I never bet the progressive dollar bet in Caribbean
Stud, but you said you should "depending on the size of the jackpot." In
all my playing time, I have hit one flush, so the extent of my savings
far outweighs what my losses would be by putting that white chip in the
slot. Of course, if I did hit the progressive with my red light off I
would absolutely have a stroke, and never gamble again.
I know the smaller payoffs I may miss wouldn't bother me very much
(except the 10% of the progressive). When would it be prudent to put
that dollar in the slot? For instance, the jackpot at the Atlantic City
Tropicana is now at close to $200,000. Is that high enough?
way, the dealer at the Tropicana said the progressive tends to hit about
once a year, usually around Xmas. I was there Dec. 8, so maybe it was
just a ruse to get me to bet. Suzanne W.
Poker is in essence a game of five-card stud poker, without the luxury
of a draw. The progressive jackpot's payout for royal and straight
flushes (the jackpot also pays for fours-of-a-kind, full houses and
flushes) is based on the amount indicated on the meter, which can, as
you noted, be as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I stated in a previous column that the dollar offering was worth a buck
only if the jackpot came within a stone's throw of true odds; a variable
factor, I know: How far can you heave a rock?
Personally, I have never made the wager, as the highest jackpot on any
slot game I have played was around $155,000.
That said, Suzanne,
let's do the arithmetic. There are 2,598,560 possible five-card
combinations in a standard 52-card deck. With four ways to make a royal
flush, the true odds of hitting a natural royal are 649,760 to one. So,
Suzanne, is a jackpot of $200,000-with odds of hitting it close to
650,000 to one-worth a measly buck? The answer seems to me a real
no-brainer, but there plenty of wishful gamesters among us who don't
mind making a dollar donation to the casino every 45 seconds, always
looking for that green Christmas . . . two centuries away.
What is the proper way to bet at a poker table in a
casino? Seems the casino has different rules than us homegrown players.
I was recently scolded by the dealer for throwing chips into the pot.
Before I go blaming the dealer for this incident, I thought I would seek
your advice. Stan F.
Often seen depicted in the movies, it's called "splashing the pot,"
One-eyed Pete kills a gulletful of Southern Comfort before seeing and
raising Cactus Jack, doing so with a derisive toss of chips directly
into the pot. Neat scene from the "talkies" and a possible friendly
flourish on your kitchen table, but in a real casino room in the real
world that gets a practiced reprimand from the dealer.
of movie-mimicry can oblige the dealer to pause play and count down the
pot. That buzzing noise is the brouhaha stirred up in fellow players.
Proper etiquette, Stan, when you bet in a card room, is as follows.
Simply place your chips directly in front of you. It is the dealer's job
is to make sure that you have put up the proper amount, and to sweep
your bet into the pot.
Gambling quote of the week: "When a guy finally gets his
rushes in gambling, nothing can stop him for a while." Damon