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If you've been to a casino lately, chances are you've seen a new table game pop up, the Texas Hold'em Poker Bonus Game. It's not surprising that casinos are capitalizing on the poker boom in a way that benefits them more than just expanding their poker rooms and garnering them a rake. While the table game is not as good a bet for an experienced poker player as sitting down at a poker table with a bunch of donkeys is, it's actually not that bad a game for a new player to try. Or, if you're like me, an experienced poker player to play when they want a break from plain old Texas Hold'em. If you're curious about it, here's how to play the Texas Hold'em Bonus Table Game.

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February 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(1) D. Levin says:

I know this is an old post, but with Delaware & Pennsylvania now legalizing table games, this game is likely to come to my neighborhood.

I am quite confident that three or more players sharing knowledge of their hole cards — which the casinos I’ve played in don’t seem to mind — can beat the house. This is only for main game play (with its 2% advantage), not the bonus bet which is roughly a 8% house advantage and knowledge of the cards in play is not a factor.

I’ve played this game about half a dozen times now — about 5 hours total — and I’ve won every session just playing a dollar on the bonus bet (so as not to draw attention) and getting casual peaks or open sharing of cards from my neighbors at the table. I can also see how they are playing after the flop if I don’t see their cards and can sort-of guess whether they’ve matched any of the board.

I know my experience is not scientific proof, but with such a small house edge — and three decision opportunities to maximize gains or cut losses — if one knows just four other cards in play, that must improve that decision-making capability to overcome a 2% disadvantage. After all, four other cards represents about 8% of potential cards in play.

I’ve read some discussion boards on this and others agree. I can’t tell if the casinos are happy with the huge, certain bonus bet advantage (which most people overplay) so don’t care that they can be roasted by casually cooperating players, or they just don’t get the numbers.

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