Letting the fun ride

August 27th, 2008

Letting the fun ride
by Jean Real

Have you ever heard of a casino game that lets you take back your bet in the middle of a game? Yes, its bizarre but those are actually the rules for Let It Ride, a popular casino game that has spread through the world and can now be found in more than 200 casinos worldwide. The game was invented by a gaming corporation called Shuffle Master. Let It Ride or Letem Ride is a simple variation of Poker but playing it does not involve the complexity and skill that normal Poker involves.

To play Let It Ride you must know just a few things about Poker. First of all, you need to understand the paytable. Winning hands are paid in the following order:

Royal Flush 250:1
Straight Flush 50:1
Four of a Kind 25:1
Full House 12:1
Flush 10:1
Straight 8:1
Three of a Kind 3:1
Two Pair 2:1
Tens or Better 1:1

Playing the game is very simple. You place 3 different bets on the table and are dealt 3 cards face up and 2 cards face down. The goal of the game is to complete the strongest 5-card (Poker Hand). After getting your three cards face up you can decide to leave or remove the second bet before seeing the fourth card. Same happens when you want to see the fifth card, you may leave your third bet on the table or take it back. Leaving the bets on the table is what they call letting it ride but you should only do this if you have good chances of completing a paying hand.

Here are a few tips to help you get the best results when you play Let It Ride at Superior Casino.

You should leave the second bet if you have on the first 3 cards the following hands:

Pair of 10s or better
Any 3 suited cards in a row
3 cards to a straight flush with one 10 or better card
3 to a Royal Flush

Let the third bet ride if you have with four cards any of the following hands:

Pair of 10s or better
4 to complete a Royal Flush
4 to a regular flush
4 cards to an open-ended straight (i.e. 4,5,6,7 you can either get a 3 or an 8 to complete the straight)
Any four cards over 10

More tips and strategies to come in the future, only at Superior Casino.

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PaiGow Poker Strategy

August 18th, 2008

PaiGow Poker Strategy
By Jean Real

Paigow poker has been one of the most recent games to enter mainstream casinos and since its recent appearance it has become one of the most popular casino games. The game originated in China and was originally played with tiles or dominoes. As the game was introduced in the West, variations started appearing until the Paigow was paired with Poker. Since 1987, when the game was introduced in Las Vegas and subsequently in Atlantic City, Paigow poker has become a standard casino game. Lets look into what it takes to win at Paigow Poker.

For best results you must apply the House Way strategy but there are different interpretations of what this is. Superior Casino offers an efficient House Way option that you may click on when you play Paigow Poker, helping you decide what the best split for your hand is. Here are some additional tips that can help you win.

How to make a good split? If you get the following cards, heres a safe way to get the best results:

No pair: Place the highest card on the bottom hand and the next highest two on the top hand.

One pair: Place the pair on the bottom hand and the next highest two on the top hand.

Two pair:

Low pairs should be split, unless you have a king or better card to put on the top hand.
A low and medium pair should split, unless you have a king or better card to put on the top hand.
Low and high pair should split, unless you have an ace to put on the top hand.
Two medium pair should split, unless you have an ace for the top hand.
Medium and high pair should always be split
High and high pair should be split

Three pair: Place the two highest pairs on the bottom hand.

Three of a kind: Always place the three-of-a-kind on bottom hand unless they are aces. Then split and put an ace on the top hand.

Straights, Flushes and Royal Flush: Keep these on the bottom hand unless you also have two pair, three pair or three of a kind. Then use the two pair, three pair or three of a kind rule.

Full House: Always split, leaving three-of-a-kind at the bottom and pair on top. Exception: having 2s for pair with Ace and King. Keep the Full House and put Ace/King on top hand.

Four of a kind: Keep if 6s or below. 10s through Kings split always unless you have an Ace to put on the top hand. If four Aces, always split.

