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Video Poker Strategy

Most video poker players can improve their chances by following the few simple rules for holding or discarding the first five cards that they have been dealt:
Always hold a royal flush
straight flush
four of a kind
full house
three of a kind
or two
pair
. However
with three of a kind
discard the remaining two cards for a chance at four of a kind while leaving full house opportunities open
and with two pair
discard the fifth card for a chance at a full house.
Break up a flush or a straight only when you have four cards to a royal flush. That is
if you have ace-king-queen-jack-9
all of clubs
discard the 9 to take a chance at the big payoff for the 10 of clubs. That still leaves open the possibility of a flush with any other club
a straight with any other 10
and a pair of jacks or better with any ace
king
queen
or jack.
Break up a pair of jacks or better if you have four cards to a royal flush or four cards to a lower straight flush.
Keep a low pair instead of a single high card (jack
queen
king
or ace).
Do not draw to a four-card inside straight — one in which the missing card is in the middle rather than on either end — unless it includes at least three high cards. A four-card open straight is one that has space open at either end to complete the
hand
; for example
a hand of 4-5-6-7 can use either a 3 at one end or an 8 at the other to complete the straight. An inside straight has space in the middle that must be filled to complete the hand; 4-6-7-8 needs a 5 to become a straight. Open straights give the player a better chance
with twice as many cards available to fill the straight.

Optimal Strategy
Once you’re used to the quick strategy
you may want to move on to a version that is more complex
but more accurate. Following is a strategy that is optimal for the common 8-5 and 7-5 Jacks or Better machines. It also varies only about a tenth of a percent from optimal on 9-6 Jacks or Better and for Bonus Poker machines.
Just as in the quick version
a few hands are never broken up. Obviously
if you’re fortunate enough to be dealt a royal flush
you hold all five cards and wait for your payoff. (On payoffs this large
the machine will flash “Jackpot!” or “Winner!” In these cases the winnings will be paid by an attendant rather than by the machine. Do not put more coins in the machine or attempt to play another hand before you are paid for the royal flush.)
Also hold all five cards on a straight flush or a full house. Hold all four matching cards on four of a kind. Hold three of a kind while discarding the other two cards for a chance at either four of a kind or a full house. Hold both pairs in a two-pair hand
but discard the fifth card for a chance at a full house.
In the right circumstances
however
the player sometimes will break up a flush
a straight
or a pair of jacks or better. If you do not have one of the “always keep” hands
use the following list. Possible predraw hands are listed in order. Find the highest listing that fits your predraw hand
and discard any cards that do not fit the hand. For example
if your hand includes jack of spades
jack of diamonds
10 of diamonds
9 of diamonds
and 8 of diamonds
you have four cards to an open straight flush in diamonds
and you also have a pair of jacks or better. The four-card open straight flush is higher on the list than the pair of jacks or better
so you would discard the jack of spades and draw to the four-card straight flush. You are giving up the certain 1-for-1 payoff for a pair of jacks
but you have a chance at a straight flush with either a queen or 7 of diamonds
could draw a flush with any other diamond
or still could finish with a pair of jacks by drawing the jack of either clubs or hearts.
This strategy distinguishes between inside straights or straight flushes and open straights or straight flushes.
Remember
keep a royal flush
straight flush
four of a kind
full house
three of a kind
or two pair. Here is how other predraw hands rank:

1. Four-card royal flush. Note that you would break up a flush
a straight
or a high pair when you’re missing only one card in a royal flush. But if you have a straight flush that runs from 9 through king of the same suit
take the straight flush payoff rather than chasing the royal.

2. Flush.
3. Straight.

4. Four-card open straight flush. The big difference in the payoff between a royal flush and a lower straight flush means that the only winning hand you break up to chase a straight flush is a pair of jacks or better
whereas you’d also break up a flush or a straight to chase the royal. There is no option to break up two pair.


5. Four-card inside straight flush.

6. Pair of jacks or better. Discard the remaining three cards. Sometimes players who are used to playing table poker want to keep a high-card “ kicker ” to the pair — for example
holding an ace along with two queens. Don’t hold a kicker in video poker; give yourself the maximum chance to draw a third high card
or even a full house or four of a kind.


