1arrowheaddr
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May 1st, 2013 at 12:00:21 PM permalink
Why do people make side bets on table games? Do gamblers want more action, don't want to be the idiot if the jackpot hits, or some other reason. I would really like to hear from people who make side bets. Although, I am interested in the opinion of all.
sodawater
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May 1st, 2013 at 12:21:31 PM permalink
Most don't want to miss out if they get the qualifying hand.
Ibeatyouraces
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May 1st, 2013 at 12:22:28 PM permalink
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DJTeddyBear
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May 1st, 2013 at 12:41:22 PM permalink
Those who play side bets generally know they are sucker bets, but also say "To hell with the house edge, I want the action."

Personally, I don't play side bets. In fact, I generally don't play table games BECAUSE of the side bets. Or more specifically, because of the envy and angry stares I get when I finally get a hand that would have paid.

For what it's worth, my Poker For Roulette side bet doesn't generate that type of envy. And that's one of the reasons that the only side bet I play is the FireBet. The other reason is that it's a single bet for the duration of the shooter.
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Mosca
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May 1st, 2013 at 12:41:58 PM permalink
I'm assuming you mean "Make side bets with their eyes wide open."

Because we don't gamble all that often, and prefer to pay the price for the thrill of possibly trumping the odds with variance.
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FleaStiff
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May 1st, 2013 at 1:38:07 PM permalink
Because they have wives and girlfriends who encourage it and dealers who either hawk the bets also or atleast remind the player that marital harmony will only cost them one dollar.

Sure some people think its a good deal and some people are mainly interested in the free drink rather than the bet anyway, but what ever the situation, the better player often confuses the return of Blackjack with the return of a slot machine.
soulhunt79
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May 1st, 2013 at 2:11:58 PM permalink
The only side bet I play regularly(more than 1% of the time) is fortune in paigow. I'd say 99% of the time I'll play this if the minimum is $1. I will play at $5 if my regular bet is large enough. The idea is that I don't want 80% of my expected loss to come from teh side bet, but I'm ok with 25% of my expected loss.

BJ side bets I'll never do. I do play the fire bet in craps as well. Again $1 compared to $100+ I'll put at risk on that roll is rather insignificant.



I prefer side bets that win when I normally win at the game. I do lot like BJ bets where my 2 cards + dealer card add up to something. This means I could have a 13 and win my side bet and have an awful hand. I want one goal in a game, not 2 separate goals that are mainly independent.


I know it is terrible odds. I also know the amount of money I put on side bets is trivial compared to my normal bankroll on a Vegas trip. Easily under 1% of my expected losses come from side bets. I'm very confident I spend more on drink tips than side bets.
Paigowdan
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May 1st, 2013 at 2:28:11 PM permalink
This may (and will) sound silly to a lot of people here, but the side bets are exciting and fun.
Considering the larger payouts possible, the extra percentage points in HE are overlooked for the windfall. The side bets can make some players' sessions.

Furthermore, many players would never forgive themselves if the "big one" hit - and they weren't on the bet.

I will say that a lot of side bets get a lot of action by players: The bonus bets and Insurance bet in Pai Gow Poker, Trips bet in Ultimate Texas Hold 'em, and especially the Pair Plus bet in Three Card Poker, among others.
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May 1st, 2013 at 2:30:43 PM permalink
Because it's due. Always listen to your friendly dealer.
Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth. - Mahatma Ghandi
Paigowdan
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May 1st, 2013 at 2:33:11 PM permalink
No.

Because it's fun, and its your option. No bet, be it the main wager or a side bet, is ever "due."

See This story about chasing after something "being due."
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