3-Card SLOTKER® – RULES (2 to 12 players)

is our first and original slot machine card game. It’s easy to learn, easy to play and the action is fast and fun!


* The cards are shuffled.

* All players ante 1 chip to the pot.

* Players are then dealt three cards face up.

* Any player with either two matching poker card values (above the card suits) or two maching slot machine symbols (below the card suits) may discard one card, and will be dealt a replacement card from the dealer.

* The player with the highest-ranking hand, with three matching poker card values (deuces up to aces) or three matching slot-machine symbols (LEMONs up to BARs), wins the pot, and a new round begins.

* If two or more players are tied with same 3-matching slot-machine symbols, the player with the highest-ranking 3-card poker hand, associated with their three-matching slot-machine symbols, wins the pot.

* If no player has made any 3-of-a-kind hand, then all players contribute another chip to the pot, and a new round is dealt, with players competing for a progressively-increasing pot.

3-Card SLOTKER® – FYI:

It is possible, with 3 cards, you could have two matching poker cards and two matching slot machine symbols. For example, with the ORANGE-Queen-of-Hearts, ORANGE-King-of-Diamonds and BELL-King-of-Hearts. You could discard the BELL-King-of-Hearts and draw for a third ORANGE. Or you could discard the ORANGE-Queen-of-Hearts and draw for a third King. But you must first discard one card before receiving a replacement card from the dealer.

It is much more likely to make a winning hand by discarding the BELL-King-of-Hearts, and drawing for a third ORANGE. However, if you see that another player has already been dealt a higher-ranking 3-of-a-kind hand (such as 3 PLUMs or 3 BELLs), you could not win with three ORANGEs, so you should discard the ORANGE-Queen-of-Hearts to draw for a third King.

When two or more players are tied with the same three slot-machine symbols, then the 3-card poker hand is played to determine the winner, and this is when the card suits can be used when making a flush.

Three-card poker hands, in SLOTKER®
, are ranked like standard poker hands, from lowest to highest: High Card, Pair, Straight or Flush. (Note: three-of-a-kind or straight flush hands, associated with three matching slot machine symbols, are not possible.)

3-of-a-kind slot machine symbols are ranked, from lowest to highest: LEMONs, CHERRIES, ORANGEs, PLUMS, BELLs, and BARs. And each card displays this information below the slot machine symbol, for quick and easy reference, including the rank of the slot machine symbol and the quantity of that slot machine symbol in the deck.

FOR THE FASTEST ACTION AND MOST FUN, no reshuffle is required after each round of hands, as long as there are enough cards remaining in the deck to deal each player three cards plus a replacement card. While this may eliminate some combinations that could be made, this may also add some advantage for the players who can remember certain cards that have been previously played.