7. Three-card royal flush.
8. Four-card flush.

9. Four-card open straight
two or three high cards.
An example would be 9 of clubs
9 of spades
10 of clubs
jack of hearts
queen of diamonds. Throw away one of the 9s
and the remaining cards give you a chance at a straight with either an 8 or a king
and you also have a chance at either a pair of jacks or a pair of queens.

10. Low pair (two 10s or lower). Most new players keep a single jack or better rather than a low pair
and it’s true that keeping that one high card will result in more frequent winning hands. But most of those will be 1-for-1 payoffs for a pair of jacks or better. Keeping the low pair will result in more two-pair
three-of-a-kind
full-house
even four-of-a-kind hands.

11. Four-card open straight
one high card.


12. Three-card inside straight flush with two high cards.

13. Three-card open straight flush with one high card.
14. Four-card open straight
no high cards.

15. Two-card royal flush
no Ace or 10.
You won’t hit the royal most of the time
but more possible straights can be formed with lower cards than with aces. And unlike other parts of a royal flush
the 10 leaves no potential high-pair payoff. So the two-card royal is a better play with cards in the middle than with aces or 10s.

16. Three-card double inside straight flush
two high cards.
A double inside straight flush has both cards missing on the inside; for example
8-jack-queen of clubs
where the 9 and 10 are needed.


17. Four high cards; ace
king
queen
and jack of mixed suits.
The draw could match any of them for a pair of jacks or better or bring a 10 for a straight.

18. Three-card open straight flush
no high cards.

19. Two-card royal flush
including ace but no 10.

20. Four-card inside straight with three high cards. For example
king-queen-jack-9 of mixed suits; this is the lowest ranking inside straight we draw to. With any others that do not qualify elsewhere on the list
discard all five cards. With jack-10-8-7-3
you’d keep the jack (no. 26 on the list)
but with 10-9-7-6-3
you’d draw five new cards.

21. Three high cards.
22. Three-card double inside straight flush
one high card.

23. Three-card inside straight flush
no high cards.


24. Two high cards.
25. Two-card royal
includes 10 but no ace.
Note that we don’t draw to two-card royals consisting of an ace and a 10. In that case
you would just keep the ace and discard the rest.

26. One high card.
27. Three-card double-inside straight flush
no high cards.


In any hand that does not fit one of the above categories
draw five new cards.
That’s a pretty lengthy list for a beginner
but it can be shortened considerably by taking all those three card straight flushes — open
inside
double inside
with high cards
without high cards — and lumping them together just below four high cards. That’ll cost you a few tenths of a percent
but when you’re comfortable with the rest of the strategy
you can start breaking down the categories for more expert play.
Money Management

Two important points to remember: Don’t overbet your
bankroll

and if a machine is available at which you feel comfortable playing the maximum number of coins
do so. If you are sitting down to play with $20
you don’t belong at a $1 machine that will take up to $5 at a time. It is better to play five quarters at a time than one dollar at a time. Though video poker machines pay back a high percentage of the money put into them
the payouts are volatile. It is not unusual to go five or ten or more consecutive hands with no payout. Don’t play at a level at which you do not have the funds to ride out a streak.
While the saying
“The house always wins
” is true for almost any casino game
video poker is one of the few exceptions. If you have patience and can follow the simple rules in this article
you may come out ahead for once.

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How To Play Pai Gow Poker

The traditional Asian game of Pai Gow is played with tiles that look like dominos. To make it easier to understand an American version was introduced using standard playing cards and the ranking of hands were fashioned after poker hands. Thus the new game of Pai Gow Poker was developed.
Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard 52-card deck and one joker. The joker can be used as an ace or a wild card to complete a straight
a flush or straight flush only. The game is played on a blackjack-size table with up to six players and a banker. The players are playing against the banker. In most cases the casino acts as the banker although players can chose to bank the game if they wish to. This would require having enough money to cover all of the other players bets. The casino collects a five- percent commission on all winning bets.
To start the game
the players make their bets according to the table minimum. The dealer shuffles the cards and deals out seven stacks containing seven cards. This is done no matter how many players there are. The Banker shakes a cup containing three dice to determine who gets the first hand.
The player looks at their seven cards and sets them into a two-card hand and a five-card hand. There is a place marked on the table to place your hands. The two-card hand is placed in front and the five-card hand is placed behind it. If both of your hands beat the Bankers two hands you win. If one of your hands beats the Bankers and one loses it is a push and there are no winners. If either of your hands has the exact same value as the Bankers hand it is a tie
which is called a copy and the Banker wins. If the Bankers two hands beats both of your hands you lose.
When you are setting your hands
your five-card hand must be a higher value than your two-card hand. If you make a mistake and the two-card hand is higher it is a foul and you lose automatically. When the casino acts as the Banker the dealers must set their hands according to certain rules
which is called the House Way. If you are unsure of how to set your and you can ask the dealer to set it the House Way. This will keep you from making a mistake.
Pai Gow is a slower paced game. There are many pushes. The Banker has a slight edge because it wins the copies (Ties).
Pai Gow Strategy:
Back = 5 card hand
Front = 2 card hand

