Let's say I am dealt four cards to a royal in video poker. I discard
one and hope for the card that will give me a royal flush. My
question is: is the card already behind the card I just discarded,
or dealt from the top of a deck? Dylan F.
OK, we've said it. Jurisdictional
gaming regulations do vary, from place to place, but most poker
machines operate on a "serial" and not a "parallel"
basis. "Huh?" Dylan says aloud, while thinking "Whaaa"?
On the serial basis, cards are shuffled and dealt off the top
of the virtual deck — just one after another as they come off the
top. An example of the parallel basis, on the other hand, is where
five cards are dealt face up, and five additional cards are then
dealt unseen underneath the initial, face-up five — parallel to
them, get it?
So, Dylan, if it's serial, which it probably is, that next card
is determined at the time of player interaction with (draw from)
the top of a virtual deck, and not at the time of the deal and
card placement behind your five initial cards.
But either way you get those cards, Dylan, by gaming regulations
in all legit casinos, they will be randomly drawn.
Does the term "let it ride" mean "same bet"
or "parlay? Phil
Generally speaking, Phil, "letting
it ride" is betting your original wager plus any winnings,
making it more akin to parlaying than playing the same bet. But,
letting a wager ride in certain gaming situations, for instance
in craps, can also mean taking down some of your winnings.
For example: You place a bet on the six or eight-which pays off
at 7 to 6 — so you're paid $7 for every $6 you wagered. If the
six hits, you'd be sitting on $13 (your original bet plus winnings),
so, if you were then to instruct the dealer to let it ride, she'd
toss you back $1 and keep $12 (increments of $6) on the six.
Who came up with the idea of the World Series of Poker? Was it
always played at Binion's? Leroy D.
Benny Binion himself came up
with the concept for the World Series of Poker back in the 1950s,
when he played host to a high-stakes poker game between Nicholas
"Nick the Greek" Dandolos, whom many considered the
world's best poker player, and Johnny Moss, a friend of Benny's
It wasn't until 1970 that Binion launched the first World Series
of Poker tournament, with all the hoopla of crowning a "World
Champion." Poker players from around the country descended
like locusts on Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino for a chance
at the title. The tournament's first winner was determined by
popular vote. Later, the tournament developed into its current
format, a "freeze out" event, in which players are systematically
eliminated until one player grins over a pile of all the chips.
The World Series of Poker has been held at Binion's Horseshoe
Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas since its inception,
though this year is still up in the air after federal authorities
shut down the Binion's due to $500,000 in unpaid employee benefits.
Harrah's recently purchased property in Las Vegas, along with
the "Horseshoe" brand name, as well as the rights to
the popular World Series of Poker, so I anticipate, Leroy, the
WSOP will crown its 35th World Champion of Poker.
Gambling quote of the week: "The most common tell is the pulse
of a man's neck. On a lot of people, the pulse in the neck is
visible. If so, a man can't hide it, since nobody can control
their heartbeat in stress situations. When you see a man's neck
just throbbing away, you know he's excited, and usually he's excited
because he is bluffing." —Doyle Brunson, How I Made $1,000,000 Playing