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Table Games 3 card poker, 4 card poker or let it ride?

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by itssusanne, Jan 9, 2015.

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  1. itssusanne

    itssusanne Tourist

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    Hi there - heading back to Vegas soon. I play BJ mostly, but when that isn't going well, I switch to one of these. Which do you prefer, better odds? I dont play enough to have worked this out. Thanks!
     
  2. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose Low-Roller

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    If I had to choose it would be 3 card poker. Unfortunately I can't shed any light on odds. I just play the games I enjoy regardless of the odds.
     
  3. itssusanne

    itssusanne Tourist

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    Thanks - I just kind of move around until Im winning, sometimes it takes a looong time tho
     
  4. Piggylane

    Piggylane Well-Known Member

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    This report has been discussed before: http://gaming.unlv.edu/reports/2013NevadaGamingWin.pdf

    On the strip the actual win from the casinos:

    Three Card Poker: 33.03% (Wizard of odds calculates 5.32% house advantage, not including progressive jackpot bets)
    Let It Ride 23.64% (Wizard of Odds calculates 3.5% House edge but there are variations on side bets up to 35% house edge)
    Other games (maybe Crazy Four?) 24.61% (Wizard of Odd calculates Crazy Four has 3.42% house edge)

    The difference between illusion and reality is huge. I've played all. I've hit quads at Crazy Four of everything except the Aces, which pay 200:1. You can win quick or lose quick. I've hit straight flushes in Three card with four blacks on each circle. Then gone two years without hitting another.

    I think I've played the games enough to see some patterns of losses that may explain the huge casino advantages. I've see people chase losses. They lose a couple hundred, hit the ATM for another $500 and double or triple their bets. They don't understand they are on a losing streak and their bankroll goes bye-bye. Or maybe it's the booze, late night or general loss of inhibition.

    My money tends to last longer with Three Card, go quicker with Let It Ride and I have more fun with Crazy Four but that's me. All of us have different experiences. I hope you have a wonderful and profitable set of sessions and we see pictures of you wheeling barrels of chips up to a cage somewhere!
     
  5. itssusanne

    itssusanne Tourist

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    Me too! Thanks for the explanations. I just keep trying to remember, that if Im on a losing streak, I need a break. Walk around, buy your own drink and think about it. Seems like you lose money when you are just zoning out and chasing, not really paying attention. I go early February, hope to have a successful trip report coming!
     
  6. gradytripp

    gradytripp Low-Roller

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    I think you've got it!

    As to your original question, 3 card was the first table game I ever played, it's ridiculously easy (Q-6-4), and the single biggest "jackpot" I ever had ($300, which is of course nothing) was on that game. So I've got fond memories of it. But I now only let myself lose $100 per trip at this game. That house edge is just relentless, especially if you play at CET properties, which I usually do, and can't keep away from the six card bonus.

    Our go-to "break" game is Let It Ride. The house edge is manageable, when my wife and I play it spreads out the variance a bit, and a full table plays pretty slowly. It's almost as easy as 3 card, and we have a printout of the strategy for that 2% of the time when we aren't sure. Cold streaks happen, of course, but we respect our loss limit and have had some good times at Planet Hollywood, Bally's and Harrah's playing LIR. Then it's back to blackjack and VP.
     
  7. BayouBengal

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    I find let it ride to be a bit swingy but when you hit it usually puts you right back in the game. So you'll need a decent bankroll to whether the negative swing. I plan on trying 3 card for the first time in a few weeks.
     
  8. cjohnson202

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    I'm not a huge let it ride fan. I had some decent luck on Crazy Four in July but in November I barely played as my friends didn't find it interesting and wouldn't sit down with me. We compromised at Three Card Poker where my one friend had amazing luck and was up $4-500 within 5-6 hands. I hit a 6-card full house and walked away up $150 or so. But yeah, Blackjack is my game as well but Crazy Four and Three Card are both a good time when I need a change. I also love either Texas Hold'em Bonus or Ultimate Texas Hold'em, though while they're fun, they usually don't win you much and end up costing you more than the rest it seems
     
  9. Auggie

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    I play 3 Card Poker and Let It Ride, never played 4 card poker...

    If I'm winning I will find just about any game entertaining :)
    But with Let It Ride I find that it can have some big swings, like you can easily go quite a few hands before having a win, and so needs a larger bankroll to play so you can ride out those times when you might go 6-10 hands without a win.
     
  10. ams722

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    Crazy 4 Poker is my favorite. Ignore the stupid Queens Up side bet and your many can last for a long time.
     
  11. MangoPort

    MangoPort Low-Roller

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    The reason I would go with Crazy 4 is
    a) Much larger upside if you get lucky (4 Aces pays 200:1)
    b) It's a little more fun being able to 'raise' when you get a good hand.
     
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    never hurts to go to the website wizardofodds.com to check what the real odds are and playing strategies on all these games
     
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    Of the three you listed, i would go with crazy 4 also! Got a nice payout on a straight flush at Cosmo last year!
     
  14. Rookies11

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    Played Mississippi Stud for the first time at Thanksgiving. What a goofy game and a terrific alternate to BJ, which we play heavily. Where does a Casino ever allow you to ante up 3x your original bet AFTER you have seen an Auto Winner?

    Insane and both times I played, saw a player grab $2k on 4OAK. This on a $5 game!

    Try it.
     
  15. wormhole

    wormhole Low-Roller

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    I have tried this game 2 or 3 times. Never won a hand. Best I could do was a few pushes. Burned through my %100 buy in real quick.
     
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    Fafa2e Low-Roller

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    I like Let-It-Ride and 3-Card Poker. I am also primarily a Blackjack player, but I spread my money around the casino and like playing the Poker Variants. I find Let-It-Ride is almost like a progressive jackpot slot machine where its basically lose-lose-lose-lose-big win. Someone also mentioned Mississippi Stud, which is basically Let-It-Ride in reverse where you add bets instead of pulling back bets. I think Let-It-Ride appeals to the more conservative player, where MIssStud appeals to the more aggressive player. I am planning to try some Ultimate Texas Hold Em on my upcoming trip.
     
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    I used to play 3 card all the time, but I stopped playing pair plus and honesty everytime I play now w/o pair plus I cannot stand the constant nagging by the dealer or other players on not playing it. So if I play now it is 30 mins or so and I leave!

    I like 4 card much better because the option to raise with a good hand, you can make more w/o playing bonus bet
     
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  18. GeorgeJ.

    GeorgeJ. Low-Roller

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    What is a "six card full house" at 3 card? You had an optional bonus bet out and needed the dealer's 3 cards to make a full house with your 3?
     
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