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Hand Ranks for Pokers & Hold’em

We often see a lot of Pokers or Hold’em games through casino (whether it’s landed or online), games, movies or even at your friend’s house. It is one of the most popular card games in the world. The rules are simple, get the best rank or combination of 5 cards. But not everyone knows how many ranks there are and which is higher. Now let’s have a look on the combination of cards below from the highest to lowers ranks order.


Top 10 Worst Starting Hands in Texas Hold’em

Sure, you know that a pair of aces are the best hand in Texas Hold’em, but do you know the worst starting hands? Knowing that these hands are almost-always-fold’em hands in hold’em is just as important to improving your poker game and not playing like a donkey.


Some of these “worst hands” are bad in the same way and will lose at about the same rate, so I’ve called them ties, even when one is a slightly better hand.

1. 2-7

7-2 off suit is considered the worst hand in Texas Hold’em. They are the lowest two cards you can have that cannot make a straight (there’s 4 cards between 2 and 7). Even if they are suited, they will make you a very low flush, and if either pairs, it’s an awfully low hand.

Because it is the worst, some players will play it for fun and in online games, it is known as “the hammer.”

2. 2-8

This is the same basic problem as above, only you’ve got an 8 instead of a 7. Still pretty bad for a high card. Suited or not, this is a fold’em hold’em hand.

3. Tie: 3-8 & 3-7

The 3 makes this hand able to beat the two above it, but with the 3-8 you still can’t make a straight and the 3-7 still, well, just sucks.

4. 2-6

While if the board gives you a miracle flop of 3-4-5, you will have a straight, someone with a 6-7 will have a higher straight. If you get a flush, someone will probably have a higher flush. Against even 4 players, this hand will lose about 90% of the time. Not good odds.

5. Tie: 2-9, 3-9, & 4-9

The only thing these three hands have going for them over the hands above is the 9. If the 9 pairs, you’ll have a middle pair that could still be beat by anyone holding pocket 10s, jacks, queens, kings, or aces, yet you might be fooled by a board filled with low cards into thinking you have the best hand and losing a lot of money. No straights can fill the gap between these cards, either. Beware.

6. 2-10

This hand has a legendary quality because Doyle Brunson captured two World Series of Poker Bracelets with it. But it’s not a good hand — Doyle Brunson is one of the all-time best in the game and unless you’re a Texas road gambler who’s logged thousands of hours at the table, you shouldn’t try and win with the Doyle Brunson.

7. 5-9

Another hand people play because it’s fun is the old 9 to 5, the “Dolly Parton.” If you’re playing to win, it’s not a good idea to play hands because they have a funny name. That may be how you pick the winning horse in a race, but poker’s a marathon, not a sprint, and over the long term there’s no doubt this hand is a statistical loser.

8. Tie: 4-7, 4-8, 5-8, 3-6…

All these hands will rarely win, especially unsuited. Toss ’em. Just toss’em. Yes, even in the little blind. If you see two low cards in the hole, unless you’re in the big blind and you can see the flop for free, fold.

9. Face card + low card, unsuited

One of the most common mistakes I see beginners make is that when they see any paintin their hand, they play it. J-2, Q-3, K-4 whatever — and most of these hands are losers. They’re junk that may win a few pots, but more often will lose you huge cash when you find the other player has a higher kicker and the winning hand.

10. Ace + low card, unsuited

This is another common beginner mistake, playing any ace. Again, it may win occasionally, and heads-up it’s a fine hand, but at a table of 4 or more, this hand shouldn’t be played if there’s a raise in front of you. You’re going to be outkicked a lot with Ace-little, and it’s going to feel like a kick in the junk when the other player shows their higher ace.

10 Crimes of Blackjack

By Henry Tamburin

Many players make horrible mistakes when they play blackjack. Here’s a list of the 10 worst crimes a player can make.


The crime: Believing blackjack is all luck.

If you think that all you need is a little bit of “luck” to win at blackjack, I strongly suggest that you stop playing the game. Blackjack is not all luck. The reason? The odds of winning are not the same from one hand to the next because the removal of a card from a deck of cards will affect the odds (sometimes in your favor, other times in the dealer’s favor). It’s true that on individual hands, or even a single playing session, luck can influence the outcome, but in the long term, the player’s skill will overtake luck and a player can win more than he loses, or at the minimum, play almost even with the house.


The crime: Not using basic strategy.

