I like five-card draw poker, but have not found a game
here in Reno. Is Texas Hold'em the same game? Catherine B.
Though five-card poker, and several variations of it, is well
established on any video poker machine, you will not find your favorite
kitchen table game of 5-card draw spread in most casinos or poker rooms.
A kissin' southern cousin, is Texas Hold'em, probably the most popular
poker game played in casino poker rooms. It's the game that is used to
determine the world champion at the World Series of Poker.
contrast is that Texas Hold'em is a "community card" game, meaning that
some cards are dealt face-up in the middle of the table and shared by
all the players. Each player has two down cards that are the player's
alone; and those are combined with the five community cards to make the
best possible five-card hand. The best five-card poker hand-a canny
combination of the player's two private cards and the five communal
cards-is the winner.
If you want to give Hold'em a try,
Catherine, I had better mention the "skill" factor. Though Texas Hold'em
is deceptively simple to learn, playing the game at a proficient level
does take some expertise. If you are innocent of such wayward skills,
you can start your training head-to-head against a cyber video opponent
who does not blow smoke in your face or tell off-color jokes. Then when
you are good enough, go beat up on the smoke-'n-joke set.
In sports wagering, when is the best time to buy a half
point? Jerome B.
Depends; read on, friend. Many sportsbooks allow the speculator the
option of moving the point spread 1/2 point to his advantage on all
straight bets. The extra outlay for this half-point move is a buck; you
play $12 to win $10, instead of the typical $11.
As to the most
favorable time to buy a half point, those who dabble in purchasing "the
hook" do so when one team is favored by 7, 6.5, 3, or 2.5 points. Their
reasoning is that many games end in a 3 or 7 point difference, so the
extra half-point could turn a loss into a push or a push into a win.
Best tactic though, Jerome, is to shop for value. If you like Green Bay -7,
you will like it even better if you can find it for -6.5 or even -6. A
one-half-to-one point variance in the line is not uncommon from
Isn't the Come bet on a crap table the exact same wager
as the pass line bet, both in its rules and its house edge? Eugene M.
The Come bet, Eugene, has the same rules and casino house edge as the
Pass Line bet. The contrariety consists in that you can make this wager
only after the point on the pass line has been established.
its mechanics, it's analogous to a Pass Line wager: once your point has
been established, re-rolling the point wins, seven loses, and any other
roll does not affect your pass-line wager.
you place your Come wager, the next sequence of dice rolls will
establish the Come point. You lose if it is craps (2, 3, 12), win if it
is a natural (7, 11), and set the point if any of the remaining numbers
are rolled (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10). Like a Pass Line bet, the point needs to
be repeated before a 7 is rolled to be a winner; if a 7 is rolled first,
Without taking any odds, both the Pass Line and Come
wagers hold a paltry 1.4% casino advantage.
Gambling thought of the week: "If craps didn't already exist,
it's doubtful whether anything this complex would be introduced today."