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Easy playin

August 13th, 2008

Easy playin
by Jean Real

Gambling always involves an element of chance but there are games in which your skill and decision play a role in the outcome of the game. In games like Blackjack, Let It Ride, Roulette and Three Card Poker you can reduce the risk of losing by applying optimal strategies that lower the house edge of the casino. Card-counting, betting structures and the like are some of the strategies you can use to play the skill games that casinos offer. However, there are days in which we want to gamble without having to concentrate ourselves too much. If you�ve had enough of slot machines you can try two table games that require NO SKILL whatsoever to play.

War:

This is perhaps the easiest casino game in the world. All you must do is place a bet and wait for a result that is as random as the flip of a coin. The objective of the game is simple enough, to the get the highest card; Ace being the highest and 2 the lowest. If the same value cards are dealt for both the player and the dealer, then the player has the option of doubling the bet to have another go at the duel. Superior Casino�s War table also has the option of betting for a tie, if there is a tie on the initial draw the tie bet pays 10 to 1.

Baccarat:

No matter what you�ve heard or read, there is no strategy that can help you win at Baccarat. The game is similar to War in the sense that you are betting on who will get the highest ranking cards. The difference however is that Baccarat allows you to bet on the Banker (or dealer) side while on War you always bet for your hand. In Baccarat each card has its face value except Jacks, Queens, Kings and Tens that have a value of zero. The goal of the game is to come closest to the sum of nine with two or three cards. If the sum of two cards goes over 10, then simply deduct ten to arrive at the hand�s value. For example: 8 + 7 = 15, in Baccarat that would be a 5 point value. Two 5�s will have a zero point value. Bets placed on the player�s hand will pay 2:1, while bets on the banker�s hand pay 2:1 minus a 5% commission. Here again you may bet on the tie which will pay you 9:1. It�s completely a matter of chance who will win so your guess is as good as anybody else�s.

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BLACKJACK SCHOOL – 10,10 vs. 5

June 4th, 2008

Charles Jay’s
BLACKJACK SCHOOL
Designed to help you play a better game

WHAT DO YOU DO?
10,10 vs. 5

THE SETUP: You’ve sat down and get yourself involved in a multiple deck game where Doubling-down after split (also known as DDAS) is one of the available options. You’re dealt a pair of cards with ten value (either 10, J, Q or K), and the dealer flips over a five, which is commonly known as a “stiff” card. Your eyes pop out of your head. “Wow,” you say to yourself, “Here’s an opportunity to get a lot of money on the table against this horrible card. How could I possibly pass up on that?” You have a real temptation to put the maximum amount of chips on the table, in an effort to capitalize on the situation. Should you?

So…..

What do you do?

CJ’S WAY: Put your eyes back into your head. This is a scenario where you could very easily shoot yourself in the foot by doing the wrong thing. Do not flip the switch. Do not take more chips out. Do not pass “Go.” Do not try to collect $200. Wait a minute, I’m getting carried away with myself……You get the idea. Stay right where you are.

WHY WE DO IT: If you do what I suggest, and hold back from splitting this hand up, you are going to win about 78% of the time, compared to losing 11% of the time. Your positive expectations go way, way down when you vary from that. Even when the DDAS option is open to you, you will suffer 34% losses when you split these cards up. When you stand with 20 you are going to gain approximately 13%. As you should know by now, we are looking for the highest percentage play for each situation. Therefore, there is no plausible reason to do anything else than that which yields the best value.

Splitting tens against a five can be advantageous if you are counting cards and are in a situation where you can implement that practice. However, if you are a Basic Strategy player, you must operate on the principle that breaking up winning hands is not a winning policy. It will not be often that you find relatively opportunities to win hands. When they are laid out before you, you can’t blow the chance!

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WHY ARE YOU LOSING?

March 5th, 2008

Have you ever wondered why you haven’t been successful in the casino, at least in extending your play long enough to really have a good time?