In was back in 1956 when a group of scientists changed the game of blackjack forever when they statistically determined the absolute correct way to play every hand. This strategy became known as the basic playing strategy and by using this strategy to play every hand, the house edge can be reduced to a minuscule 0.2 to 0.5% (depends on the rules and number of decks). The bottom line is this: blackjack is not a guessing game. If you hold a 10-5 and the dealer shows an 8 upcard, there is one and only one correct play. It doesn’t matter whether you are playing in a Midwest casino, in Las Vegas, or Atlantic City, or whether you just lost five hands in a row, or just won five hands in a row, or whether you are winning a lot or losing or lot, the correct play for this hand is to hit. To be skillful at blackjack means you almost have to be robotic and make the same correct plays according to the basic playing strategy hand after hand after hand. You don’t hit 10-5 against a dealer 8 sometimes and stand othertimes. You always hit. If you can’t or won’t accept this, then you should hang up your playing cards and play a different game because you will never make it at blackjack.


The crime: Betting on side bets.

Nowadays, casinos have implemented side bets on blackjack tables as a way to increase their revenue because their edge on the game itself is razor thin. These side bets are cheap; usually, it only costs a buck to make them and they come in all different flavors: Pair Square (bet that you will be dealt a pair); Lucky Ladies (bet that you’re initial hand totals 20); Bonus Blackjack (bet that the dealer or player gets a blackjack), and so on. The problem with these side bets is that the house edge is high and although you might get lucky and win a few side bets, in the long run you’ll be donating a lot of money to the casino coffers by making these bets.


The crime: Using a Progressive Betting System.

The majority of blackjack players use some form of progressive betting which means the player sizes his bet based on whether he won or lost the previous hand. The problem with progressive betting systems is that they don’t change the casino’s edge one iota. The odd of winning the next hand in blackjack isn’t dependent on what happened in previous hands (it is influenced by which cards were removed from the deck). So a player who uses a progressive betting system is deluding himself into thinking he has found the way to beat the house.


The crime: Playing with a Continuous Shuffling Machine.

A continuous shuffling machine (CSM) is an automatic shuffler that randomly shuffles the cards after each round. Many casinos are replacing the traditional automatic shuffler with CSMs. The reason is because when a CSM is used, the house edge remains virtually the same from one round to the next. When a casino uses a CSM, they can also get roughly 20% more hands dealt per hour vs. a traditional automatic shuffler. The more hands that a recreational player faces per hour, the greater will be the player’s theoretical loss. So playing on a table that uses a CSM is a no-no. You should always play where the dealer is using either a traditional shuffler (where about 70% of the cards are dealt from the shuffler before all the cards are shuffled), or in a single- and two-deck game where the dealer manually shuffles the cards.


The crime: Playing a single-deck game that pays 6-5 for blackjack

Many casinos have implemented single-deck blackjack games where a player receives only a 6-5 payoff for a blackjack instead of the traditional 3-2 payoff (a 6-5 payoff means on a $10 bet you would get paid $12 for a blackjack instead of $15).These games are really bad news because the 6-5 payoff increases the house edge to roughly 1.4%. It’s a real crime to play any game where the casino pays only 6-5 on blackjacks.


The crime: Not scouting the tables

The playing rules are not necessarily the same from one table to the next or for that matter from one casino to the next. You shouldn’t just jump into a game without first knowing what the rules are and whether there are better rules on other tables. For example, a table where the dealer hits soft 17 is worst for a player than if the dealer stands on soft 17. Blackjack players should know which rules are player-friendly and which favor the house, and then scout the tables to find the best set of player-friendly rules.


The crime: Playing when tired or inebriated

How many times have you seen the bleary-eyed player playing blackjack? Or the player that has consumed one to many alcoholic drinks. If you are tired, you shouldn’t be playing blackjack because you will be making too many playing mistakes. Ditto for consuming many alcoholic drinks while playing. Playing blackjack skillfully requires concentration and anything that disturbs your concentration will result in you losing more money (that’s why drinks are free to players).


The crime: Not paying attention to the cards on the layout

Not too many recreational players pay attention to the cards on the layout. That’s a big mistake. For example, if you have seen a disproportionate number of small cards vs. large cards in the first couple of rounds after a shuffle, now would be a good time to bump up your bet slightly. On the other hand, if you see nothing but aces and faces in the early rounds, you should definitely not increase the size of your bet.


