Casino Games – Poker Intellectual Component – Part One

According to the historians’ statements and to the archaeologists’ testimonies, games have existed throughout the whole history of human society. Before we start to learn more about poker we would like to formulate the general classification of games and to identify the place of poker within its frames. Mostly classifications are relative but still we need them in order to have the general idea of any phenomenon.

Athletic games, intellectual games and gambling.

Athletic games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of athletic qualities of the competitors.

Intellectual games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of intellectual qualities of the competitors.

The relativity of these definitions is obvious. Athletic games (boxing, football or any other type) surely contain intellectual component. In every type of games we have to think. The majority of famous athletes today prefer to keep their personal athletic diaries where they describe in every detail all of their competition and training matters.

Standing apart from others is the third type of games: gambling and casino games.

The definition of gambling and casino games based on the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved by chance. In such kinds of games the athletic or intellectual or any others qualities of the competitors are not principal. Believe it or not but according to this classification poker belongs to the second category, intellectual games. Let’s turn to the more detailed review of the latter.

Intellectual games. Games with almost perfect information and games with inexact information.

Games with almost perfect information: the idea of the game where all the game information (the position, the players’ actions) is fully open to all participants of the game.

To tell the truth there is restricted information even in that kind of games. That is: every player has its own idea of the game action and these thoughts as a rule are unknown to others. Chess is the most striking example of intellectual games with almost perfect information.

Games with inexact information: the idea of the game, where the part of information is mutually hidden from all its participants. The information type can be different. For example in backgammon the game position and players’ actions are fully open, however, the result of future dice toss is unknown to all of participants. In turn, in poker the scope of hidden information is bigger: the unknown information is not only the future coming out of cards from a pack but also the cards of each participant because they are hidden from the rest participants of the game.

We have made this preliminary analysis in order to draw the readers’ attention to the comparison of two types of intellectual games. As an example for a game with almost perfect information we will examine chess, as this game is probably well-known to our readers. As an example of games with inexact information we will study poker.

We have found out that in both the games the final result is achieved by intellectual qualities. But the intellectual effort is just a verbal definition. What does it stand for?

High Five Poker: The Casino Table Game Where the Joker Is Wild

High Five Poker is a casino table game originally developed and marketed by SHFL entertainment. The objective is to have a better five card poker hand than the dealer. If you ever played Pai Gow Poker you’ll find some similarities in that it uses a 53-card deck, where the 53rd card is a Joker. This lone semi-wild card can be used to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush, or Royal Flush; otherwise it can be used as an Ace.

High Five Poker tables are currently at The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, which also offers a progressive version.

How High Five Poker is Played

The table has seats for up to six players. Players must first make an Ante wager. The dealer will then deal seven cards face down in a clockwise manner to each player, and seven to him or herself. Each player then examines his or her cards and makes one of the following decisions:

– Fold, forfeiting the Ante bet.

– Discard two cards while keeping the best five card poker hand and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.

The dealer then reveals the house cards to make the best five card poker hand. The dealer qualifies if he or she has at least a pair of sixes or against a player who has a straight.

For example, if the dealer has a pair of deuces and player number 1 has a straight, and player number 2 has a pair of three’s, the dealer qualifies against player 1 but not against player number 2. So, what happens to the payouts when the dealer does or does not qualify?

– If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante bet pays even money, and the Play bet pushes.

– If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets lose.

– If the dealer qualifies and is beaten by the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets pay even money.

– If the dealer qualifies and ties the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets push.

The dealer works counter-clockwise when determining the outcome of all of the remaining players’ wagers. The house edge is about 3.6%.

Trips Side Bet

The Trips side Bet pays for a player hand with Three of a Kind or better, regardless if the player wins or loses the hand, according to the following table:

Three of a Kind pays 1/1

Straight pays 2/1

Flush pays 4/1

Full House pays 7/1

Full House (Aces Full) 20/1

Four of a Kind pays 40/1

Straight Flush pays 50/1

Royal Flush pays 100/1

Five Aces (Four Aces w/Joker) 200/1

Pay tables may vary slightly between jurisdictions.

Strategy

The strategy for this game is quite basic in that the dealer does not qualify if he or she has less than a pair of sixes, then you should fold with less than a pair of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.

The game is relatively simple to play.

Good Luck!

Playing Video Poker Games Online

Video poker games came to the market over 30 years ago, and became a gaming industry hit in the 1980-s. Traditional table card games like Baccarat or Blackjack, Craps or various types of Poker played live at land based casinos can be a stressful and nervous experience for some people due to the fact that you play a live game against other people sitting right across you, and looking straight in your eyes. Quite a few people would consider this ordeal intimidating and uncomfortable, while playing the same poker game against a machine would put away these negative moments. Video poker games allow players to use their strategic skills so necessary for laying table games and enjoy a quiet, undisturbed time spent alone in front of the game screen.

Video poker is a machine based on rules of five-card poker. While no game strategy will help you win when playing against a slot machine, and the outcome of the game is completely unpredictable and random, the result of a video poker game can be somewhat affected by a well-thought and well-played strategy.

To play a video poker game you bet a certain number of coins to deal five cards on the game screen. If you activate the maximum bet, it triggers larger payouts on the higher ranked hands. You choose cards to hold, and draw poker cards to replace other cards which have been done with. At the end of the video poker game you get paid according to the payout table for the game.

Payouts percentages vary for different poker games. Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better poker machines are well-known for its relatively high payout percentages, which sometimes reach 100%! When you are skillful enough, you have a good edge against the house. Some online casinos offer very large jackpots.

It is recommended to read game strategies and tips before you start playing a video poker game. With thousands of online casinos on the Internet, it has become much easier for video poker players to find a place to practice their skills. You can do it for free and without the need to download any software into your computer at many online gaming parlors. Some casinos even offer you free bonuses, no deposit required, so you can play video poker games and win real money without risking your own. Online casinos offer exactly the same video poker games as land based casinos.

There are many variations of video poker games. Aces & Faces Video Poker, All American, Deuces & Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, Double Joker, Five Hands and many other kinds of Video poker available online. Some of them offer wild cards, other offer Joker wild cards, some have both kinds.

The software delivers smooth, fast and uninterrupted play, the quality of game graphics is unbelievably high, as well as the sound quality which altogether provide exciting gaming experience for a player.

Master your video poker strategy for free at online casinos. The right strategy, long enough experience and proper skills will help you to increase your winning odds and earnings in a video poker game.