Best Casino Poker Games
Poker has always been one of the most popular games of all times, and one of the fastest growing sports (yes, it is considered a sport, and is actually amongst the toughest mind games there are, such as Chess) of the modern days. However, it is not commonly accepted in every country due to the betting aspect of the game.
In Poker Games like Texas Hold’em or Omaha, the players don’t play against the house. Instead they play for each other’s money, and the house only takes a small part of the total amount being bet on every hand. However, every game in the casino has a house edge. That’s why the casino’s there.
But in live poker you don’t play against the house – you play against the other players. That might make it seem as though there’s no house edge to buck, but there is. The house takes a “rake” from every pot. Depending upon where you’re playing, this rake can be anywhere from $4 to $6. That’s what makes the game worthwhile for the casino.
Given the popularity of Poker in all its variations all around the world, Casinos have invented a game on which they can play as another player, and yet maintain a decent house edge inviting all Poker players to try this relatively new version of the popular game. The gameplay of this variation consists in each player places his ante on a marked spot on the table playing surface (“the layout”) where indicated; all ante wagers must be placed prior to the dealer announcing “No more bets”.
Each player also has the option to participate in the progressive jackpot feature of the game. This is also done before the dealer announces “no more bets”, by dropping a chip in the slot on the table which activates the progressive jackpot light for that seat and that particular hand of play. Each player and the dealer will then receive five cards, face down.
The dealer will turn over one of his cards, then push the cards toward the players, after which the players may look at their cards. They may only look at their own cards, and may not discuss what they have with any other players at the table.
Players have the option to either play or fold. Any player choosing to play places his raise (an additional wager equal to twice the amount of the ante) into the box in front of him marked Bet. Any player who chooses to fold forfeits his ante.
After all the players have made their decisions, the dealer reveals his four hole cards. The dealer only qualifies(plays) if his hand either (1) contains both an ace and a king or (2) forms a pair or any higher-ranked poker hand.
The dealer then compares his five-card hand to those of the other players, individually, starting with the player farthest to his right, and both the ante and the raise bets of all players whose hands beat the dealer’s qualified hand win.
If they do not beat the dealer’s hand, they lose both the ante and the raise wager. If a player ties with the dealer, both ante and raise bets push. If the dealer’s hand does not qualify, the ante bets of players get paid even money while the respective raise bets all push (return to their respective players unpaid).
In Caribbean stud poker, for example, the house edge is 5.22%, which is close to that of double zero roulette at 5.26%.
However the ratio of average money lost to average money wagered in Caribbean stud is only 2.56%. The player only looking at the house edge may be indifferent between roulette and Caribbean stud poker, based only the house edge.
If one wants to compare one game against another I believe it is better to look at the ratio of money lost to money wagered, which would show Caribbean stud poker to be a much better gamble than roulette.