Racing News


by Mike Henry

Three Card Poker continues to draw new players to The Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs. And with the Progressive Three Card Poker Jackpot currently exceeding $10,000 and climbing, the trend is certain to continue.

Beginners and less-experienced players have an opportunity to compete in a less-stressful environment than traditional poker tables, according to Tampa Bay Downs Director of Poker, Patrick Murphy.

“There is a great deal of strategy involved at our tables in knowing when to bet, bluff, and fold. That can be intimidating for newcomers,” Murphy said. “In Three Card Poker, players go head-to-head against the player-banker who is backing all the bets against the players.”

The minimum blind bet is $5 and the maximum is $500. After the cards are dealt, players have the option of folding or calling, which requires a bet equal to their blind bet.

The player-banker hand has to have a Queen-high or better to open or the player automatically wins their blind bet wager. Blind bonuses are paid for hands of a straight or higher, when they beat the player-banker’s hand (1X for a straight, 2X for three-of-a-kind, 3X for a straight flush and 10X for an A-K-Q of the same suit, or “Mini Royal”).

Additionally, players have the option to place an additional $5 Pair Plus (“Jackpot”) bet before the cards are dealt.

A winning Pair Plus bet pays 1x for a pair, 3x for a flush, 6x for a straight, 30x for three-of-a-kind and 40x for a straight flush. An A-K-Q of spades, or “Spade Mini Royal,” pays the entire Progressive Three Card Poker Jackpot (a minimum of $5,000).

“We expect Three Card Poker to become one of our most popular games, and look forward to adding new banked games for our players in the future,” Murphy said.