How To Play 3 Card Brag, Rules, Betting and more

how to play bragAt the start of any game the cards are shuffled and each player is dealt one card face up, the highest card is the dealer for the 1st round. The deal moves clockwise round the table after each hand. The cards are never shuffled again unless a player shows 3 of a kind also known as a prial!

Each player pay’s an ante which is usually a set amount agreed before you begin, the dealer deals each player at the table 3 cards face down one at a time clockwise (to his left).

3 Card Brag Betting.

The action always goes clockwise so the player to the dealers left is the first to act. At this point players have 2 options, they can look at the cards dealt and play “open” or choose not to look and play “blind” playing blind means all players who have seen their cards have to pay double the amount of a “blind” player. This adds loads of action and can bring greater rewards.

The action goes round the table and keeps on going as players decide to look or “open up” and then fold, when only two players are left they have the option to continue betting or “call” the other player. A lot of card schools say to call you have to pay double the bet at that point, this is something you need to check before you start.

When a player has called the highest hand wins, if the two players have the same hand the calling player loses, no suits are higher than any other in brag.

Calling and Raising in 3 Card Brag.

Again most card schools have their own rules so make sure you get these straight. A lot play there is a maximum bet but this is usually thrown out of the window as the game goes on and the pints go down, every game of brag i have ever been involved in starts nice and low usually at £1 and £2 bets, after a while it’s £10 £20 £50 and more. Set limits if you need too and stick to them.

In 3 card brag the rules about calling are another tricky point, we play as many do that you can NOT call a blind man “unseen cards” it’s important to remember that you can only call when there are 2 players left and no more. When there are 2 left and only 1 player is playing blind you can call him/her after 3 bets. If both are playing blind you can call anytime, the same goes if both players have seen their cards.

Covering The Pot.

In 3 card brag a lot of money goes nowhere and players often run out, in these situations in friendly card schools you can “cover the pot” when it gets to your turn you put the remaining money you have in the pot and place your cards on top. The other players can continues in a side pot which you can nit win. When the hand is over you show your cards, if you have the highest hand you take the cash from the pot you had covered.

DO NOT cover the pot, lose and then pull some more money from your pocket, being broke means being broke in this game!

The choice to cover the pot is one of the most important things you need to get straight when starting a game, a lot play if you have no money left you lose. A lot of lending goes on in 3 card brag from others around and from the other players, it’s a gentleman’s, game but old school gentlemen. They will lend you money to keep playing but you had better pay it back!

After the hand he winner grabs the cash and the cards are passed to the next player (clockwise) who deals again, the cards from the previous hand are placed on the bottom of the pack, remember the cards are NEVER shuffled unless a prial is shown.