Seems like there used to be a thread on this, but I could not find it...so... Anyway - thinking about this game (my favorite carny-game ever), a few things occur: 1. The odds of you beating the dealer are exactly the same as the dealer beating you. No house edge there (as there is in blackjack). 2. You do not have to beat any other players at the table. 3. The dealer cannot "fold", but you can. 4. You are allowed two opportunities to raise - the dealer cannot. So - that leaves the "blind" bet as the single 'HA' factor to the game (besides the Trips bet, which is optional). Since you only get paid on the blind bet with a straight or better, but the dealer does not need a straight or better for you to lose the blind bet, this rule provides a significant house edge. I'm sure there's still a house advantage (otherwise, the game wouldn't be offered), but I wonder by how much, given the player advantages inherent in the rules. It would seem to me that everytime you successfully raise 4x or even 2x, you eliminate the house edge on the blind bet for the hands you lose... Now, there are certainly times when you raise & still lose, but those hands you would've raised anyway - so, the loss of the blind on those hands can simply be considered as part of the 'raise' loss. When you do not raise (say, $5 ante, $5 blind, $5 play), you are risking $15 to win $10 (66.6%) because of the blind bet. Huge HA of 33.3%. Obviously, the more you have bet, the smaller percentage this blind bet represents to the house (eg - $5 ante, $5 blind, $20 play). You are risking $30 to win $25, or 83.3%. Much smaller HA at 16.7%...oh, and this assumes you never get a straight or better...which, of course you will from time to time. That leaves the 'trips' bet. I'll admit it - I play this every single time, even knowing that this carries a HUGE HA....somebody can check me on this, but I think the math is something like 1 win out of every 6 hands, or something like that. With most wins being 3 of a kind, paying 3-to-1, the HA on this bet must be nearly 50%. So why do almost all UTH players play the trips bet?