It’s important for us to talk about Brag, the popular British gambling game, before delving into Three Card Brag. Brag is considered same as poker in many ways, but is in fact much older compared to the latter and features a different betting method too. The basic Three Card Brag game was one of the few games that were described by Hoyle, and hence can be traced back to around late 18th century or even earlier. It has plenty of similarities with the popular Indian gambling game of ‘Teen Patti’ or ‘Three Cards.’ It’s played commonly in almost every reputed offline and online casino, for instance Bet365 casino and others.
Many novice casino-goers make the mistake of confusing three card brag or teen patti with the conventional slot games. Please note, slot games are a completely different type of casino game wherein no cards or skills are involved. All you need to do is bet strategically, spin the slot machine and hope for big returns! The subject of slot machines also brings to mind this very detailed website which consists of extensive information on all kinds of slot machines you can play on the Internet. Do visit it if you are a slots lover!
About Three Card Brag
The players, cards and the preparation involved
The game of Three Card Brag is played using the regular 52 card deck without the involvement of any jokers. Every suit’s cards are ranked in the normal order starting from the highest A to the lowest 2: A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2. Although Three Card Brag is ideally played with 4 to 8 people, the players’ number may also vary from game to game.
At core, Three Card Brag is considered a gambling game and hence it’s important for the players to agree on a particular betting amount and gain good understanding of its rules. The players must agree on:
– The initial betting amount (ante bet), which must be put by all players in the community pot before the start of the game.
– The maximum and minimum amounts for the initial bets, which must be put by the first player, in order to let him/her stay in the hand.
– The higher betting limit (if applicable) that determines the maximum bet placed by any active player in the hand.
– Any particular variations of the basic rules, for instance how the wild cards can be used in the game etc.
Hand rankings in Three Card Brag
Following is a quick insight into the various Three Card Brag hand rankings or combinations, starting from the highest to the lowest, along with their corresponding explanations and examples:
1. Prial – This is the short form for “pair royal,” and is used to refer to a combination of three cards of the same value/rank. A set of three 3s is considered the best prial of all, with other prials following in terms of their general ranking order: A A A > K K K > Q Q Q > J J J > 10 10 10 > 9 9 9 and so on, down till 2 2 2, which is the lowest possible prial.
2. Running flush – You’re said to have a running flush if you get three consecutive cards belonging to the same suit. Although an Ace is considered the highest card, A 2 3 can be used as a valid running flush as long as all the three cards belong to the same suit. In fact, this running flush is the highest one with A K Q being the second highest, then K Q J > Q J 10 > J 10 9 > 10 9 8 >…….. > 4 3 2. Please note, 2 A K can’t be treated as a valid running flush.
3. Run – Any three mixed-suit consecutive cards are said to constitute a run. A 2 3 of mixed suits is the highest run, followed by A K Q > K Q J > Q J 10 > J 10 9 > 10 9 8 >…….. > 4 3 2. As in case of running flush, you can’t consider 2 A K of mixed suits as a running hand.
4. Flush – This hand combination consists of all three cards belonging to the same suit, regardless of their ranking and whether they are consecutive or not. If they are consecutive indeed, they’re considered a running flush! Please note, if two players get flushes, the one with the highest card would beat the other. You compare the highest cards first, then the middle card and then the lowest one. Hence, an Ah 9h 8h would beat Ks Qs 6s, which in turn would beat a Qc 10c 9c. Hope you get the drift!
5. Pair – A Three Card Brag hand consisting of two cards of same rank/value is considered a pair. The third card can be of any rank. In the event that the third card is also of the same rank, you’d have a prial! When comparing pairs of different players, they are ranked based on their corresponding pip value. In case two players get the same kind of pairs, it is the rank/value of the third card which determines the winner. Hence, a 10 10 7 would beat 9 9 K, which in turn would beat 9 9 Q.
6. High card – Any Three Card Brag hand which doesn’t have any of the above detailed combinations, and hence has all three different cards, is considered a high card hand. As is applicable in flushes, the rankings of such hands is determined based on the highest card; and if two players get the same highest card, it is the second highest cards and then the third highest cards which are compared. Hence, a Three Card Brag hand consisting of Q 10 7 would beat J 8 9, but would lose to Q J 7.
Please keep in mind that there is no particular order of suits in Three Card Brag. Hence, there is a good possibility that two hands can be exactly equal in terms of their rank. For instance, 10s 10h Qd is the same as 10d 10c Qs. In the event that two players get the exact same hand, it’s the player who calls (pays) to see the opponent’s hand who’d lose the game. Poker players must specifically keep in mind that ‘run’ and ‘flush’ are ranked in the opposite order (to the conventional poker) in brag.