbok Casino is as easy as pie – or vetkoek and mince if you prefer. As with our other casino games, you can enjoy it on any device with seamless cross-platform integration. In terms of the nuts and bolts of how to play Tri Card Poker, it really isn’t hard at all.

Here are the gameplay steps to follow when playing Tri Card Poker at Springbok Casino:

  • Tap/click Ante or Pair+ to select a bet spot or tap/click Rebet.
  • Tap/click chips to place a bet within the table limits.
  • Repeat the steps above if you want to place another bet (Ante or Pair+, whichever bet you did not make originally).
  • Tap/click Deal.
  • Tap/click Fold or Raise to end the hand.

Tri Card Poker Hand Rankings

Now this is where that mega twist comes in! It’s all about the hand rankings. Unlike traditional poker casino games where your hand comprises 5 cards, a hand in Tri Card Poker only involves three cards. It is still based on traditional poker hand rankings, which effectively makes it an easier form of poker!

Here are the hand rankings from highest to lowest:

  • Straight Flush: Three cards of the same suit in sequence
  • Three of a Kind: Three cards of same rank
  • Straight: Three cards in sequence
  • Flush: Three cards of same suit
  • One Pair: Two cards of same rank
  • High Card: Three cards of different ranks and suits


How to Win in Tri Card Poker

To win in Tri Card Poker, you need to have a better hand than the dealer or have a pair or better in your hand. The payouts for each bet are as follows:

  • For an Ante bet, you win even money if the dealer’s hand does not qualify or if your hand beats the dealer’s hand.
  • For a Pair Plus bet, you win according to the paytable below if you have a pair or better in your hand.
  • For an Ante Bonus, payouts are also according to the paytable if you have a straight, three of a kind, or a straight flush in your hand – regardless of the value of the dealer’s hand.

The Tri Card Poker Paytable

The Tri Card Poker paytable shows you how much you can win for each bet and each hand rank. The paytable affects your expected return and your optimal strategy and it’s an important element to all casino games that you should always explore.

At Springbok Casino, we offer you a generous paytable for Tri Card Poker, with high payouts for both the Ante Bonus and the Pair Plus bets. Here is the paytable for Tri Card Poker at Springbok Casino:

Hand Rank

Pair Plus Payout

Ante Bonus Payout

Straight Flush



Three of a Kind












As you can see, the paytable at Springbok Casino is very favourable for the player, especially for the Pair Plus bet, which pays 35:1 for a straight flush and 25:1 for a three-of-a-kind. These are some of the highest payouts you can find for Tri Card Poker casino games online!

How Tri Card Poker Compares to Casino Games Like Hold ‘Em

Tri Card Poker is a great game for players who love poker but want a simpler and faster version of it. Unlike other casino games like Hold ‘Em where you must make the best five-card hand out of seven cards, Tri Card Poker only requires you to make the best three-card hand out of three cards.

Another difference between this scaled-down poker game is that Tri Card Poker has two betting options – Ante and Pair Plus. This gives you more betting options, and consequently more chances to win. Hold ‘Em, on the other hand, only has one betting option – Ante.

If you’re playing casino games to have an edge, then this difference will appeal to you! Tri Card Poker has a lower house edge than Hold ‘Em, and therefore offers better odds for the player.

Play Tri Card Poker & Other Table Casino Games at Springbok

Did you know that our table games menu has a cherrypicked collection of the best casino games? You can play Baccarat, Suit ‘Em Up Blackjack, Caribbean Draw Poker, and more. Now that you have a comprehensive Tri Card Poker 101 at your disposal, we do recommend that you give this game a go for an adrenaline-fueled poker experience!