November 14th, 2010 at 3:22:49 AM
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I'm going to the Casino de Genting in Malaysia in a few days and they have a game called "Three Pictures" that I've never seen before. I am hoping someone has some information about the house edge in this game.

The rules:

single deck

face cards and 10's are worth 0, all other cards equal their face value, A equals 1

10 or 20 is subtracted from point total, ie 19 equals 9 and so on

player and dealer get three cards each dealt face up

best possible hand is any 3 face cards

next best hand is any 2 face cards plus point total of 9

next best is 1 face card plus point total of 9

next best is 0 face cards with point total of 9

next best 2 face cards plus point total of 8

and so on until worst hand is point total of 0 with no face cards

You can bet on your hand winning, pays 1 to 1

bet on tie pays 8 to 1

bet on 3 pictures pays 18 to 1

house collects 5% commission on all wins

any win with point total of 6 pays 1 to 2

Thanks for any help

The rules:

single deck

face cards and 10's are worth 0, all other cards equal their face value, A equals 1

10 or 20 is subtracted from point total, ie 19 equals 9 and so on

player and dealer get three cards each dealt face up

best possible hand is any 3 face cards

next best hand is any 2 face cards plus point total of 9

next best is 1 face card plus point total of 9

next best is 0 face cards with point total of 9

next best 2 face cards plus point total of 8

and so on until worst hand is point total of 0 with no face cards

You can bet on your hand winning, pays 1 to 1

bet on tie pays 8 to 1

bet on 3 pictures pays 18 to 1

house collects 5% commission on all wins

any win with point total of 6 pays 1 to 2

Thanks for any help

November 14th, 2010 at 4:00:25 AM
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Strange that I couldn't find anything on it. Just copies of rules, publicity photos, some models playing it in The Ladies Club ... and a news item of a late-betting cheater sentenced to ten months in jail.

No discussion anywhere of house edge.

I wonder why that is?

Surely its not a good sign.

No discussion anywhere of house edge.

I wonder why that is?

Surely its not a good sign.

November 14th, 2010 at 5:50:40 AM
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It is not clear from your post if a ten counts as a face card. Is 10 - 5 - 4 the same as J - 5 - 4? Or is 10 - 5 - 4 the same as 2 - 3 - 4? My hunch is since it sounds similar to baccarat the 10 will be identical to a face card. The 3 pictures bet is pretty bad. It happens 2.53 times out of a hundred. (assuming a ten is a face, too).

So a fair payout would be something like 39 to 1. That is about a 50% - EV, unless I did something wrong.....

So a fair payout would be something like 39 to 1. That is about a 50% - EV, unless I did something wrong.....

November 14th, 2010 at 6:59:12 AM
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Quote:SOOPOOIt is not clear from your post if a ten counts as a face card. Is 10 - 5 - 4 the same as J - 5 - 4? Or is 10 - 5 - 4 the same as 2 - 3 - 4?

A ten counts as zero only, not as a face card. 10-5-4 would be the same as 2-3-4.

November 14th, 2010 at 9:03:20 AM
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Sounds like you are talking about what I call Three Card Baccarat at my Wizard of Macau site.

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