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Last Updated: December 8, 2016

6-Card Bonus

Introduction

The 6-Card Bonus is a side bet found in lots of popular games by Scientific Games (formerly known as Bally Gaming and Shuffle Master before that). This side bet seems to be mostly found at casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment only. There have been multiple pay tables used since at least 2009. This page addressed those that I know about.

Available Games



  • Crazy 4 Poker — Based on player's five cards and one dummy card.
  • Let it Ride — Based on the three community cards, player's two hole cards, and a 6th dummy card.
  • Texas Hold 'Em Bonus — Based on the five community cards and a sixth dummy card.
  • Three Card Poker — Based on the dealer's three cards and the player's three cards.
  • Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em — Based on the player's two hold cards and four dummy cards.




I'm not sure if it is worthy to include on the list, but there is a blackjack side bet called the Millionaire Maker. It is based on the dealer's cards with a top pay for a six-card straight flush.

Version 1



Version 1 was the earliest and is based on the best five-card hand that can be made of the six available cards. The following three tables show the available pay tables and the odds for each.

Version 1-A

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 1000 188 0.000009 0.009234
Straight flush 200 1,656 0.000081 0.016268
Four of a kind 100 14,664 0.000720 0.072029
Full house 20 165,984 0.008153 0.163061
Flush 15 205,792 0.010108 0.151626
Straight 10 361,620 0.017763 0.177626
Three of a kind 7 732,160 0.035963 0.251743
Loser -1 18,876,456 0.927202 -0.927202
Total 20,358,520 1.000000 -0.085614


Version 1-B

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 2000 188 0.000009 0.018469
Straight flush 200 1,656 0.000081 0.016268
Four of a kind 50 14,664 0.000720 0.036014
Full house 25 165,984 0.008153 0.203826
Flush 15 205,792 0.010108 0.151626
Straight 10 361,620 0.017763 0.177626
Three of a kind 5 732,160 0.035963 0.179817
Loser -1 18,876,456 0.927202 -0.927202
Total 20,358,520 1.000000 -0.143555


Version 1-C

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 1000 188 0.000009 0.009234
Straight flush 200 1,656 0.000081 0.016268
Four of a kind 50 14,664 0.000720 0.036014
Full house 25 165,984 0.008153 0.203826
Flush 15 205,792 0.010108 0.151626
Straight 10 361,620 0.017763 0.177626
Three of a kind 5 732,160 0.035963 0.179817
Loser -1 18,876,456 0.927202 -0.927202
Total 20,358,520 1.000000 -0.152790


Version 2



Version 2 mostly uses the same pay table as version 1 but adds a $100,000 win for a "6-Card Super Royal," which is a suited 9-A straight flush. The minimum bet is $5. The return table below is based on a $5 bet, which equates to a 20,000 to 1 win for a 6-Card Super Royal.

Version 2

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
6-Card Super Royal 20,000 4 0.000000 0.003930
5-Card Royal Flush 1,000 184 0.000009 0.009038
5-Card Straight Flush 200 1,656 0.000081 0.016268
Four of a Kind 50 14,664 0.000720 0.036014
Full House 20 165,984 0.008153 0.163061
5-Card Flush 15 205,792 0.010108 0.151626
5-Card Straight 10 361,620 0.017763 0.177626
Three of a Kind 5 732,160 0.035963 0.179817
All other -1 18,876,456 0.927202 -0.927202
Total 20,358,520 1.000000 -0.189822


The table above shows a house edge of 18.98%. For money bet over $5, the house edge goes up to 19.38%, because the win for a 6-Card Super Royal is capped at $100,000.

Version 3 — Millionaire Maker



Version 3 is the same as version 2, except pays $1,000,000 for a 6-Card Super Royal in diamonds. As in version 2, it is a flat award and the minimum bet is $5. The odds shown in the return table below are based on the minimum $5 bet.

Version 3 — Millionaire Maker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
6-Card Super Royal in Diamonds 200,000 1 0.00000005 0.009824
6-Card Super Royal 20,000 3 0.00000015 0.002947
5-Card Royal Flush 1,000 184 0.00000904 0.009038
5-Card Straight Flush 200 1,656 0.00008134 0.016268
Four of a Kind 50 14,664 0.00072029 0.036014
Full House 20 165,984 0.00815305 0.163061
5-Card Flush 15 205,792 0.01010840 0.151626
5-Card Straight 10 361,620 0.01776259 0.177626
Three of a Kind 5 732,160 0.03596332 0.179817
All other -1 18,876,456 0.92720178 -0.927202
Total 20,358,520 1.00000000 -0.180981


The table above shows a house edge of 18.10%. For money bet over $5, the house edge goes up to 19.38%, because the wins for a 6-Card Super Royal are capped.

There is not to be confused with the Millionaire Maker side bet in blackjack.



Discussion of the Millionaire Maker blackjack side bet at my forum at Wizard of Vegas.


Written by: Michael Shackleford

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