How To Play Poker

How To Play Poker

Poker at casino royale – The ultimate bluffing game.

Come and play in a fun and friendly atmosphere whilst raising funds for charity at Casino Royale, “Shaken, Not Stirred”, at The Duck at Burtle on Saturday 10 June 2017 (this event has been postponed and will be running again later this year – new dates to follow).  A black tie, ticket event with delicious food from our award wining gastro-pub, cocktails, live music and your chance to win the big prize!  There will be 3 gaming tables – Blackjack, Poker and Roulette.  Check out these blogs on how to play!  Good luck!!!


poker straight

The object of the game is to win money or chips by capturing the pot, which contains bets made by various players during the hand. A player wagers a bet in hopes that he has the best hand, or to give the impression that he holds a strong hand and thus convince his opponents to fold (abandon) their hands.  This is the ultimate bluff game – who can hold their cool the longest.

There are various versions of poker, using 3, 5 or 7 cards, Stud, Texas, Omaha and more.  The objective and terms are mostly the same – below we’ve explained 3 card poker.

3 card poker

The game is played with one deck of cards. Ace is high, but may be used as a value of one within a Straight or Straight Flush (see below), being Ace, 2, 3.

Players may make an initial wager, comprising either or both of the following:-

i) An “Ante” wager – being that the player’s hand will have a higher poker ranking than the dealer’s.

ii) A “Pair Plus” wager – being that the player’s hand will achieve a particular hand ranking, irrespective of whether it beats the dealer.

Each player and the dealer is dealt three cards face down. Players may touch their cards to assess their hand.

A Player who has made an Ante wager who wishes to continue in the game must make a further wager, called the “Play” wager, of an equal amount to their Ante bet. Otherwise, their Ante bet will lose.

Players who only placed a “Pair Plus” wager, without an Ante bet, will remain in the game provided their hand contains at least a pair (see below).

Hands are ranked in descending order as follows:-

STRAIGHT FLUSH – three cards of consecutive values of the same suit (e.g. 4H,5H,6H);

THREE OF A KIND – three cards of the same value (e.g. 3 x 7’s, 3 x kings etc)

STRAIGHT – three cards of consecutive values but not the same suit (e.g. 4H,5C,6D);

FLUSH – three cards of the same suit but not consecutive values (e.g. 4H, 7H, 9H)

PAIR – two cards of the same value (e.g. 2 x 6’s, 2 x 4’s)

HIGH CARD – the highest single card in a hand that has none of the above rankings.

The Dealer must have a hand with at least “Queen High” to qualify against the Player’s hand.

If the Dealer DOES NOT qualify:-

i) All “Play” bets are void (“stand off”) and are returned to the players;

ii) “Ante Bonuses” (see below) are paid on hands with a “Straight” or better;

iii) All “Ante” bets win and are paid odds of 1 to 1

iv) All “Pair Plus” wagers are paid or lose, according to whether they contain at least a Pair in the above table of rankings (see odds below)

If the Dealer DOES qualify:-

i) The “Play” wagers are paid or lose, depending on whether they have a higher ranking that the Dealer’s hand in the above table.

ii) “Ante Bonuses” are paid on all Straights or better (see odds below);

iii) Ante bets are paid or taken (see odds below);

iv) All “Pair Plus” wagers are paid or lose according to whether they contain at least a Pair in the above table of rankings (see odds below)

A tied hand is a stand off on the “Play” and “Ante”. However, the “Ante Bonus” and “Pair Plus” are always paid where the hand meets the required ranking.

If the Dealer qualifies and has a higher hand ranking than the player, the “Ante” and “Play” wagers will both lose.

If the Player has placed a Pair Plus wager but their hand does not contain at least a pair, the wager will lose.

If the Player’s hand beats the Dealer’s qualifying hand, their Ante and Play wagers will win.

There are many other rules and variations but you can learn these along the way.  So come by on Saturday 10th June to your local casino for the night – The Duck at Burtle.

poker bluff

When it’s time to eat, come by to The Duck at Burtle, Somerset’s hidden gem.

We are an award winning gastro-pub and Free House, quietly located in Burtle, on the beautiful Somerset Levels. Our dining experience is born from a passion to deliver honest, great tasting, homemade food with a warm and friendly service.

We have a large garden, free wifi and are dog and wheelchair friendly.

We also offer accommodation and a function room for weddings and private hire.

Open from 12 til Late 7 days a week with lunch served from 12-3, afternoon tea from 3-6 and dinner from 6-9.

Sunday Roast is served all day!

01278 238 282 /

Station Road, Burtle, Somerset, TA7 8NU


Lena Smeaton