To start play, place bets on the table. The player may actually make two wagers in the Rival Software version of three-card poker: the ante and a "pair+" bet, the latter of which pays whenever the player gets a poker hand of a pair or better.
The player receives three cards face up, while the dealer gets three cards face down. After looking at his/her hand, the player may choose to raise, requiring a doubling of the initial wager, or fold. The dealer's cards are revealed and, if the player's hand is higher, the payout is 2x bet.