The crime: Not getting rated

You should always get rated when you play blackjack. The reason? This allows you to receive comps from the casino (free meals, free rooms, free shows, etc.). It cost you nothing to get rated. Just sign up for their player’s card and show it to the dealer every time you play. Your level of comps depends upon your level of play. You can always check with a casino host to find out what kind of comps you will be eligible to receive based on your betting level and the amount of time you play. The comps you receive will lower your cost of playing and sometimes they will turn a negative expectation game (where the house has the overall edge) into a positive expectation game (the game with the comps will result in the player having the monetary edge). The point is that you won’t get any comps unless you get rated, so don’t miss this opportunity to get your share of the billions that casinos give away annually to players just for playing.

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A survey which was done by targeting on over 2,000 gamblers on their health on gambling life compare with the rest of the population. The survey found out that British casino game players as a group are no less healthy than the rest of the population, with an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27; the same as the U.K. national average.


How to Play Casino Hold’em

Casino Hold’em is a casino version of currently popular poker game Texas Hold’em. As poker players know, in texas hold´em players play against each other, but in casino hold´em, players play against the house. It is available to play online at casinos at VIP Suite.



The rules are as follows.

  1. Play begins with each player making an Ante wager.
  2. The dealer gives the player and himself two hole cards and three community cards face up on the table.
  3. Each player must decide to either fold or call. If the player folds, then he gives up his cards and his Ante bet. If the player calls, then the Call bet must be equal to two times the Ante bet.
  4. The dealer will then deal two more community cards, for a total of five. The dealer will then turn over his own two cards.
  5. Both hands shall be scored according the highest poker value of the two hole cards and five community cards.
  6. The dealer must have a pair of fours or better to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify then the Ante will pay according to the Ante pay table below and the Call bet will push.
  7. If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, then the player will lose both the Ante and Call.
  8. If the dealer qualifies and the player beats the dealer then the Ante will pay according to the Ante pay table below and the Call bet will pay 1 to 1.
  9. If the dealer qualifies and the player ties the dealer then both Ante and Call bets will push.

Ante Pay Table

Royal Flush 100x
Straight Flush 20x
4 of a Kind 10x
Full House 3x
Flush 2x
Straight or Less 1x


Unfortunately there is noeasy way to quantify optimal strategy for this game. I cansay the optimal strategy player will raise 82% of the time.So only in the worst 18% of hands should the player fold. Ingeneral these are when the player has two singletons in thehole that are low compared to the flop, with little or nochance for a straight or flush.

Side Bets

I am aware of two side bets, known as the AA+ as follows. Both are based on the poker value of the player’s two cards and the three flop cards.

In version 1 a flush or higher pays 25 to 1 and a pair of aces to a straight pays 7 to 1. Following is the return table. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 6.40%.

AA+ Side Bet

Royal Flush 100x
Straight Flush 50x
4 of a Kind 40x
Full House 30x
Flush 20x
Straight or Less 7x

How to Play Dragon Tiger

What is Dragon Tiger??

Dragon Tiger is a gambling type similar to Baccarat, rumored it is found in Cambodia, this game is about as simple as gambling gets. It is basically a two-card version of baccarat. To be more specific, two cards are drawn, one to the Dragon and one to the Tiger. The player bets on which one will be higher. There are also some proposition bets on the individual cards. It can be play in our Emperor Suite



  1. Any number of standard decks can be used. Usually is 8 decks.
  2. Cards are ranked as in poker, except aces are always low.
  3. A single card is given to each of the Dragon and Player hands.
  4. The primary bet is on which hand will get the higher card.
  5. Other proposition bets are available, as explained below.



The Dragon and Tiger bets will win if the chosen hand gets the higher card. Ties lose half. The following return table shows a house edge of 3.73%.

Dragon and Tiger

Win 1 39,936 0.462651 0.462651
Tie -0.5 6,448 0.074699 -0.037349
Loss -1 39,936 0.462651 -0.462651
Total 86,320 1.000000 -0.037349


The Tie bet will win if the Dragon and Tiger cards are equal in rank. Wins pay 8 to 1. The following table shows a house edge of 32.77% (ouch!).


Win 8 6,448 0.074699 0.597590
Loss -1 79,872 0.925301 -0.925301
Total 86,320 1.000000 -0.327711

Hypothetically, here is what the house edge would be on the Tie bet at various pays from 8 to 12 to 1.

