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Last Updated: May 11, 2012

Fortune 8

Introduction

Fortune 8 is one of about 40 games legal in Macau. As far as I know, nobody there offers the game, but it never hurts to be prepared in case somebody does.

I've analyzed some pretty easy games, but Fortune 8 sets a new record for the simplest casino game I have ever seen. I'll save the details in the rules section.

Rules

  1. One to eight standard 52-card decks can be used.
  2. There are three bets available: Low, High, and Fortune 8.
  3. After wagers are places the dealer will deal a single card to each player.
  4. Low bets shall win if the player's card is 2 to 7. Winnings bets pay 1 to 1.
  5. High bets shall win if the player's card is 9 to ace. Winning bets pay 1 to 1.
  6. Fortune 8 bets win if the player's card is an 8. Winning bets pay 11 to 1.

Odds

The following table shows the possible outcomes of the Low and High bets. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.69%.

Low and High Bets

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1 6 0.461538 0.461538
Lose -1 7 0.538462 -0.538462
Total 13 1.000000 -0.076923

The following next shows the possible outcomes of the Fortune 8 bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.69%.

Fortune 8

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 11 1 0.076923 0.846154
Lose -1 12 0.923077 -0.923077
Total 13 1.000000 -0.076923

Strategy

If you're not a card counter, then it makes no difference what you bet on. The house edge is 7.69% on all three bets. If you are, and the game is dealt from a shoe, then you have gone to card-counter heaven.


Written by: Michael Shackleford

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