NO PAIR: Use the highest card in the back and second and third highest in front
ONE PAIR: Place pair in back
highest other two cards in front.
TWO PAIR:
Big Pair is Jack thru Ace: Place small pair in front.
Big Pair is 7s thru 10s: Place both pairs in back if you can put Ace in front.
Big Pair is 2s thru 6s: Place both pairs in back if you can put King in front; otherwise split.
THREE PAIR: Place big pair in front.
THREE OF A KIND:
Aces: Place an Ace and next highest card in front.
Kings and Below: Place three of a kind in back; two highest cards in front.
TWO SETS (3 0f a kind): Place pair from higher set in front.
STRAIGHT; FLUSH; STRAIGHT FLUSH:
With No Pair:
Place two highest cards in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With One Pair: Place two highest cards possible (pair or no pair) in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With Two Pair: Use two pair strategy.
With Three of a Kind: Place complete hand in back
pair in front.
FULL HOUSE: Put pair in front and three of a kind in back.
FOUR OF A KIND:
Jacks thru Aces: Always split and put one pair in front and one in back.
7s thru 10s: Place four of a kind in back if you can put Ace or King in front; otherwise split.
6s or Below: Never split as long as you can put a card higher than the 4 of a kind in front.
With a Pair: Play four of a kind in back; pair in front.
With Three of a Kind: Put highest pair in front; full house in back.
FIVE ACES: Place pair of Aces in front.
That is the basic strategy for the game. When if doubt just ask the dealer to set your cards the House Way.

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Blackjack Etiquette and Strategy


