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The history of this card game, especially popular in India, Bangladesh and some neighboring countries, dates back to the 16th century. Thus, it appeared earlier than most variations of poker.

This article describes the version of Three Card Brag, which is designed for casinos, although initially it was intended for games against other players.

General Description

A standard 52-card deck without jokers is used in Three Card Brag. Jokers are not available. Cards vary by their ranks like in any poker from a deuce to an ace.

At online casinos users play brag against the house (its role is performed by the random number generator). The goal of the game is to collect a higher poker hand compared to the virtual dealer.

Payable combinations are the following sets of cards (listed from a combination with the highest rank in descending order indicating the original titles):

  • Prial is a three of a kind (three cards of one rank regardless of the suit)
  • Running flush is a straight flush (three cards of one suit in a row by rank)
  • Run is a straight (three cards in a row by rank)
  • Flush is three cards of one suit regardless of the rank)
  • Pair is two cards of one rank
  • High Card is the card with the highest rank

They are paid according to established odds depending on a type of the bet.

It is possible to wager only on one hand, there are two independent types of bets: ante and pair bonus.


The player makes one or two bets and receives three cards. Evaluating their ranks, he or she decides what to do. There are two opportunities:

  • The first option is to fold and lose wagered money.
  • It is also possible to keep playing and make an extra bet that is equal to one ante.

In the first case, the round is over. In the second case, the dealer faces up his cards. If he does not have a queen or a combination that is higher in rank, the client receives the payment in the amount of the ante, and the additional bet is just returned. If the dealer has any combi

nation, it is compared to the player's hand.

If the customer wins, the payout is credited according to odds 1:1 for both basic bets. If the dealer has a higher hand, the ante and the player's call are transferred to the cashier of the establishment.

Bonus Payouts

Three Card Brag also has extra payouts for the ante and pair bonus.

They are credited for the ante if the player's cards have the following combinations:

  • Prial - 5:1
  • Running Flush - 4:1
  • Run - 1:1

They are provided for the pair bonus in case of the following combinations:

  • Prial - 40:1
  • Running Flush - 30:1
  • Run - 6:1
  • Flush - 4:1
  • Pair - 1:1

Thus, customers can get up to three payouts in one deal.


Speaking of brag against other players, it is worth mentioning versions with different numbers of dealt cards. It may be four, seven, nine, thirteen and even fifteen cards, but in any case, the player should choose four at his discretion. There is also a version called Bastard Brag with pocket and community cards that is very similar to Texas Hold'em.

The main differences in versions of brag for casinos concern the payout odds, even though they are not as important to pay any special attention to them.

Our reviewers have never come across models with progressive jackpots.


It should be admitted that Three Card Brag, which is intended for playing against casinos, is almost identical Three Card Poker, which is widespread in modern online gambling. You can also make basic and side bets that are paid independently of each other, and other features of the rules are very similar. However brag has a number of interesting differences that allow it to preserve the originality.

Nowadays Three Card Brag is available at the casinos running on licensed software from Novomatic and on the large portals with games from Playtech. It can be tested for free in demo mode.

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