Tie House Edge

12 2.89%
11 10.36%
10 17.83%
9 25.30%
8 32.77%

Suited Tie

The Suited Tie bet will win if the Dragon and Tiger cards are equal in both rank and suit. Wins pay 50 to 1. The following table shows a house edge of 13.98%.

Suited Tie

Win 50 1,456 0.016867 0.843373
Loss -1 84,864 0.983133 -0.983133
Total 86,320 1.000000 -0.139759


The player may bet whether a particular card will be over or under seven. If the chosen card is exactly seven, then the wager will lose. Wins pay even money. The following table shows a house edge of 7.69%.


Win 1 192 0.461538 0.461538
Loss -1 224 0.538462 -0.538462
Total 416 1.000000 -0.076923


The player may bet on the suit of a particular card. Wins pay 3 to 1. However, if the chosen card is exactly seven, then the wager will automatically lose. The following table shows a house edge of 7.69%.


Win 3 96 0.230769 0.692308
Loss -1 320 0.769231 -0.769231
Total 416 1.000000 -0.076923


For the non-counter who must play, I would stick to the Dragon and Tiger bets since they offer the lowest house edge. Please note the odds are a lot better in baccarat. The counter will have no trouble noticing that the big, small, and suit bets would be highly countable.

How to Win in Sic Bo

There are many guides and strategies out there which you can learn in order to increase the chances to win in playing Sic Bo, here we compile a few strategies we recommend you can try on.



Designed for patient gamblers to use the bets with the smallest edge. The best edge in Sic Bo is found with the Small, Big and Combination bets.

Small and Big

The Small and Big bets are the closest to Evens chances in Sic Bo (like Red /Black in Roulette) which makes them perfect for using a progressive gambling system.

The system to use against Live Dealer Sic Bo is the 1-3-2-4 system. In the 1-3-2-4 gambling system, the sequence of winning bets is simply:

1, 3, 2, 4.

(The numbers represent betting units, so if you’re betting in units of 10, the sequence is 10, 30, 20, 40. If you’re betting in units of 100, the sequence is 100, 300, 200, 400 etc)

If your bets keep winning, you progress through this sequence. If you win all four bets, you start again. If you lose any bet, you return to the start.

The 1-3-2-4 wins big when all four bets come up, but as long as the first two bets win, you still win, even if the third bet loses.

If your first bet loses, you will have lost 1 unit.
If the second loses, will have lost 2 units (bet 4, won 2)
If the third bet loses, you will make a profit of 2 units.
If the third and fourth win, your total profit is 10 units.
But even if the fourth bet loses, you still have a profit of 2 units.

The 1-3-2-4 system on Small or Big gives steady, patient gamblers a real chance of winning at Sic Bo. And because Big and Small allow the largest bets on the Sic Bo table, the winnings can be considerable.


The Combination bet (any two specific numbers) also has a low house edge.

The odds against a Combination bet winning are 6 to 1 and the payout is 5 to 1.

Use 30 betting units to place Combination bets (choose two of your lucky numbers).

Based on chance, you should win 4 times in these 30 bets. If you win 4 times before all 30 bets, stop and take your winnings.


Balanced Sic Bo players should look for bigger wins, but spread the risk by combining bets to cover a number of results. Using Double bets with a bet onTotal, this medium risk Sic Bo strategy gives you FOUR different chances of winning on each spin.

This Sic Bo strategy seeks to make a steady return and is aimed at players who are familiar with the game, but who want a little more excitement than betting just Big / Small.

Choosing your numbers

In Sic Bo, you should choose from your lucky numbers and the odds of any number winning. For this medium-risk strategy, the numbers that give you the best chance are 9 and 12 as they have a payout closest to probability (payouts 6-1, odds against 15-2 ie 7.5-1). Place a bet on your chosen Total, then combine that with 3 Double bets.

To balance your risk, choose Doubles that could win if your chosen Total loses. For example, a Total of 9 won’t win if Double 1 is spun. A Total of 12 won’t win if a Double 6 is spun.

Betting on 9

How to win at Sic Bo
Place 3 units on a Total of 9
and 2 units on Double 1, 5, and 6.

Your total bet is 9 units.

Your return will be:

21 units if 9 wins or

22 units if a Double wins

Betting on 12

How to win at Sic Bo
Place 3 units on a Total of 12
and 2 units on Double 1, 2, and 6.

Your total bet is 9 units.

