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Poker-Oriented Table Games: Here to Stay and More Are on the Way15 March 2006
Table games are also evolving, although less strikingly. Much of what's new
can best be considered as variations on relatively stable old themes. In these,
the idea is typically to attract casual players with features like big jackpots
or extra bets that spark the pace and excitement of games these folks find too
As an example of the latter, patent number 6,575,464 uses a three-card stud approach with multiple mandatory and optional betting opportunities. These include wagers on whether the player will receive a pair of threes or better, have a higher- or lower-ranked hand than the dealer, tie the dealer, or match a predetermined set of cards posted before the deal. The inventors of this game believe that the chance to bet on a "hot" dealer will be of particular interest to many solid citizens.
Another illustration is afforded by patent number 6,705,613. Here, each player
and the dealer receive five cards; one additional card is exposed and can be
utilized by players and the dealer alike in lieu of a discard from their original
hands. Players must pay the house for the privilege of using the sixth card.
The game has provision for two different wagers. The first is an "ante."
The second is a "common pot" bet, required if the player elects not
to fold but to continue in the round. The ante returns even money if the player's
hand outranks the dealer's; it also pays an escalating bonus to players for
hands from straights to royals. The common pot forms a pool awarded to the player
with the best hand in the round. Eligibility for this payoff is three-of-a-kind
or better, so the money may be held over between rounds and grow in amount.
Will you be seeing these or other new poker-oriented table games at your favorite gambling emporium any time soon? The casinos are being bombarded with proposals and the likelihood is high that at least a few will get to the trial stage.
Anything new you see, nowadays, will probably be easy to learn and fun to play yet have an aura of being "big time." Of course, you can be sure the bosses have done their homework and expect to earn a decent buck on it, through a combination of edge and the rate at which bets are resolved. Or were you mistaking the casinos for great philanthropic trusts, again? Here's how the irrepressible inkster, Sumner A Ingmark, put it:
Ignoring the disparity,
'Tween revenue and charity,
Is logic lacking clarity.
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