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Ask Frank: Is This Variation on Four-Card Poker Worth Playing?

29 March 2004

Frank,

One of the Detroit casinos (Motor City) recently opened a four-card poker table. (I'm sure this is much to the chagrin of the Catlin 2001 article on same subject.) The player gets five cards to the dealer's six. Anyhow, the ranking of hands is as follows:

  • four of a kind / straight flush / three of a kind (just as the Catlin statistics predict)
  • three of a kind / flush / straight (mmmmmmmmmm?)
  • two pair / pair

The other beauty to the game is the three of a kind pair plus is replaced by an aces or better bet.

Without any statistics to prove this, I figure the sixth card helps the house make a hand to beat you 70% of the time, so I can't figure out the allure of this game - which doesn't stop the table from having a line of waiting suckers.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

Derrick

Dear Derrick,

I have not played or analyzed this game but it looks to me that the casino has its usual big edge in the game. Most players are poor judges of casino games and you are right. There are suckers in abundance coming to the casinos.

All the best!
Frank

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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!

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