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What Games Do You Suggest I Try After I Have Played My Favorite Game for a While?

Jackpot Capital online casino remains one of the top casinos in many aspects.  Our games are always top notch from the progressive jackpot slots to the casual games headed by Fish Catch and Banana Jones.  We find it very ironic and interesting that although the top categories of games have many followers—here we are talking about the top three of slots, blackjack, and video poker—there is a noticeable drop off in gaming activity for a small group of games that really deserve more attention.

So, in this article we will give deserved attention to Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Three Card Rummy.  Hold on to your hats: we’re in for quite a ride!

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Pai Gow Poker

This game was invented in the 1980’s by a man associated with Las Vegas called Sam Torosian.  He had the insight that many poker players enjoy high-low poker because it gives them the chance to win with “good” cards and with “bad” cards.  High-low poker also increases pot sizes because it attracts bets on both the high side and on the low side.

So, Mr. Torosian looked for another way to give players and extra chance to win.  In effect, he really gave players an extra chance to break even, as we will see.

In Pai Gow Poker, you get seven cards.  You make two hands; one with five cards and one with two cards.  The dealer does the same.  You win if both of your hands beat both of the dealer’s hands and you lose of the dealer’s hands ar better.  If it goes one and one, meaning you have one better hand and the dealer has one better hand, it’s a tie and no one wins.

As you might expect, there are a lot of ties in Pai Gow Poker.  It might be that that is the reason it has never caught on like high-low poker or Texas Hold’em.  But poker players who try Pai Gow Poker as a short term “diversion” often find that they like it most of all!

You only make one bet in Pai Gow Poker.  Then you get seven cards and the dealer gets seven cards as well.  You have to arrange your hands so that you have  a five card hand that outranks your two card hand.  The random number generator then arranges the dealer’s hand and compares them.

The joker can be used in the five card hand to complete a straight or a flush.  Otherwise, the joker is always an ace.

Pai Gow Poker is a game that lets you play poker for a very long time at very low cost since there are a lot of ties.  As practice for the “real” poker games, it gives players the chance to quickly see how cards work together.  The ability to see how cards interact is a major skill that players have to have if they are going to make the best analyses of range in poker games.

So, we recommend Pai Gow Poker as a fun game and as an instructional game as well.

Three Card Rummy

This is a variation of three card poker that Real Time Gaming adapted for Jackpot Capital casino.  In three card rummy, you make an ante bet and an optional side bet.  Then you get three cards and the dealer also gets three cards.  Her cards are face down, of course.

You have to decide whether to fold and lose your ante bet or to raise which means that you add another bet equal to your ante bet.  Then we compare your hand and the dealer’s hand.

Here is the big nuance in Three Card Rummy: the hand that has the fewest points wins!  It’s not as simple as it looks!  Here are the subtle card counting rules:

  • An ace is always worth one point.
  • Picture cards are worth ten points.
  • All other cards acryl their face value.
  • A pair or connected and suited cards are worth 0 points.  This is a very big aspect of the hand count!
  • Three of a kind is also worth 0 points.

The dealer has to have 20 points or less to qualify for the hand.  If the dealer doesn’t qualify, you win the ante bet and the raise bet is a push.  There are two pay scales, one for the regular bet and hand and one for the side bet.

As you can see, it is not so easy to decide whether to raise or to fold.  That is the great attraction of Three Card Rummy.  Even the best poker analysts suggest that the best strategy from the player’s standpoint is to raise with 20 or fewer points and to fold with more than 20 points.

Caribbean Hold’em

Well, Texas Hold’em has certainly taken the world by storm since Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim brought it out of the Texas oil fields and introduced it to Las Vegas poker players in the 1960’s.

Caribbean Hold’em is a fun variation of the Grandpappy of all poker variations!  First you make your ante bet.  Then you get two cards, the dealer gets two cards and the flop comes out immediately.  Now you have to decide to fold or raise.  In this sense, it is similar to Three Card Rummy!

If you fold, you lose the ante.  If you raise, you add a bet equal to the ante.  Then the last two community cards are dealt.  Now we compare your hand with the dealer’s hand.  The dealer needs at least a pair of fours to qualify.  If he does, then the dealer wins both your ante and your raise if his hand beats your hand and you win both bets if your hand is better.

A tie is a push.  If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the raise bet is also a push and you win the ante bet.

You want the dealer to qualify because then your ante bet pays according to a pay table and you might earn a lot of extra money for having a good hand.  If the dealer doesn’t qualify, you win the ante bet at a 1-1 rate!

You can also play for the progressive jackpot as a side bet and you can win part of the progressive jackpot with a good but not sensational hand.

Caribbean Stud Poker

This game is very similar to Caribbean Hold’em except that there are only five cards in all.  You get five cards and the dealer also gets five cards and you can see only one of the dealer’s cards.

You made an ante bet before the deal.  Now you know the final value of your hand and you have to decide whether to fold or to raise.  If you raise, you add another bet equal to your ante bet.

Now the two hands are compared, assuming that you raised.  If you fold, you lose the ante and the side bet if you made one.

The dealer has to have at least a king and queen to qualify.  To make it plain, if the dealer is showing a king or a queen, there is a much bigger chance that she will qualify than if she shows any other card.  But, if she has any pair, including a measly pair of twos, she will qualify.

If the dealer does not qualify you win the ante bet and the raise is a push.  If the dealer wins, you sloe both bets.  If you win and the dealer qualifies, you win both bets.  The best strategy seems to be to raise with any pair and with at least an ace if you don’t have a pair.

Caribbean Stud Poker also has a side progressive jackpot that you can bet on with a small side bet.

The Complexities of Poker

While these games seem so simple at first, they are actually quite complex.  Even the most astute analyst must admit not knowing perfect strategy for the Caribbean games!

For these reasons, we would like to encourage our gamers to sample these exciting games.  Remember, you can do so without giving up your seat!  If you choose to return to your original game after a short test run of any of these four excellent games, you can do so easily and quickly.

And yet, you might find that you really love these games and make them you go-to games at Jackpot Capital casino!

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