Poker Games That Make You Addicted

Two casino games that you’ll find in the Video Poker family are Deuces Wild and Joker Poker. They’re usually found on Bally’s Game King machines in addition to the Jacks or Better family of Video Poker games.

If they’re played using the correct strategy the return is over 98% for both games, hence, the edge to the casino is under 2%.

All winning hands double per each credit bet, except for the natural Royal Flush which pays 4,000 credits with the maximum of five credits bet. Thus, it is prudent to wager the maximum number of credits whenever you play any version of Video Poker.

Here are the specifics of both games:

Deuces Wild

The four Deuces (two’s) are wild, which means you can substitute the deuce to complete any winning hand. For example, if you have two aces and two deuces in your hand, you have four aces. Unlike Jacks or Better where a pair of jacks nets you a push, the smallest winning hand in deuces is three of a kind. Pay tables may vary between casinos. A common pay table listed below with max credits bet has a return of about 98.7%, which leaves the house edge at 1.3%:

3 of a Kind – 5

Straight – 10

Flush – 15

Full House – 20

Four of a Kind – 20

Straight Flush – 45

Five of a Kind -75

Wild Royal Flush – 125

Four Deuces – 1000

Natural Royal Flush – 4000

Simple Strategy

Hold any completed winning hand initially dealt unless you have more than 2 deuces, or you are one card away from a straight flush or higher. One or more deuces initially dealt should always be held.

Joker Poker

The Joker Poker deck contains 53 cards including one Joker, which is wild. You can substitute the joker to complete any winning hand. For example, if you have three aces and a joker in your hand, you have four aces. Unlike Jacks or Better where a pair of Jacks nets you a push, the smallest winning hand in this game is a pair of Kings. Pay tables may vary between casinos.

The common pay table listed below with max credits bet has a return of about 98.6% which leaves the house edge at 1.4%:

Pair of Kings or Better – 5

Two Pair – 5

Three of a Kind – 10

Straight – 15

Flush – 25

Full House – 35

Four of a Kind – 90

Straight Flush – 250

Royal Flush with Joker – 500

Five of a Kind – 1000

Natural Royal Flush – 4000

Simple Strategy

Hold any completed winning hand initially dealt with or without the joker.

Hold a natural Four of a Kind and discard the fifth card in hopes of being dealt the joker to complete a Five of a Kind for a much larger payout.

Hold three or four cards dealt to a Royal, Straight Flush, Flush, or Straight.

Good Luck!

New Way of Roulette

The most popular roulette table game in today’s casinos is played at a table with a house dealer, a wheel with 38 pockets, 18 red, 18 black and 2 green colors containing the numbers zero and double zero. A single zero wheel also exists and is popular in European Casinos. The table has a felt betting layout with numbers and colors corresponding to the wheel.

Let us first consider how the casino advantage (house edge) is calculated. The popular double zero wheel has 38 numbered positions that include:

0, 00 and 1 through 36. The payout for a single number win is 35 to 1. Assume there are 38 $1.00 chip bets on all the numbers. The casino will collect 37 losing wagers and pay the winner 35 chips. The casino retains a $2.00 profit, therefore 2/38 = 5.26%.

Basic Table Roulette

Here are the bet(s) combinations that players can make at the basic table:

a) Straight Up – Chip(s) placed on a single number. Example: # 17. A winning payout is 35 to 1.

b) Split Bet – a Two number bet vertical or horizontal. Example: Chip(s) placed on the line between the 5 & 8. Pays 17 to 1 if either of the two numbers win.

c) Street Bet – A bet on three consecutive numbers. Example: Chip(s) placed on the line of a bottom row number such as 19, will cover 19 -21. Payout is 11 to 1 for the win.

d) Corner Bet – A bet on four numbers. Example: Chip(s) placed at the corner intersection of 25, 26, 28 & 29. Winning payout is 8 to 1.

e) Line Bet – A six consecutive number bet. Example: chip(s) placed on a line between two numbers at the bottom such as 31 & 34 will cover 31 – 36, the payout is 5 to 1 for the win.

The above examples are known as Inside Bets. There are other betting options on the felt called Outside Bets with more desirable odds but less desirable payouts. They are:

Column Bet – Betting on twelve numbers in a column such as 1 – 34. Winning payout is 2 to 1.

Dozens Bet – Betting on the first twelve, second twelve or third twelve. Winning payout is 2 to 1.

Red or Black – A bet on either color. A winning payout is even money at 1 to 1.

Odd or Even – A win also pays even money.

1-18 or 19-36 – Pays even money for the win.

