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Come one, come all and play these games
 In the July issue of Jackpot!, we looked at Caribbean Stud Poker, a table game often called a “carnival game” because it reminds us of a game one might find at traveling carnivals or county fairs. And although it, and other similar games, provide carnival fun, they carry a high house edge, which means walking away a winner might be a little more difficult than, say, blackjack.
We also started talking about Let It Ride, another fun and exciting table game that requires no special skill, but lots of luck as the cards are being dealt.
We continue our look at
Let It Ride by recapping
a bit. The object of this
card game is to make a
five-card poker hand that
contains a pair of 10s or
better. Without at least a
pair of 10s, the hand is dead so no point in letting any bet ride.
Players make three bets of equal amounts, after which they are dealt three cards. The dealer gets two cards, which are community cards to be used — hopefully — in the player’s hand. In fact, the only way to get the big hands (straight, four of a kind, etc.) is to use the community cards.
After the deal, players look at their three cards and decide if it is a legitimate poker hand or not. If there are two 10s or face cards or even three of a kind, the hand is a winner — and all three bets can ride. If there is nothing of any value, no high cards or anything that could potentially lead to something, players can call back their first bet.
If the three cards are on their way to becoming a flush or a straight, things get trickier, and a player can then leave up the bet hoping for good cards to come or remove their first bet and cautiously await what happens next.
Once decisions are made based on only each player’s three cards, the dealer will
turn over one of the two
downcards. If that card
adds to the player’s hand,
maybe giving the player
the second 10 they need
or an additional card for a flush, they let their second bet ride; if it is of no help (say a spade when the player is going for a diamond flush), the player can take back their second bet. Know that whatever you do for your first bet has no bearing on the second bet.
At this point, players will have either let both their first and second bets played, have removed both bets, or kept one or the other bet in play. As for the third bet, this one must remain up whether
the hand has potential or not. If playing at a $10 table, players will start with $30 in bets down, but could, in fact, end up wagering only $10.
After those decisions have been made, the dealer turns over their second downcard making each five-card hand complete. Hopefully it added in some way to the player’s hand; at the very least, giving a pair of 10s or better. The payoff is even money. Of course, for better hands, perhaps a straight, a flush or a full house, the payoff increases greatly. And that payoff is paid for each bet remaining on the table — imagine an 11 to 1 payoff on each of three bets.
Let It Ride also has a progressive jackpot that can be won with a $1 bet. This bonus bet could lead to a big win for players, but smart-money strategy says not to make the bet as the house edge is too great. However, everyone knows that you go to the carnival for excitement, so chances are, you’ll make the bonus bet and see what happens.
Three Card Poker is another game with what may at first seem like a confusing table layout. But really, the marked spaces (play,
ante and pair plus) are there to help players out. This poker game, which is two games in one, is rather quick paced as
each player only gets three cards.
The play and ante wagers are placed
when betting your hand will beat the dealer’s hand. With the pair plus wager, the player is hoping his hand will contain a pair or higher to win a special bonus (regardless of what happens with the dealer’s cards). If the hand contains a pair, even money is paid. A flush pays 4 to 1; a straight, 6 to 1; three of a kind, 30 to 1; and a straight flush, 40 to 1.
Players begin by making the ante wager and/or the pair plus wager. The dealer deals everyone three cards face down. After looking at the cards, players who placed an ante bet can decide to continue or fold. If a player folds, they lose only their ante wager. If they continue, they must make a second bet, the play bet, equal in size to the ante.
After all players make their decisions, the dealer turns over his cards to first determine if his hand qualifies. To qualify, the hand must be at least a queen high (or better) poker hand. If the dealer’s hand does not qualify, players win even money on their ante bets and the play wager is a push (no money lost).
Now, if the hand does qualify — it contains a queen or higher — the dealer compares his hand to that of each player’s hand. If a player’s hand outranks the dealer’s, then the ante and play wagers will be paid even money. If the dealer’s hand is better, the player loses both bets. And, of course, a tie pushes.
This is another game where very little decision making is needed and good cards are definitely required. Three Card Poker has a bit of a high house edge, so be careful when playing. The important thing, though, is to have fun and never bet more than you can afford to leave behind.
 Art of Winning
By Arthur Gold
     8 JACKPOT! MAGAZINE • August 2021
Let It Ride
Caribbean Stud
Three Card Poker

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