Mulligan Poker Rules

Mulligan Poker Rules

Three Card Mulligan is a variation of Three Card Poker. In this variant the player can choose to trade his first hand for a second one if he so desires. The game was invented between 2012 and 2013 and is slowly making a name for itself in the casino world.


  1. A single 52-card deck is used.
  2. It follows the same poker-ranking order as in classic poker and other variants:
    • Straight Flush
    • Three of a kind
    • Straight
    • Flush
    • Pair
    • Ace high and less
  3. The first action the player has to take is making an Ante bet. The player also has the option of making a Pair Plus bet.
  4. The dealer then hands the player and himself three cards each. The dealer will receive his cards face down.
  5. At this moment the player can choose to either stand or to take a Mulligan. Through the Mulligan he will exchange his entire hand for a new one.
  6. If the player has chosen to take a Mulligan, he must then make a Mulligan bet which will be equal to his Ante bet.
  7. If he took the Mulligan, the player can also make a new Pair Plus bet which is based on the Mulligan hand.
  8. The dealer turns his cards over.
  9. When the dealer has a king high or better, he will stand. In any other case, the dealer will take a Mulligan, thus discarding his hand for three new cards.
  10. Now the dealer compares his hand to the player’s one, and the higher hand will win. When the dealer has a better hand, the player loses his Ante and Mulligan wagers. If the player has the higher hand though, both the Ante and the Mulligan wagers will pay according to the ante and raise pay table which you can find below. If both hands are tied the outcome will be a push.
  11. The Pair Plus wager will pay according to the pay table below.

Ante and Mulligan Pay Table

  • Straight Flush – 6 to 1
  • Three of a kind – 4 to 1
  • Straight – 3 to 2
  • All other – 1 to 1

Pair Plus Pay Table

  • Straight Flush – 40 to 1
  • Three of a kind – 30 to 1
  • Straight – 6 to 1
  • Flush – 3 to 1
  • Pair – 1 to 1
  • All other – Loss

Basic Strategy

The strategy for this Poker variant is pretty straightforward. If you get a K-10 or higher hand, you can stand. If you get anything lower than that, you should ask for a mulligan. Just keep that one piece of advice in mind and you’ve pretty much mastered the game. While there are plenty of other games which are just as easy to learn and master, Mulligan Poker is fun and quick and it also offer some really good payouts on the side bet.


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