21st Century Roulette

Enter the 21st Century and technology has added some competition with virtual reality. Three variations are currently available:

Rapid Roulette

Electronic Roulette

Video Roulette

Rapid Roulette

The Rapid Roulette pit has a live dealer and wheel surrounded by twelve player stations, each with a video screen containing a virtual table. Players have the option of selecting their own virtual chip denomination and can change their value any time. Increment amounts are: $.50; $1.00; $2.00; $5.00; $25.00 and $100. The minimum bet is five dollars. All buy in’s and cash outs are handled by the dealer. Once you purchase your credits, select your chip amount. When the screen displays “place your bets” you will have exactly 40 seconds to “touch screen” your wages on to the virtual table. If you make an error you can clear and reset or drag the chip(s) into the desired position with your finger. The dealer then spins the ball. All wins and losses are resolved instantly on the credit meter.

An interesting feature is the “neighbors” bet. For instance, if you bet #8, press the neighbors tab and the two numbers on each side of the #8 on the wheel will be bet for you. Your bet will cover #8, 12, 19, 29, and 31. Winning payouts are the same as table roulette.

Electronic Roulette

The Electronic Roulette cell has eight player stations with video screens containing wagering options similar to Rapid Roulette. The minimum bet is two dollars. Virtual chip values are: $1.00, $5.00, $20.00, $50.00, $100. Each unit has a bill acceptor for credit purchases and a slot for your player’s card.

In the center, is a real wheel, which is continuously rotating. Once the “place your bets” single appears on the screen, the players have exactly 50 seconds to make their wagers by touch screen. When time expires, a small ball is catapulted onto the wheel. After the ball lands on a number, credits are automatically added or deducted from all player stations. A cash out button will deliver the ticket when players are ready to move on.

Video Roulette

This option has a virtual display of the wheel and table, in a unit similar to a slot machine. You may wager for as little as five cents and play at your own pace. Various amounts can be incrementally increased up to ten times by touching the screen to wager and then pressing spin when ready. Although this seems convenient, you pay a price for the benefit. All winning payout amounts are reduced. For example, if you play at the twenty-five-cent level, the winning payout is 34 for 1 instead of the traditional 35 to 1. This return doubles the house edge to 10.53 %. Playing at the five or ten cent level, the payout is 32 for 1. The house edge is now 15.8%. This is the price you pay for betting small and slow.

Good Luck with whatever game you choose!

Tips To Play Table Games

Look at any craps table and you’ll see numerous wagers where some appear to have hefty payouts. These are One Roll wagers. None of them pay off in true odds. These bets should be avoided because they can deplete your bankroll very quickly.

Seasoned players know there are thirty-six possible combinations that can be made with a pair of dice, each with numbers one through six. For example, the number 7 can be rolled six ways, such as: 6 and 1; 1 and 6; 5 and 2; 2 and 5; 4 and 3; 3 and 4. The numbers 6 and 8, five ways; numbers 5 and 9, four ways; numbers 4 and 10, three ways; 3 and 11, two ways; and the 2 and 12, one way.

With the aforementioned in mind, here are the bets that you should avoid and why, when playing:

The Field

This is a one roll wager where the player wins if a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 appear and loses if a 5, 6, 7 or 8 appear. Payouts are even money except for the 2 or 12 which pay 2/1. A novice player would look at the field and think, “There are seven numbers to win with and only four to lose.” However, if you combine all the ways the winning numbers can be rolled they will total 16. The losing numbers combinations total 20. Thus, winning numbers can appear 45% of the time but the losers come forth at 55%. The house edge is about 6%.

Any Craps

Another one roll wager that pays 7/1 if a two, three, or twelve is rolled. Add them all up and the true odds are 9/1 against. The house edge is about 11%.

Any Seven

The worst one roll wager for the player. The odds are 6/1 against and the payout is only 4/1. If you really want to make this bet, my advice to you is, don’t. The house edge is about 17%.

Hardway Bets

These are the even number totals of 4, 6, 8, and 10. In our Monopoly days we knew them as doubles. Two 2’s = 4, etc. In the world of craps these are known as Hardways. When a player elects to make a Hardway wager he or she is betting that particular number will only appear as an even number total, for example, a hard eight as 4 and 4. All of the other four combinations that make up the eight now become losers. The Hardway bettors now lose when a seven or any eight other than the 4 and 4 appear. The odds are 10/1 against but the payout is only 9/1. The house edge for a hard 4 or 10 is about 11%, and hard 6 or 8, about 9%.

Horn Bet

A one roll wager betting that a 2, 3, 11, or 12 will emerge. The bet must be made in multiples of four units. You will be paid 30/1 for the 2 or 12, or 15/1 for the 3 or 11, minus your three losing wagers. These numbers only have a 1/6 chance of showing up. You can also bet these numbers individually. Your best bet is no bet. The house edge is about 12.5%.

C & E (Craps and Eleven)

The C&E bet is actually a combination of the any craps (2,3,12) bet, or the 11 (AKA Yo) bet. Basically, when you bet on C and E, you are wagering that the shooter will roll any craps numbers (2, 3, or 12) or 11. If you hit any one of these numbers, you win the bet.

There’s a 1 in 6 chance that the C and E bet will hit. The payouts are different for each part of the bet. If the crap numbers come up it pays 3/1. If an 11 is rolled, 7/1. the total overall house edge is 11%.