Your return will be:

21 units if 12 wins or

22 units if a Double wins


The higher risk Sic Bo strategy is aimed at players who want to win big, by winning on more than one bet for the same result.

Using bets on a Total of 8 or 13, Doubles and Combinations, look for ways to win THREE times on the same spin.

A bet on a Total 8 will not win if the dice throw contains Double 4, 5 or 6 as the total would always be higher than 8. But a Total of 8 could contain Double 1, 2, or 3. A Total of 8 could also contain a Combination of 3 and 2.

The High Roller Sic Bo player should bet as follows:

Betting on 8

How to win at Sic Bo
Place 3 units on a Total of 8 and

2 units on Double 1, 2, and 3.

Also place a 2 unit bet on a Combination of 3 and 2, to cover the chance of Double 3 and 2.

How to win at Sic Bo
This is a total bet of 11 units, with a possible return of:

27 units if 8 wins plus

22 units if a double wins plus

12 if the Combination wins.

Betting on 13

How to win at Sic Bo
Place 3 units on a Total of 13 and

2 units on Double 4, 5, and 6.

Also place a 2 unit bet on a Combination of 4 and 5, to cover the chance of Double 4 and 5.

How to win at Sic Bo
This is a total bet of 11 units, with a possible return of:

27 units if 13 wins plus

22 units if a double wins plus

12 if the Combination wins.

Whether you choose to bet on 8 or 13 (use the Table of Good Fortune to help you decide which is more favourable for you, your potential return on the 11 unit bet is 61 units.

This higher-risk Sic Bo strategy is designed for the high-rolling high-stakes players who is looking to risk more in order to win more. High rollers love the excitement that this strategy generates. When multiple bets come in on one spin, you win big!


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How to Play Sic Bo

The Sic Bo board


The Sic Bo board can look complex at first, but once you understand the layout, the game is very simple to play.


Three dice are tossed in a small cage by the dealer, and you bet on the results of the throw.

You have many different betting options eg the total of the three dice, any single number, two specific numbers, or a combination of numbers.

Each bet has a different payout, and you can place as many bets as you like.


Two of the most popular Sic Bo bets are the bets on Small and Big. These bets predict that the total of the three dice will be Small (4 to 10) or Big (11 to 17).

If these bets win, you win 1 unit for every unit staked, so they are evens chance bets, just like Red / Black in Roulette.

Big and Small both lose if the result is a Triple (three dice all showing the same number).


A Double bet is a bet that the same number will show on two of the three dice.

You can bet on any double from 1 to 6 and the payout is 10 to 1, so you win 10 units for every 1 unit you stake.

Unlike the Triple bet (see below), there’s no option to bet on ANY double – you have to bet on a specific double, though you can bet on as many doubles as you like. You can also combine your Double bets with as many other bets as you choose.

If the dice spin results in a Triple, all double bets lose.


A bet on a Triple is a bet that all three dice will show the same number.

You can bet on any specific triple from 1 to 6 and you can also bet that ANY triple will occur. This bet is also known as ‘The House’.

The payout on Any Triple is 30 to 1 so you win 30 units for every 1 unit staked. The payout on a specific triple is 180 to 1, making it the biggest payout on the board.


You can bet on the total number shown by the three dice. Although the total can range from 3 to 18, you can only bet on a Total of 4 to 17, because 3 and 18 are covered under Triple 1 and Triple 6 – see above.

The payout on each total is different, based on probability, and these are clearly displayed on the betting squares.

For example, a total of 4 pays around 60 to 1 (ie win 60 units per 1 unit staked) and a total of 8 or 13 pays out at 8 to 1.

The Total bet is used as part of our Sic Bo strategies.


The Combination bet is a bet that two specific numbers will show on the three dice.

The payout on a Combination bet is 5 to 1 (ie win 5 units for every 1 unit bet, total return of 6 units).

This is the same no matter which combination you bet on.

You can use the Combination bet as part of a Medium Risk Sic Bo strategy.


The Single bet is a bet that a certain number will show on any of the three dice.

The Single bet is different because one bet can win different amounts – the amount you win depends on how many times your chosen number appears.

If your number appears on one dice, you get paid 1 to 1 (1 unit won per unit staked). If it appears on two dice, you get paid 2 to 1 and if it comes in on all three you get paid 3 to 1.

This last payout is very different from a winning Triple bet (see above, which pays 180 to 1. But these different betting options are what make Sic Bo so fascinating!


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