3 patti is a card game played at both land based and online casinos. It has been around since the late 1990’s and can be found at almost all casinos. There are some variations of the game such as Prime or Three Card Progressive Poker, but this article will focus on the basic game. 3 patti is a game of chance that is derived from five card stud poker. The hand rankings are the same as in poker except only three cards are used. This means that a straight or flush only needs to be three cards in a row or of the same suit and not five cards.
The wagering in 3 patti consists of two separate bets, Pair Plus is one bet and Ante and Play is the other. Each player can place a bet on either one or both of these wagers before play begins. The initial bet on the Ante and Play option is called the Ante. Once the wagers are placed three cards are dealt to each player and the dealer. Players then have the option to place a play wager by matching their ante wager or folding. The hands are then exposed. The dealer must have a hand of Queen High or better for the dealer hand to qualify. The reason that this is important is that if the dealer’s hand does not qualify, only the ante wagers are played and they are paid at even money. The play wagers are returned.