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Table Games 3 Card Poker’s 6 card bet question

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by sandlapper, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. sandlapper

    sandlapper Tourist

    Nov 3, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I just returned from Las Vegas where I played a bit of 3 Card Poker. At the Mirage and MGM Park, the 6 Card side bet is based on the player’s 3 cards and 3 additional cards, but NOT the dealer’s cards. I cannot figure out why. Why not use the dealer’s 3 cards, as is done elsewhere? What is the advantage (I assume there is one) to the casino?
    Any ideas?
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

    Jan 21, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    No difference in result.

    The only thing I could think of is that if you deal the other 3 cards separate, winning the 6 card bet is less correlated with the dealer winning.
  3. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

    Aug 8, 2012
    Fort Worth
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Just guessing, but it could be that this is a preventative in terms of the dealer forgetting to check, or missing 6-card bonus wins - something that I've seen happen all too often.
    By forcing the dealer to flip those 3 cards over specifically for that bet, it's far-less likely that he'd forget to pay, or miss any winning bonus bets.

    There really can't be any House odds advantage, as this would be no different than another player sitting down.
  4. woodsie

    woodsie High-Roller

    Jan 19, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    When did this change happen? I was just in Vegas a couple months ago and I don't recall any place dealing a separate set of cards for the 6 Card Bonus bet.

    We stayed at the Mirage but I can't remember if we played 3CP there or not.

    I agree no statistical difference in the result but I'm not sure I'd be a fan of it. Seems like it would increase the dealer and player mental workload and slow the game down for no substantial benefit.
  5. rhinoman7

    rhinoman7 Whale-wannabe

    Nov 27, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    For years CET properties had the 6-card Millionaire side bet, which included your cards plus additional cards that were dealt separately (not the dealer's cards). Depending on the game, the number of cards to make up the 6-card hand between your hand and the "special" hand are different. For example, in LIR and 3CP, you have three cards, so there are three cards in the "special" hand. In Mississippi Stud or UTH, you have two cards, so there are four cards in the "special" hand. At no time were the dealers cards a part of this 6-card hand. So, I would assume that any MGM properties that are now doing the 6-card bonus are doing something similar.