At some casinos, a special feature of the Pair Plus bet is a Mini-Royal bonus with a payoff as high as 50-1 on a suited Ace-King-Queen. Not many properties have adopted this extra payoff, but some casinos are now offering an additional side-bet for a Mini-Royal jackpot.
The new 3-Card Poker Progressive Jackpot is an optional $1 wager made by the player on a light-up button prior to the dealing of each hand. The dealer will verify that all bets are in place, press the game’s “play” button, and each player with a progressive wager has a chance to win a bonus if their three card hand is three-of-a-kind, or a straight flush. The highest payouts are for a Mini-Royal in clubs, diamonds, or hearts, and the jackpot is triggered if the player receives a Mini-Royal in Spades.
3-Card Poker Progressive Jackpot Payoffs
|Mini Royal in Spades||Jackpot Meter|
|Mini Royal in hearts, clubs or diamonds||$500|
|Three of a Kind||$50|
Every player at the table who is playing the progressive feature is included in an Envy Bonus payoff of $25 for any Mini Royal and $100 for a Mini Royal in Spades. As with other bonus and jackpot bets, your $1 will not win very often. In fact, since it only pays on Three-of-a-kind and higher, you can expect to be paid on just .4525 percent of your wagers. To make that more clear, you will only get a payoff on your own Progressive wager every 221 hands. Of the 22,100 hands that can be made with three cards out of a Standard English Deck of 52 cards, 48 are straight flushes, and 52 are three-of-a-kind. That’s 100 payoffs in 22,100 hands. Don’t hold your breath.
The House Edge
As for the house edge, if the jackpot meter starts at $5,000 then the house has an advantage of about 70%. For every $1000 on the meter above $5,000 the player gains 4.5 percent. If the jackpot meter is over $10,000 then the wager is almost even. $11,500 or above and the player has the advantage. Just keep in mind that the Mini-Royal in Spades only hits once in 22,100 hands on average. For those of you who play video poker, that’s about twice as often as a Royal Flush.
For those of you who want to get the math just right, because of the Envy Bonus, each player on the table who is also playing the jackpot bonus helps you by about .79% with two additional players making the Progressive bet, any jackpot over $11,000 is an overlay.
Fortune Pai Gow Progessive
Several variations of Pai Gow Poker are now offered with a progressive jackpot. The most popular game, Fortune Pai Gow, offers 100% of the jackpot meter amount for a 7-card straight flush, with or without the joker. Since Pai Gow is played with 7 cards, and uses a joker, some variations only offer the full jackpot for a natural 7-card straight flush, with no joker used.
Like Progressive 3-Card Poker, to play for the Progressive meter jackpot, the player wagers a single dollar and is rewarded for hands of a full-house or higher:
Fortune Pai Gow Progressive Payoff Table
|Straight Flush||100% of Jackpot meter|
|Five Aces||10% of Jackpot meter|
With seven cards and a joker, there are 154,143,080 possible hands that can be made, 4,708,092 of those hands are winners (about 3%). So, expect to make a lot of bets without seeing too many payoffs. The big jackpot has a .001476 chance of hitting when you bet, with odds against of 676,096 to 1. The house edge with a jackpot meter of $100,000 is about 32%. When the jackpot meter reaches $200,000 then the house edge is only about 9.5% For the player to get an overlay, the meter must be over $243,000.
Caribbean Stud Poker
When Caribbean Stud Poker was first introduced in casinos, many players compared it to video poker. While the house edge is comparable at about 5.23%, the game is stud, and no cards are drawn. It’s simply the players 5 cards against the dealer’s 5 cards.
The attraction for most players is the huge payoff for high hands like a straight flush or a royal flush. To be paid on those high hands, players must make an optional $1 progressive meter wager. The payoffs for the progressive wager vary, but here is an example:
Caribbean Stud Progressive Payoff Table
|Royal flush||100% of Jackpot meter|
|Straight flush||10% of Jackpot meter|
|Four of a kind||$100|
With a five-card stud hand, there are 2,598,960 possible outcomes. Of those hands, 4 are royal flushes, so a royal flush will hit once in every 649,740 hands. For you video poker players, that’s about 15 times harder to hit than on your favorite machines.
The house edge varies according to the progressive meter. Most casinos take a portion of each $1 wager, returning about 70% to the meter. However, the average house edge is closer to 25%. When the progressive meter is over $200,000 then the wager is much more attractive the player. When the jackpot is over $250,000 it is an overlay for the player.