There’s more to mastering any game than a fundamental understanding of how to play. You must also know the customs of the game and how to finnesse the rules.
Etiquette
When you sit down at a table
wait for the dealer to finish the hand in progress. Then you may buy chips by placing currency on the layout
pushing it toward the dealer
and saying
“Change
please.”
Do not leave currency in the betting box on the table. In most newer gaming jurisdictions
casinos are not allowed to accept cash bets. However
casinos in some places allow cash bets with the call “Money plays.” Don’t leave the dealer wondering if that $100 bill is a request for change or a bet on the next hand.
Once you make a bet
keep your hands off the chips in the betting box until the hand is over.
If you are betting chips of different denominations
stack them with the smallest denomination on top. If you put a larger denomination on top
the dealer will rearrange them before going on with the hand. It’s one way the casino guards against someone attempting to add a large-denomination chip to their bet after the outcome is known.
In multiple-deck games
give playing decisions with hand signals. In single- or double-deck games dealt facedown
pick up the cards with one hand
scratch the table with the cards for a hit
and slide the cards under your chips to stand. Turn the cards faceup if you bust or if you wish to split pairs or double down. At the conclusion of play
let the dealer turn faceup any cards under your chips.
If you are a novice
you might want to avoid the last seat at the table
the one all the way to the players’ left. This is called “third base
” and the player here is the last to play before the dealer. Although in the long run bad plays will help other players as much as they hurt them
in the short term other players will notice if a mistake by the third baseman costs them money. For example
the dealer shows a 6
the third baseman has 12 and hits a 10 to bust. The dealer turns up a 10 for 16
then draws a 5 for 21
beating all players at the table. The third baseman is likely to take heat from other players for taking the dealer’s bust card instead of standing. If you don’t want the heat
sit elsewhere.
If you wish to use the rest room and return to the same seat
you may ask the dealer to mark your place. A clear plastic disk will be placed in your betting box as a sign that the seat is occupied.
The House Edge
Because the player hands are completed first
the players have the chance to bust before the dealer plays. And the house wins whenever the player busts
regardless of how the dealer’s hand winds up. That is the entire source of the casino’s advantage in blackjack. Because of this one edge
the casino will win more hands than the player
no matter how expert.
The casino gives back some of this advantage by paying 3-2 on blackjack
allowing players to see one of the dealer’s cards
and by allowing the player to double down and split pairs. To take advantage of these options
the player must learn proper strategy.
Basic Strategy
Played well
blackjack becomes a game of skill in a casino full of games of chance. Studies of millions of computer-generated hands have yielded a strategy for when to hit
when to stand
when to double
when to split. This strategy can take the house edge down to about .5 percent in a six-deck game — and lower in games with fewer decks. In a single-deck game in which the dealer stands on all 17s and the player is allowed to double down after splits
a basic strategy player can even gain an edge of .1 percent over the house. Needless to say
such single-deck games are not commonly dealt.
Compare those percentages with players who adopt a never-bust strategy
standing on all hands of 12 or more so that drawing a 10 will not cause them to lose before the dealer’s hand is played
to players who use dealer’s strategy
always hitting 16 or less and standing on 17 or more. These players face a house edge estimated at 5 percent — about 10 times the edge faced by a basic strategy player.
Basic strategy takes advantage of the player’s opportunity to look at one of the dealer’s cards. You’re not just blindly trying to come as close to 21 as possible. By showing you one card
the dealer allows you to make an educated estimate of the eventual outcome and play your cards accordingly.
One simple way to look at it is to play as if the dealer’s facedown card is a 10. Since 10-value cards (10
jack
queen
king) comprise four of the 13 denominations in the deck
that is the single most likely value of any unseen card. Therefore
if you have 16 and the dealer’s up-card is a 7
you are guessing that the most likely dealer total is 17. The dealer would stand on 17 to beat your 16; therefore
you must hit the 16 to have the best chance to win.
On the other hand
if you have 16 and the dealer’s up-card is a 6
your assumption would be that his total is 16
making the dealer more likely than not to bust on the next card. Therefore
you stand on 16 versus 6.
That’s an oversimplification
of course
but very close to the way the percentages work out when the effect of multiple-card draws are taken into account.
The most common decision a player must make is whether to hit or stand on a hard total — a hand in which there is no ace being used as an 11. Basic strategy begins with the proper plays for each hard total faced by the player. You can refer to this simple chart:

If you have: And dealer shows: Do this:
8 and under Always hit
regardless of the dealer’s up-card
9 3
4
5
or 6
Double down
2 or 7 and above Hit
10 2 through 9 Double down
10 or ace Hit
11 2 through 10 Double down
Ace Hit
12 2
3
or 7 and above
Hit
4 through 6 Stand
13 through 16 7 and above Hit
2 through 6 Stand
17 through 21 Always stand
regardless of the dealer’s up-card

Many players seem to hit the wall at 16 and stand regardless of the dealer’s up-card. But that 16 is a loser unless the dealer busts
and the dealer will make 17 or better nearly 80 percent of the time with a 7 or higher showing. The risk of busting by hitting 16 is outweighed by the likelihood you’ll lose if you stand.
Basic strategy for hard totals is straightforward enough
but when it comes to soft totals many players become confused. They seem lost
like the player aboard a riverboat in Joliet
Illinois
who wanted to stand on ace-5 –a soft 16– against a dealer’s 6. The dealer asked if he was sure
and another player piped in
“You can’t HURT that hand
” so the player finally signaled for a hit. He drew a 5 to total 21 and was all grins.
In a facedown game
no friendly advice is available. Once
at a downtown Las Vegas casino
the dealer busted
meaning all players who hadn’t busted won. One player turned up two aces and a three. “Winner five!” the dealer called out. Though it worked out that time
five (or 15) never wins without the dealer busting
and the player could have drawn at least one more card without busting. That’s too big an edge to give away.
Nothing you could draw could hurt a soft 16
or a soft 15
or many other soft totals. Just as with hard totals
guesswork is unnecessary. A basic strategy tells you to what to do with soft hands.
The hand of ace and 6 is the most misplayed hand in blackjack. People who understand that the dealer always stands on 17 and that the player stands on hard 17 and above seem to think 17 is a good hand
but the dealer must bust for 17 to win. If the dealer does not bust
the best 17 can do is tie. By hitting soft 17
you have a chance to improve it by drawing ace
2
3
or 4
or leave it the same with 10-jack-queen-king. That’s eight of 13 cards that either improve the hand or leave it no worse. And even if the draw is 5
6
7
8
or 9
you have another chance to draw if the dealer shows 7 or better
and you’re still in position to win if the dealer busts while showing 2 through 6
and all you’ve given up is a chance to tie a 17. You can refer to this chart for soft-hand strategies:

