18 Feb Mechanics and Strategies of Flop Poker
Flop Poker uses traditional poker rules to make out of a poker game what’s basically a quick-and-easy table game with a pot of money backed by a player to win. As a bonus, if a player hits a good hand the house will chip-in for a big jackpot.
When you know how to play Texas Hold’em, it’s the first three cards that the dealer shows to the players, you know the flop is not a bad thing. Two things that make Texas Hold’em so different from poker games like 7-Card Stud and 5-Card Draw is that each player receives only two cards and then the dealer puts out a total of five community cards, for use by all players.
From National Capable Games, Flop Poker uses a flop as the game’s main portion. The game is popular in Atlantic City, Biloxi and is now being played at a number of Missouri casinos. The game uses a single 52-card deck, with no wild cards or jokers. The dealer controls the cards and all payoffs as a standard house game but players compete against each other to win a player-banked pot of money, a new concept in table games outside the poker room.
Flop Poker Rules Ante wager and Pot wager are made by each player to start. The Ante is any number that suits the limits of the table, while the Pot wager is the minimum table. Every player receives three cards, face down, and after all the cards are out, they will look at them. Note that all players compete for the pot, but the decision to play the Flop wager will depend on what cards other players have, so players may not be allowed to show other players their cards.
The players may either fold their hand and lose their Ante bet after viewing their cards, or raise with a Flop bet equal to their Ante wager. They retain their cards even if they fold and lose their Ante wager, and can still win the pot.
The dealer’s Flop Now brings the flop up: three cards for all players to use. In standard Hold’em however, players must use all three of their own cards with any two of the flop cards. As the game is over, there is no extra wagering.
Any player with an Ante wager and a Flop wager will win according to the pay table, with at least a pair of jacks. A pair of jacks is a house win, or a lower hand.
Ante – Flop Pay Table
Pair of Jacks or Better 1 to 1
Two Pair 2 to 1
Three of a Kind 4 to 1
Straight 11 to 1
Flush 20 to 1
Full House 30 to 1
Four of a Kind 100 to 1
Straight Flush 500 to 1
Royal Flush 1000 to 1
As for the money, well, the player with the best poker hand wins just like in a normal poker game. If two or more players are holding the same hand (such as two players with a straight 6-high), they will split the pot.
For Flop Poker there’s not much strategy. It is great in many ways for people who like poker but who don’t want to spend months learning to improve their game. Since you play against both the house (on your Ante and Flop wagers) and the other players as well, the advantage against you is unpredictable. Less players means you have less chance of winning the pot but when you win, the pot will be bigger. There is clearly no house advantage on the Pot bet, and there is no edge of the match.
Since you have to make at least a pair of jacks to win at the Ante wager, raise with a jack or higher with any three-card deck. Therefore, if you have any pair or three-to – a-flush or straight, you can play the lift wager, too.
Bonus and Progressive Wagers This game is also available with an optional 3-card Bonus wager and a progressive ($1 bet) jackpot at some live casinos. Pay tables differ but are very similar to Three-Card Progressive Poker.