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Bet on Poker
Bet on Poker is a live-dealer game found at some Internet live dealer studios. It is a cross between Texas Hold 'Em and a horse race. There are six numbered players, and bettors may wager on who will win as well as the poker value of the winning hand. The game allows for in-progress betting as the cards are dealt.
This is a nice, slow, mindless way to gamble. The best part is the game is dealt by lovely live dealers via a webcam who keep the game entertaining and keep it moving.
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- The game is based on standard Texas Hold 'Em rules, which I assume the reader is already familiar with.
- There are six numbered positions the dealer delivers cards to. All six positions play until the end. In other words, there is no folding.
- Before the first card is dealt, the player may bet on the winning position as well as the poker value of the winning hand.
- After this initial round of betting, the dealer will deal each position two cards face up.
- The odds will be recalibrated and the players may bet again.
- After the second round of betting, the dealer will deal the flop.
- Again, the odds are recalibrated and there is another round of betting.
- After the third round of betting, the dealer will deal the turn.
- The odds are recalibrated a final time for the last round of betting.
- The river card is dealt, the winning player(s) and poker value of the winning hand(s) are identified, and winners are paid.
- In the event of two or more winning positions, it is my understanding that both are paid in full.
Winning Position Bets
Using my Texas Hold 'Em Calculator, I next did an analysis of a randomly selected games after the initial cards were dealt and before the flop. Here is an example from Bet Construct.
Winning Hand Bet — Analysis before Flop — Bet Construct
|Player||Cards||Pays||Prob. Win||Prob. Tie||Return|
The returns ranged from 88.32% to 91.92%, with an average of 90.58%.
High Hand Bet
The High Hand bet is actually ten different bets on the poker value of the winning hand. The following table shows the posted odds at the initial state of the game, before any cards are dealt. These pays are the same at all three known brands to offer Bet on Poker. The amounts in the "pays" column are on a "for one" basis. In other words, this is the total amount returned to the winners.
High Hand Bet
|Four of a kind||80|
|Three of a kind||6.8|
I wrote a simulation to determine the probability of the final winning hand given six players. The following table shows those probabilities and the expected return to the player of each bet.
High Hand Bet — Analysis
|Four of a kind||80||0.008874||0.709918|
|Three of a kind||6.8||0.139101||0.945884|
The returns range from a high of 95.03% for a flush to a low of 1.86% for a royal flush. That is not a misprint. In other words, the house edge is 98.14% on a winning hand of a royal.
I had to pause for a moment when I saw that figure and make sure I wasn't dreaming. In my 19 years writing about casino gambling, this sets a new record for the worst bet I have ever seen. The previous record was held by Harrah's Las Vegas for their "Pick-10 Stimulus" ticket, with a house edge of 96.63%.
As mentioned in the rules, the odds are recalibrated as the cards are shown. However, I have noticed the odds never get better than 100 for 1. I did not analyze any mid-state probabilities for the High Hand bet. However, my advice, based on the table above, would be to avoid any long shot bets, especially when the win is capped at 100 to 1.
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Atmosfera is a provider of live dealer games for Internet casinos. They have a Bet on Poker game. In their version, they mix up the number of hands per game. In my experience, I have seen 4, 6, and 9 hands.
Not counting betting on longshots, like a Royal Flush to win the game, the returns are all over the place from 75% to 94%. Much of the time they are close to 88%.
As an example of their stingy odds, before the first card is dealt in a nine-player game, betting on the position to win pays 7.2 for 1 only. That has an expected return of only 80%.