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Cryptologic Triple Action Hold'em Poker

By: Joan Peppin, Sunday July 22nd 2012
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Triple Action Hold’em is an unusual casino poker variant that is offered by the leading software provider Cryptologic at its online casinos. It is unusual because it is played with a 28-card deck. The deck consists only of cards from eights to aces. The lower value cards are removed.

The player has to start by making the mandatory Ante Bet. In addition the player has the option to make a Flop Bet and Bonus Bet. The minimum is $1 and the maximum is $50 for all bets. The cards are dealt as follows. The player and the dealer are dealt two cards each and the three- card flop is also dealt. All cards are dealt face down to start with. Then one of the dealer’s cards and both of the player’s cards are turned over. The player must decide whether to raise or fold. If the player wants to raise then he must make a bet equal to the Ante Bet in the Bet spot. If the player folds, then he will lose his Ante Bet but the Flop Bet and Bonus Bet will stand. The remaining cards are then turned up.

The rules of Cryptologic Triple Action Hold’em Poker are as follows. If the dealer’s five-card poker hand is a pair of nines or greater, then he shall qualify. In the event the dealer does not qualify, then the Ante Bet shall pay even money, and the Raise Bet shall push. If the dealer qualifies, then the player’s hand and the dealer’s hands shall be compared and the higher hand shall win. If the player wins then the Ante Bet and the Raise Bet shall pay even money. If the dealer wins then the Ante Bet and the Raise Bet shall lose. A tie shall result in a push for both bets.

There are three bonus payouts in Cryptologic Triple Action Hold’em Poker. These are paid out according to given payout tables irrespective of who wins in the main game. If the player did not fold then he is eligible for the Ante Bonus on player hand rankings of Full House or higher. The payout table is displayed on the screen. The payouts start with 2 to 1 for Full House and go up to 50 to 1 for Royal Flush. If the player has made the Flop Bet and the Bonus Bet he could be eligible for bonus payouts. The player’s hand ranking has to match with one of the hand rankings from the respective payout tables, both of which are displayed on the screen. The Flop bet pays for some hand rankings. The lowest is even money for Jacks or Better and the highest is 10 to 1 for Straight Flush. For the Bonus Bet the payouts start with even money for Two Pairs and go up to 100 to 1 for Royal Flush.

The strategy for Cryptologic Triple Action Hold’em Poker has been worked out using the probabilities of the outcomes and their payouts. The house edge on the Ante Bet, when taken together with the Ante Bonus, works out to 3.6% This is a lower house edge than for online slots, though higher than that for roulette. Once players have placed the Ante Bet they should not fold, but go ahead with the Raise Bet in all circumstances. The house edges for the independent Flop Bet and Bonus Bet are 2.9% and 5.4% respectively.

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