OBJECTIVE OF TRIPOLI: Have the most chips after 3 rounds!

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4-7 players

MATERIALS: Poker chips, board to mark and receive the stakes

NUMBER OF CARDS: standard 52 card deck

RANK OF CARDS: A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

TYPE OF GAME: Gambling



Tripoli, or as it is also often referred to, Three in One, is a contemporary version of the 500-year-old European game Poch. The game can be bought in store in North America under the names TRIPOLEY, Rummoli, Michigan Rummy, and Royal Rummy. However, in German, people can still purchase the original version- Poch (Le Poque).

The game consists of three stages. The first stage, players who have certain cards in hand collect their stakes. In the second stage, players play in a similar manner to Poker, and the last stage is reminiscent of Michigan or Boodle. 

The game uses a board, or cloth, as depicted below in order to mark and receive different stakes.

The game also utilizes chips to bet.


Prior to dealing out the cards, players are required to place 9 chips on the board. One chip goes to each of the spaces labeled: 8-9-10, King-Queen of Hearts, the Kitty, Ten of Hearts, Jack of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, King of Hearts, and Ace of Hearts. Some spots may have unclaimed chips from bets from previous games, simply add yours to these.

Once the stakes are placed, the dealer passes each player one card at a time, face-down. The dealer also deals out a spare hand at the same time. Some players may have more cards than others.

The dealer may, if they don’t like their hand, exchange it with the spare hand. They are not allowed to examine the hand prior to swapping. The dealer’s original hand becomes the new spare hand. Hands may not be combined.

The dealer may also auction the spare hand to the highest bidder. The hand remains unseen in the scenario as well. The player who buys it discards their hand and pays the dealer in chips for the spare. If no one wishes to buy the hand during an auction, the dealer can still swap their hand for it. The dealer can also auction their hand to the bidder after trading it for the spare.

Once a hand is exchanged or auctioned, it may not go back.

Players keep the same hand for all three parts of the game.

PART ONE – Collecting Stakes

Players who hold the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, or Ten of hearts takes the chips from the corresponding space.

If a player has both the Queen and King of Hearts, they take chips from both the King and Queen spaces as well as the King-Queen space.

The chips on 8-9-10 can be taken by players with an 8-9-10 in sequence from any one suit (it is not required to be hearts). If two or more players satisfy this, they share the chips equally.

Unclaimed chips are left for future hands so that someone may claim them.

PART TWO – Poker

In the middle of the game is a poker round. Each player creates a 5 card hand and separates it from the rest of their cards. You do not have to make this the best hand possible if you wish to save some cards from being revealed for later in the game. If you are unfamiliar with poker hand combinations, refer to our poker hand rankings page.


Bets are placed in the pot space on the layout.

During gameplay in poker, when it is your turn to bet you have three options:

  • Call. You may call by betting the amount wagered by a previous player. For example, if you bet 5 cents and another player raises the bet amount to a dime (raises 5 cents), you may call on your turn by paying the pot 5 cents, thus matching the 10 cent bet amount.
  • Raise. You may raise by first betting the amount equal to the current wager and then bet more. This increases the wager or bet amount on the hand which other players must match if they wish to remain in the game.
  • Fold. You may fold by laying down your cards and not betting. You do not have to put money in the pot but you do sit out on that hand. You forfeit any money wagered and have no opportunity to win the pot.

Betting rounds continue until all players have called, folded, raised/have placed equal stakes. If a player raises, once the raise has been called by all remaining players, and there was no other raise, the betting round ends.


Once all players have put in equal stakes the showdown occurs. The player with the highest ranking hand takes the pot. If two or more players have highest ranking hands that are equal, the pot is split between them evenly.

Typically, the game has a betting limit that is mutually agreed upon before starting.

PART THREE – Michigan

After the poker phase concludes, players pick up their whole hands and play some Michigan. The winner of the poker pot starts the next game by leading a card. In the even there was a tie, the winner sitting closest to the left of the dealer starts or the dealer starts. The leading card may be of any suit the player chooses, however, it must be the lowest ranking card form that suit they have in hand.

The player who holds the next card in sequence form that suit must play it, placing it face-up on the table. This continues until players finish the sequence with an Ace or can no longer continue. A card that cannot be followed is called a stop card. 

Once a stop card is reached, or an Ace, the player who played either the Ace or the Stop card starts again. They may play a card from any suit but the one previously player. The same rules apply as with the first round.

Play continues in this manner until someone runs out of cards. Once this happens, the game stops immediately. The player who played their whole hand wins all the chips in the Kitt on the board. Also, they win from each player the number of chips equal to the cards in their personal hand.

If a player cannot lead after playing an Ace or a Stop card, the turn to lead passes to the player sitting to their left. If that player can also not lead, this continues passing to the left until someone can play.


The game can be continued on until players wish to stop. When they do, there will probably be some unclaimed chips. These chips are typically played for with an extra round of poker. The winner takes all the extra chips. The player with the most chips is the winner of the game!


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