Brit Brag, Brag or Three Card Poker is based on a popular three-card variation of Poker and is a recent addition to casino table games, having first appeared in the 1990s.
There are two ways to play with Brag and it is played using a single standard deck of 52 cards. You can bet that your hand will beat the Dealer (“Competition”) or you can play the “Pair Plus” feature – you can place either or both of these bets at the same time.
How to play Brit Brag
After you place an “ante” bet, the Dealer will deal 3 cards to all players on the table, including themselves (cards are face down).
After looking at your cards, you can stay in the game by placing your “play” bet on the table (the amount of this bet will be equal to that of your ante bet). If you fold, you lose the ante bet.
If the Dealer’s hand does not have at least a Queen high, it will not qualify and your ante bet will be paid even money and your original bet returned. If the Dealer does have a Queen high, you win evens on both your ante and your bet if your own hand is better. If the Dealer’s hand is better that yours, you lose both bets*.
If you have a ‘Straight’, ‘Three of a Kind’ or ‘Straight Flush’ you will be paid an ante bonus as shown below (even if you lost to the Dealer).
- Straight: Even Money
- 3 of a Kind: 4 to 1
- Straight Flush: 5 to 1
The Rank of Hands from highest to lowest is:
Straight flush: 3 cards of the same suit in numerical order
3 of a Kind: 3 cards of the same value
Straight: 3 cards in numerical order but of different suits
Flush: 3 cards of the same suit but not in numerical order
Pair: 2 cards of the same value
Highest Card: the highest card in the hand
Pair Plus: You can place an optional separate bet on the Pair Plus box at the start of each game. This can replace or be in addition to your ante bet. If you are dealt any of the following hands you will be paid at the following fixed odds regardless of whether the Dealer qualifies or has a better hand:
- Pair: Even Money
- Flush: 4 to 1
- Straight: 6 to 1
- 3 of a Kind: 30 to 1
- Straight Flush: 40 to 1