Well, maybe the answer lies in some of the reasons we’ve detailed below.
Maybe…….

Possible Reason #1 — MAYBE YOU’VE GOT NO GAME PLAN

Of the people who sit down to play any casino table game, some of them obviously are there for sheer entertainment, but most who are hopeful of making money will likely remain just that – hopeful. They really have no idea what they’re there for, or what they’re trying to accomplish. The good players, i.e., the ones who want to be competitive at least – know what
they’re going to do in each and every situation. Even if you don’t consider yourself some kind of “expert,” you still want to be that kind of player in the casino.

The opposite of that is being rather careless. If you’re on a lark, or if you’re drunk and just biding some time, you’re relying on luck and luck alone. You really don’t have any long-run chance, and we’ve got news for you – you indeed very little chance in the short-run either. That’s okay with some people, because they just want to have a few laughs and an hour or
two of light entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with that. Are you one of those people? Well, just don’t punish yourself too much.

Anybody who thinks losing is funny, please raise your hand. No, I didn’t think so. Part of a playing session, whether it’s in the atmosphere of a brick and mortar casino or online, involves determining ahead of time how much you are willing to put into play and more to the point, how much you are willing to lose before coming back another day.

If you’re not of this mindset, try it sometime. Some kind of control on your casino behavior will wind up doing you some good, which will be noticeable in the long run.

Possible reason #2 — MAYBE YOU’RE TOO SMART TO LISTEN

Let’s face it – a lot of the people who travel to a casino locale for an evening or weekend of play, or engage in online casino sessions, have certain discretionary income which allows them to spend the money necessary AND have bankroll with which to gamble. Many of these people have secure jobs, or run their own businesses, which allows them to undertake this recreational activity. In other words, these are reasonably successful people, and in some cases, very, very successful.

At some point though, they become somewhat less than successful when it came to gambling.

Hmmmm.

Whether it be ego-driven or not, they don’t take kindly to someone telling them that they are playing their favorite casino game the wrong way; that there is a better way to go about it. Or they think they know it all already, just like they know their own business backwards and forward (this is much more common than you think, by the way). Because of all this, bad habits are acquired and will never be shaken. It’s happened a million times and will no doubt happen a million more.

Let’s illustrate this. Say you were talking to a boxing trainer. He would tell you that he would much rather have a fighter come in the gym who was an absolute beginner, who he could teach from scratch, than one who has had a little or a lot of experience but had developed bad habits that were going to be problematic to undo. It’s no different than people who, say, have been playing blackjack or craps for years – the wrong way – and are so far gone that it is particularly hard to reverse that pattern of bad play.

Try not to be one of those folks. Even if something doesn’t seem to make “logical” sense to you, follow it if it is mathematically sound. Your “best bet” is to absorb good advice like a sponge.

Possible Reason #3 — MAYBE YOU’RE BREAKING A CARDINAL RULE BY PLAYING OVER YOUR HEAD

Yes, that cardinal rule sounds so simple. Yet one can claim to understand it and still not do it. Gambling is supposed to be an entertainment vehicle. It is not blood and guts, or life and death. The “spirit” of your play is important here, and it’s not healthy to be mean-spirited toward yourself.

Follow something in the way of rudimentary principles of money management. In the long run, “living on the edge” is not something that will give the gambler more satisfaction. In fact, it will not only distract from the enjoyment of the game as you are playing it, it will invariably wind up dictating that you play less and less.

You do not want to play less and less, do you?

What you may want to do is budget a certain amount of money to play with in any individual session. That does not mean that you are taking the entire amount of what you have on deposit with the casino. The deposit (along with projected bonuses you might accumulate) should constitute the “bankroll” and you should divide it up into sub-bankrolls, if you will, to be used in your individual sessions.

Relax. Enjoy. And don’t fall victim to the tension created when you try to get too excessive too fast. That would kind of defeat the purpose of it, don’t you think?

Go get ’em.

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