If you have: And dealer shows: Do this:
Ace
ace
Split the pair of aces
Ace
2 or ace
3
5 or 6 Double down
All other up-cards Hit
Ace
4 or ace
5
4
5
or 6
Double down
All other up-cards Hit
Ace
6
3 through 6 Double down
All other up-cards Hit
Ace
7
3 through 6 Double down
2
7
or 8
Stand
9
10. or ace
Hit
Ace
8 or ace
9
Always stand
regardless of the dealer’s up-card
Ace
10
Blackjack — smile and take that 3-2 payoff

Standing on soft 18 will lose the player money in the long run when the dealer shows 9
10
or ace. When the dealer shows 3 through 6
the chances of the dealer busting are strong enough to make doubling down the best play here.
The final category of hands consists of those in which the first two cards match. Then the player must decide whether or not to split the pair into two hands. You can refer to this chart for pair splitting advice:

If you have: And dealer shows: Do this:
Ace
ace
Always split.
2
2 or 3
3
4
5
6
or 7
Split
All other up-cards Hit
4
4
Never split. An 8 is a much stronger building block to a hand than a 4.
5
5
2 through 9 Never split — double down
10 or ace Never split — hit
6
6
3
4
5
or 6
Split
All other up-cards Hit
7
7
2 through 7 Split
8 through ace Hit
8
8
Always split.
9
9
2 through 6 Split
7 Stand
8 and 9 Split
10 or ace Stand
10
10
Never split. This hand is too strong.

Some Strategy Variations: Double Down After Splits Permitted
Many casinos allow the player to double down after splitting pairs. This is a good rule for players — in fact
any rule that allows a player an option is a good one if the player knows when to take advantage of the option. If you split 8s against a 6
for example
and a 3 is dealt to your first 8
you now are playing this hand as an 11
and it is to your advantage to double down if the house allows it.
If the casino allows doubling after splits
the following strategy variations are necessary:
If you have 2
2; 3
3: Split against 2 through 7 instead of 4 through 7.
If you have 4
4: Split against 5 and 6 instead of just hitting against all.
If you have 6
6: Split against 2 through 6 instead of 3 through 6.
Single-Deck Blackjack
You can find many single-deck games in Nevada
and they pop up occasionally in other parts of the country. You will need a few variations for single-deck blackjack. Basic strategy is much the same as in the multiple-deck game
with a few twists
given below:
If you have 11: Double down against all dealer up cards.
If you have 9: The difference comes when the dealer shows a 2. In multiple-deck you hit; in single-deck
double down.
If you have 8: Double down against 5 and 6.
If you are holding ace
8: As good as that 19 looks
it is to the player’s advantage to double down against a 6. Stand against all else.
If you are holding ace
7: Stand against an ace
unless you are playing in a casino in which the dealer hits soft 17. In that case
hit.
If you are holding ace
6: Double against 2 through 6.
If you are holding ace
3 or ace
2: Double against 4
5
and 6.
If you are holding 2
2: Where doubling after splits is not allowed
split against 3 through 7 in a single-deck game. Otherwise
follow the same strategy as in multiple-deck games.
If you are holding 3
3: If doubling after splits is permitted
split against 2 through 8.
If you are holding 4
4: If doubling after splits is permitted
split against 4 through 6.
If you are holding 6
6: If doubling after splits is permitted
split against 2 through 7; if not
split against 2 through 6.
If you are holding 7
7: If doubling after splits is permitted
split against 2 through 8. Also
stand against a 10 in the single-deck game.
In our final section
you will learn the most advanced strategy for playing blackjack — counting cards.

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