seankingfanclub
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February 16th, 2017 at 8:18:01 AM permalink
Been seeing this game called "Two Card Poker" in Florida Poker Rooms.

Played it once and was a fun game, but have no idea what optimal play is and what the house edge looks like.
Maybe it already exists in some other name, but could not find any info on it.

Plays similar to 3 card...
An "Ante" and a "Bet" or "Fold" option, along with an optional Bonus bet.
You receive 4 cards and you make your best two card poker hand and discard two.

However the hand rankings are a little strange...
Something like two suited cards is a flush and two connecting cards is a straight.
So two connecting and same suit cards are a straight flush. However, a pocket pair has a higher rank than two connecting and suited cards. So A-A is the highest possible hand.

Dealer must have at least a flush to qualify. If he does not the ante bet is a push.

On the bonus bet you must win to collect and a tie is a push.
Bonus paytable is as follows...
Red Aces 30-1
Black Aces 20-1
Mixed Aces 10-1
Kings 6-1
Queens 4-1
Jacks 2-1
7's - 10's 1-1

Anyone seen this and have any info on optimal play or house edge?
Paradigm
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February 16th, 2017 at 8:39:35 AM permalink
It's an AGS game: 2 Card Poker

Don't know if it has been written up by Wiz, but it was discussed a bit here: WoV Discussion
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February 16th, 2017 at 8:55:09 AM permalink
Yeah, where I saw it there was no 4 card bonus.

Wonder how terrible the game must be... not good at math, but paytable has to be awful for the 2 card bonus.

Imagine play must be way worse if there is a 4 card bonus though, as I can see a lot of people trying to gamble with their low flushes to hit a 4 card bonus.

Was fun, but need to see some sort of math on it before I play and dump again.
Paradigm
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February 16th, 2017 at 9:16:12 AM permalink
Wiz....time to do a page on this if not done already (I didn't see it doing a search, only Two Card Joker Poker which is a different game). Sightings in Colorado, Florida and I saw it placed at Jackson Rancheria back in May of 2016 (not sure it is still there).
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February 16th, 2017 at 11:20:47 AM permalink
Keep in mind that Florida card rooms are player-banked, not house banked, so that's going to change paytables from what you might otherwise expect. The edge has to include paying both the house and the consortium (authorized player banks). I would suggest you not play in Florida if you like the game.
If the House lost every hand, they wouldn't deal the game.
Paradigm
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February 16th, 2017 at 11:26:52 AM permalink
Good point...I hope Wiz uses the rules and pay tables per the Demo AGS has on their site as I assume this is what is played in a house banked version of the game. As I mentioned in the other thread, they need to change the Four Card Bonus to be based on your hand only...if you play the demo and get 3OAK, you are kind of pissed as you can only play the pair in the main game and your chances of hitting 3OAK with the dealer's cards are substantially reduced...can't imagine how you feel getting 4OAK of 3's and not even hitting the Two Card Bonus pay table :-/.
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February 16th, 2017 at 11:59:19 AM permalink
Quote: Paradigm

Good point...I hope Wiz uses the rules and pay tables per the Demo AGS has on their site as I assume this is what is played in a house banked version of the game. As I mentioned in the other thread, they need to change the Four Card Bonus to be based on your hand only...if you play the demo and get 3OAK, you are kind of pissed as you can only play the pair in the main game and your chances of hitting 3OAK with the dealer's cards are substantially reduced...can't imagine how you feel getting 4OAK of 3's and not even hitting the Two Card Bonus pay table :-/.



I would find that incredibly irritating, to throw away bonus cards in my own hand. I doubt I would play the game for more than 5 minutes in that configuration. Similar to why I quit Caribbean Stud a decade or more ago. I get a pat hand in CS and the dealer doesn't qualify so it doesn't get paid? Not wasting my money.
If the House lost every hand, they wouldn't deal the game.
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June 26th, 2017 at 10:53:37 AM permalink
I saw this game in the Atlantis Casino in Reno,NV last year. Not sure if it is still there or not, but the rules/payouts were similar to the ones already mentioned and they had the four card bonus as well

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