Last Updated: March 22, 2002

# Bet the Deck

## Introduction

Bet the Deck is a table game I found at the Golden Nugget in April, 2005. It is a simple poker variation in which the player bets on the outcome of a 5-card stud hand. The poker hand is composed of four community cards and a fifth card(s) of the player's chosing. Following is a scan of the rule card.

## Analysis

Following are the available bets.

• Eight or Lower

The Eight or Lower bet wins if all four community cards are all eight or lower. Aces count as low. A winning bet pays 6 to 1. The probability of winning is 13.28% and the house edge is 7.02%.

• All Red

The All Red bet wins if all four community cards are all red. A winning bet pays 16 to 1. The probability of winning is 5.52% and the house edge is 6.12%.

• All Black

The All Black bet wins if all four community cards are all black. A winning bet pays 16 to 1. The probability of winning is 5.52% and the house edge is 6.12%.

• Ace, 2, King

These are three of the ranks available for the card bet. The player chooses one or more of these and is paid according to the poker value of the chosen card and the four community cards. The following table shows what each hand pays, the number of combinations, probability, and return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 9.33%.

### Ace, 2, King Bets in Bet the Deck

Poker Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Five of a kind 250 to 1 1 0.000004 0.000923
Straight flush 125 to 1 8 0.00003 0.003694
Four of a kind 50 to 1 204 0.000754 0.037677
Full house 20 to 1 624 0.002305 0.046098
Straight 15 to 1 504 0.001862 0.027925
Flush 7 to 1 2852 0.010535 0.073743
Three of a kind 3 to 1 8448 0.031205 0.093615
Two pair 2 to 1 15048 0.055584 0.111168
Pair hold card 1 to 1 55440 0.204783 0.204783
Other Loss 187596 0.692939 -0.692939
Total   270725 1 -0.093312

• 3, Queen

These are two of the ranks available for the card bet. The player chooses one or more of these and is paid according to the poker value of the chosen card and the four community cards. The following table shows what each hand pays, the number of combinations, probability, and return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.67%.

### 3, Queen Bets in Bet the Deck

Poker Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Five of a kind 250 to 1 1 0.000004 0.000923
Straight flush 125 to 1 12 0.000044 0.005541
Four of a kind 50 to 1 204 0.000754 0.037677
Full house 20 to 1 624 0.002305 0.046098
Straight 15 to 1 756 0.002793 0.041888
Flush 7 to 1 2848 0.01052 0.073639
Three of a kind 3 to 1 8448 0.031205 0.093615
Two pair 2 to 1 15048 0.055584 0.111168
Pair hold card 1 to 1 55440 0.204783 0.204783
Other Loss 187344 0.692008 -0.692008
Total   270725 1 -0.076676

• 4, Jack

These are two of the ranks available for the card bet. The player chooses one or more of these and is paid according to the poker value of the chosen card and the four community cards. The following table shows what each hand pays, the number of combinations, probability, and return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 6.00%.

### 4, Jack Bets in Bet the Deck

Poker Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Five of a kind 250 to 1 1 0.000004 0.000923
Straight flush 125 to 1 16 0.000059 0.007388
Four of a kind 50 to 1 204 0.000754 0.037677
Full house 20 to 1 624 0.002305 0.046098
Straight 15 to 1 1008 0.003723 0.05585
Flush 7 to 1 2844 0.010505 0.073536
Three of a kind 3 to 1 8448 0.031205 0.093615
Two pair 2 to 1 15048 0.055584 0.111168
Pair hold card 1 to 1 55440 0.204783 0.204783
Other Loss 187092 0.691078 -0.691078
Total   270725 1 -0.060039

• 5 to 10

These are six of the ranks available for the card bet. The player chooses one or more of these and is paid according to the poker value of the chosen card and the four community cards. The following table shows what each hand pays, the number of combinations, probability, and return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 4.34%.

### 5 to 10 Bets in Bet the Deck

Poker Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Five of a kind 250 to 1 1 0.000004 0.000923
Straight flush 125 to 1 20 0.000074 0.009234
Four of a kind 50 to 1 204 0.000754 0.037677
Full house 20 to 1 624 0.002305 0.046098
Straight 15 to 1 1260 0.004654 0.069813
Flush 7 to 1 2840 0.01049 0.073432
Three of a kind 3 to 1 8448 0.031205 0.093615
Two pair 2 to 1 15048 0.055584 0.111168
Pair hold card 1 to 1 55440 0.204783 0.204783
Other Loss 186840 0.690147 -0.690147
Total   270725 1 -0.043402

• Joker Bet

The Joker Bet is similar to the Card Bets, except the fifth card is a totally wild joker. The following table shows what each hand pays, the number of combinations, probability, and return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 4.89%.

### Joker Bet in Bet the Deck

Poker Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Five of a kind 50 to 1 13 0.000048 0.002401
Straight flush 30 to 1 164 0.000606 0.018173
Four of a kind 6 to 1 2496 0.00922 0.055318
Full house 6 to 1 2808 0.010372 0.062233
Straight 2 to 1 10332 0.038164 0.076328
Flush 6 to 1 2696 0.009958 0.059751
Three of a kind 1 to 1 82368 0.30425 0.30425
All other Loss 169848 0.627382 -0.627382
Total   270725 1 -0.048928

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