Tres y Dos

Tres y Dos Rules and Mechanics

Tres y Dos, which is Spanish for ‘three and two’, is a simple draw and discard game that is based on rummy. The game is widely known in the Dominican Republic.

Game objective

The objective of Tres y Dos is to be the first player to compose a ‘full house’ hand. This combination consists of a triplet of 3 matching cards and one pair of 2 matching cards.

Players and cards

A standard 52-card deck without Jokers is used to play Tres y Dos. Anywhere from 2 to 7 players are around to participate, but the game is best played with 3 to 5 players. The cards have no ranking order and the suits bear no value. The ranks are solely used for matching purposes. Two or more cards of the same rank are considered a match.

Deal & play

Like what the Lucky Dino Casino review of games depicts, the dealer is selected at random. The standard procedure of play is for the dealer to shuffle the cards and pass the deck to the players’ left to cut. The dealer then hands out cards to the players one at a time in a counter-clockwise order, until each player has 5 cards. The remaining cards are placed in a stack face down to form the stock. The top card of the stock is revealed and placed face up to the stock to begin the discard pile. Discarded cards should face up in a single stack.

Meanwhile, the player to the dealer’s right must initiate the game. A player must first draw one card from the top card of the stock pile or the discard pile then discard one of his six cards, placing it face-up on the discard stack.

End of game

A player who forms Tres y dos may place his hand face-up on the table for all the other players to see. The game ends once this happens, and the player who puts down this combination is declared the winner. The first player to show a winning hand is automatically the winner, regardless if he was dealt a winning hand before anyone took a turn. In the case that a player reveals his hand but does not hold a winning combination, this player takes back their hand and play continues.

On the other hand, more than one player may try to show a winning hand at the same time. This could occur if two players were dealt a full house as their first hand. The winner is the player among the two who showed winning hands whose turn would have come first, beginning with the player to the dealer’s right and going counterclockwise, with the dealer being last.