How To Play Poker

Become a Poker Pro at Island Resort & Casino

With roots dating back to the 16th century, Poker games have long been a favorite of soldiers, sailors, gunslingers and even mobsters. Don’t fall into any of those demographics? Don’t worry—with a little bit of learning, you too can enjoy success at the tables and learn how to play poker.

The Poker action is hot and heavy at Island Resort & Casino! From Ultimate Texas Hold Em to 3 Card Poker, there’s a game for every Poker pro and aspiring card shark here.

How to Play Poker

While the various forms of Poker can range wildly in style of play, rules and betting, the basics of the game remain the same:

  • The setup: Poker games are played with a standard 52 card deck. Each player is dealt an allotted number of cards depending on the rules of the specific game being played. In some games, such as Ultimate Texas Hold’em, community cards are also dealt.
  • The objective: Each player uses their cards and the community cards to try to create a combination of cards that outranks their opponents. Hands are ranked in order of value, or strength, based on their difficulty to obtain. For example, four-of-a-kind beats a pair. Each Poker game sets rules on the strongest hands or the strength of hand needed to qualify for a win.
  • Betting: Bets are made at standard intervals set forth by the game’s specific rules. Players assess the strength of their hands or the perceived weakness of the dealer or other players’ hands while betting. Some forms of the game, such as 3 Card Poker, offer multiple ways to bet, and win. Whatever you do, don’t splash the pot.
  • The fun: At the end of betting, the player with the best hand wins. Rake in the chips!

Take on the Dealer in Ultimate Texas Hold’em

Go heads-up against the dealer or bet on your own hand in Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Bet early and often, or not at all. Beat the dealer’s hand to win. If your five-card hand is three-of-a-kind or better, you’ll score even more cash with the optional Trips bonus bet.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em table limits range from $3 to $50.

Learn more about the rules and how to play Ultimate Texas Hold’em.

Try Your Hand at 3 Card Poker

3 Card Poker offers three different ways to play, and four ways to win. Choose the Pair Plus bet and win with a pair or better. Bet the ante spot to play against the dealer’s hand – draw the better hand and you win. Play both the Pair Plus and Ante to bet your own hand and take on the dealer – you might even win an Ante Bonus!

3 Card Poker table limits range from $3 to $50.

Learn more about the rules and how to play 3 Card Poker.

Make the Most of Your Trip

Planning a Poker trip to Island Resort & Casino? Sign up for an Island Club Card to begin earning exclusive rewards redeemable for guest rooms, spa treatments, rounds of golf, beverages and so much more!

Don’t forget the wide range of entertainment and amenities we have to offer. Take in a show at Island Showroom, or relax after a lengthy Poker session in our Drift Spa. For information regarding our games, hotel amenities or spa services, please call 1-877-475-7375.