Last Update: Dec 28, 2009
Triple shot is a new table game I noticed at Harrah's in Las Vegas. It it three games in one. The player may play War, Blackjack, Poker, or any combination of these games. The three bets are independent so the player may bet any amount on each one, subject to table limits. The game is played with a single deck. The player's and dealer's first card determine the outcome of the War bet. Then the player gets another card and plays out his Blackjack hand. Then more cards are dealt to the player to complete a 6-card Poker hand. Finally the dealer plays out is Blackjack hand, settles the Blackjack wagers, and then then pays players according to the value of their 6-card poker hand. Following are the specific rules of each game.
Player and dealer each get one card, high card wins. In the event of a tie the player loses half his bet (no, you can't go to war). The following return table shows the house edge is 2.94%.
The player will get a second card to play out his blackjack hand. According to my latest information (and I need to confirm this) the blackjack rules are:
Before considering the splitting and 6-card Charlie rule, the house edge is 1.57%, assuming double after a split would have been allowed normally. The restriction on splitting adds 0.35%. In a 6-deck game the 6-card Charlie rule is worth 0.16% but in a single-deck game it less valuable, and gives the player only 0.08%. So the overall house edge is 1.84%.
There are two pay tables that I know. The following tables show the probability of each hand and the contribution to the total return. Overall the house edge is 3.20% or 5.78%, according to which pay table is used.
There is also a similar game called Three Way Action.
Reason #4 why the Wizard likes Bovada:
Bovada offers the triple crown of gambling: casino, poker, and sports. Many other casinos have tacked on poker as an afterthought, and many poker rooms have tacked on a casino as an afterthought, and the lack of attention shows, sometimes painfully. And very few of these sites let you make sports wagers.
But Bovada doesn’t just offer all three, they do each one well, and everything’s integrated. It’s easy to play all three off one deposit, off just one account.
Another nice thing about Bovada is that you don’t need a separate account to play casino games with fake money. In fact you do not even need an account for that at all, you can just click over there and play. Finally, Bovada usernames are only six or seven characters long making them possible to remember. By contrast some competitors’ usernames are extremely long and cumbersome.