31 Classic Game Objective
The objective of this table game is to have a winning three card hand by combining a point value of 17 or higher with up to three suited cards based on a pre-determined pay table. The dealer does not play. The point values are scored as in blackjack: 10-J-Q-K are worth 10, Aces are always 11, and the remaining cards are worth their face value.
Only suited cards are tallied to determine the point totals with one exception: 3 of a Kind (Trips) can be totaled for a potential win.
How 31 Classic is Played
This casino game is played with a standard 52 card deck on a blackjack like table with seats for up to seven players and a house dealer. All players must first make an ante wager before play begins, An optional Natural 31 Bonus Wager can also be made where the win is determined by the initial three cards dealt.
The dealer will then pitch three cards to each player face down, and one card face down in the Draw position in front of each player, which remains face down until play ends. After reviewing their three cards, all players must make one of two decisions:
– Fold – Players forfeit the ante and optional bets.
– Play – Make a Play wager equal to the ante.
If a player makes the play bet, all four cards are revealed by the dealer to determine win/loss. The fourth card gives players a chance to improve their total after they’ve made a play bet. As per the aforementioned, only suited cards are totaled with the exception of Three of a Kind (TRIPS).
The following pay tables are the winning amounts for the points shown on the Play wager. The Ante always pays 1 to 1 except for Any 17 where the bet pushes.
Base Game Pay Table
Hand Total Payout
Any 17 1 to 1
18-23. 1 to 1
24-27 2 to 1
28-29 3 to 1
30 4 to 1
Trips 6 to 1
31 10 to 1
Mini-Royal 20 to 1
Optional Natural 31 Bonus Pay Table
16-21 1 to 1
22-25. 5 to 1
26-28 10 to 1
29 to 30 15 to 1
Trips 30 to 1
31 100 to 1
Mini-Royal 200 to 1
The House Edge for the base game is about 2.6%. The House Edge for the optional Natural 31 bonus bet is about 6.08%.
The following basic strategy is recommended for this casino game:
Play if you have:
– A suited 15 or better (two suited cards)
– 3 unsuited cards with a value of 7 or higher
– A pair of 7’s or better
– A pair of 2’s – 6’s holding a suited 10 or better