Fire Bet

Not all casinos offer this wager. The bettor(s) win if the shooter makes at least four different point numbers before a seven out is rolled. Only different point numbers count. The pay tables range from a 10/1 payout for one point made four times up to 2000/1 If all six point numbers are made four times each before a seven out. In this unlikely event the house edge is a whopping 25%!

Hop Bet

This is a one roll verbal bet that is rarely played because most bettors are unaware of it. A player may wager that the dice will hop to a certain combination on the next roll. For example: if you have a hunch that an 8 will be rolled as a 6 and 2, simply shout to the dealer, “Five dollars on hop eight as six and two”. If it happens you will be paid 15/1. You may also call out a Hardway, “Hop eight at four and four”. If you’re lucky, you win 30/1. Any callout is permitted. All payouts are the same. This is a typical sucker bet. Depending on the hop combo called out, the house edge can range from about 5% to 12%.

Your best bet is to stick to the line wagers, pass, don’t pass, come, don’t come with the odds bet(s) and the place numbers 6 and 8.

Good Luck!

Avoid Being Bad Luck On Blackjack

Most blackjack games in casinos today offer optional bonus or side bets. Once rare at a basic blackjack table they are becoming more and more widespread. The rational is simple because they carry a huge house edge. Anywhere from 3% to 20% or more compared to the 0.5% edge when playing straight up blackjack while using correct Basic Strategy. The bigger the edge, the more money the house makes.

The side bets do have an upside for the player in that all winning bonus wagers will pay out even if the player loses the original hand, and the large payouts are tempting. If you care to venture in, here are some of the most popular ones:

Twenty-One + 3

This side bet incorporates a little 3 Card Poker excitement into the mix in that your first two cards and the dealer’s up card are the determining factors. After you’ve made your BJ and optional Twenty One + 3 wagers, the combination of the three cards must equal a flush, straight flush, any straight, or three of a kind. The bet wins 9 to 1 on a six or eight deck game. The house edge is about 3%.

Royal Match 21

This one is based on your first two dealt cards:

Any two suited cards pay 2.5 to 1

A suited King & Queen (Royal Match) pays 25 to 1

A player Royal Match & dealer Royal Match in any suit pays 1000 to 1

The maximum bet allowed will vary between casinos. With the outcome based on your first two cards, the house edge is about 6%.

Bet the Set 21

This side bet focuses on your first two cards after you’ve made you’re blackjack wager and a Bet the Set wager. In some jurisdictions this bet is also known as Pair Square. If you are dealt any pair you are paid according to a pre-determined pay table based on the number of decks in play:

Single deck – pair pays 15 to 1

Double deck – pair pays 10 to 1, suited pair pays 25 to 1

Four, six or eight deck – pair pays 10 to 1, suited pair pays 15 to 1

Depending upon the number of decks in play and the pay table which varies between jurisdictions, the house edge varies between 5 & 6%.

Dealer Bust 21

Player wins if the dealer busts with various up cards showing. The winning payouts are paid according to the following table:

Bust with Ace up – Pays 10 to 1

Bust with 10 to K – Pays 4 to 1

Bust with 7 to 9 – Pays 2 to 1

Bust with 2 to 6 – Pays 1 to 1

The house edge is about 10% if the dealer stands on soft seventeen, about 8% if the dealer hits soft seventeen.

Over/Under 13

A player can wager on whether the total of his first two cards will be over, or under, 13. An exact 13 total always loses and Ace always counts as 1. The house edge for the Over 13 wager is 6.5 %, and for the Under 13, it’s 10 %. The side bet is usually offered on six- and eight- deck games.

Pair Square

A player wins if his or her first two cards are the same rank (such as a pair of 8’s). An unmatched pair (like an 8 of Clubs and an 8 of Hearts) pays 10 to 1. A matched pair (like a pair of 8’s of clubs) pays 15 to 1. The house edge is 10.6 %.

Super Sevens

In addition to your blackjack game bet, wager $1 that you will be dealt from one to three sevens resulting in the following payouts:

One seven pays 3 to 1

Two unsuited sevens pay 50 to 1

Two suited sevens pay 100 to 1

Three unsuited sevens pay 500 to 1

Three suited sevens pay 5000 to 1

The house edge is about 12% with no third card dealt and about 11% when a third card is dealt.

Lucky ladies

Here is a bet where any hand totaling 20 wins something. If you’re lucky enough to have a pair of Queens, you’ll win more, as the following pay table shows:

Pair of Queens with a dealer Blackjack – pays 250 to 1

Pair of Queens – Pays 25 to 1

Any suited 20 – pays 9 to 1

Any unsuited 20 – pays 4 to 1

The house edge is between 17 & 20 % depending on the jurisdictions pay table.

Always keep in mind that your bankroll is at a greater risk of a quicker depletion while playing blackjack games and making these tempting side bets.

Good Luck!