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Poker Game Mode
In-game music
Original source
"Match gems and make your best hand."
— Game menu description from Bejeweled 3

Poker is a secret game mode that appear in Bejeweled 3 except the mobile J2ME version.

In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Bejeweled 3, the icon that represents Poker in the game menu is an open deck of purple poker cards.

How to unlock

  • In the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS versions of the game, it is unlocked by reaching level 5 in Classic.

Like all other game modes, the game mode is unlocked by default in Bejeweled Classic. The game mode originally didn't appear in the launch version, but it became available via an update that was released on Feb 27, 2014 with a free trial play.


Poker Mode How to Play

An overview of the game mode's instructions.

Poker mode features a large game board along with a pack of blank playing cards and a score table. Each game of Poker begins with five cards being dealt from the deck onto the game board. The objective of the game mode is to create poker hands by matching gems. Every time a match of gems is made, a card is turned over with an image of the gem type that was matched on it (for example, a match of red gems results with a card that has a red gem on it). After five matches have been made, the resulting hand is evaluated and points are added to the score. The amount of points earned depends on the hand created (see the Scoring section for more details). After points have been added to the score, another five cards are dealt from the deck and the process repeats. It is impossible to run out of moves in Poker mode.

Poker Mode Skull Intro

The notification that appears when a Skull is seen for the first time.

Throughout each game of Poker, white skull icons simply known as Skulls appear over the point values displayed on the score table, starting with the hand that awards the least amount of points. Whenever a Skull appears, the Skull Eliminator activates. While the Skull Eliminator is active, any hands created during the game will fill the meter, with hands that yield higher point values filling it more. Once the Skull Eliminator is full, a Skull is removed. As each game progresses, the rate in which Skulls appear increases. The highest hand that can get consumed by a Skull is 4 of a Kind, which would require a Flush to continue safely.

Poker Mode Game Over

The Skull Coin showing a skull, which ends the game.

Should a hand be created that is marked by a Skull, the Skull Coin will emerge from the score table and move toward the center of the board. Depending on what side the Skull Coin lands on, the game will either resume as normal or end immediately.

Once the game is over, a Stats Screen will appear with various information about the finished game, such as the total number of hands created and the total number of Skulls cleared.


Poker Mode Spectrum

A Spectrum hand being made.

Unlike other game modes in Bejeweled 3, points in Poker mode are not earned by matching gems. Instead, points are awarded only by creating poker hands. A total of seven different hands can be made in Poker mode, all of which (except for one of them) are based on actual poker hands.

In addition, bonus points can be earned in Poker mode by creating Special Gems. Making Flame Gems create flaming cards that are worth 100 additional points, and making Star Gems or Supernova Gems create sparkling cards or flaming cards, respectively, that are worth 250 additional points. While creating Hypercubes do not award bonus points, they create wildcards that adjust themselves to produce the best possible outcomes.

Bejeweled 3 Poker Flush Hand

A Flush hand being made.

Interestingly, the game mode doesn't mention anything regarding the creation of Supernova Gems. It is possible to make a Supernova Gem in Poker, although is very difficult. However it will be a flaming card when created, and has the same bonus point value as sparkling cards. In Bejeweled Classic, however, Supernova Gem matches give 500 bonus points instead of 250.


Icon Name Description
Bejeweled 3 Ante Up Ante Up Achieve specific high scores in Poker.
Bejeweled 3 The Gambler The Gambler Create specific numbers of flushes.


Icon Name Description Value
Skull Crusher Skull Crusher Remove a Skull in Poker. 5G (Xbox 360 version)
Bronze Trophy (PlayStation 3 version)


  • Whenever a Skull is present, a message informing what hands can be made that are safe can be seen above the board. This message, however, does not appear in the Nintendo DS version.
  • Two "Full House" hands (worth 30000 points in total) will eliminate a skull. However in Bejeweled Classic, three "Full House" hands will eliminate a skull instead of two. Doing 4 of a Kind hand once, which is also worth 30000 points, will not eliminate a skull; a Flush will eliminate a skull.
  • The game can end without a Skull Coin flip if it's unable to give any valid moves.
  • Swapping two Hypercubes together also create wildcards.
  • Technically, there is nothing better than a Flush, as Skulls cannot consume it. However, by modifying the secret.cfg so that SkullMax = 6, it's possible for said hand to get consumed by a Skull. When this happens, the message at the top of the board says "Need or better," and the next hand played will be a Skull Coin flip, regardless of which hand is made.
  • It is possible to make matches for a brief period after a hand is finished and displayed, but before the cards are dealt. A match made during this time won't count towards the hand, and can potentially be used to set up a better hand than would ordinarily be possible.
  • Though players cannot earn points in hands that are marked by Skull, the Nintendo DS version is an exception. In the Nintendo DS version, players can still earn points in those hands along with the flip of the Skull Coin.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポーカー
Spanish Póquer Poker
French Poker Poker
German Poker Poker
Italian Poker Poker
Portuguese Pôquer Poker
Chinese 牌局
Pái Jú


See also