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French Roulette

French Roulette
It is thought that the standard Roulette game started in France back in the 17th century, although at first there was no 0 on the wheel and therefore the casino had no edge.

In our French Roulette article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

French scientist Blaise Pascal is thought to be the pioneer of the modern wheel which finally saw a 0 added in 1842.

For this reason, many consider French Roulette to be the oldest version of the game.

When it spread to the USA, casinos there added a second 0 giving them a better house edge, but French Roulette has always stuck with just the one 0 the same as the European version.

The biggest difference between the French and European versions is that players can make a number of ‘called’ bets in the French version as long as they have enough chips available.

Many players take advantage of the ease of these bets to cover several numbers at a time instead of manually placing chips on individual areas.

Basics of French Roulette and Rules

Before we look at rules specific to French Roulette, let’s take a brief look at the standard rules of Roulette.

As with all other types of Roulette, the aim is to guess the result of a spin of a wheel and which of the 37 numbers will come in.

French Roulette, the same as European Roulette, goes from 1 to 36 with one 0 as well. The 0 is treated differently to the other 36 numbers for all except one type of bet – this is how the casino has their ‘edge’.

French Roulette table

Above you will see the standard layout for a French Roulette wheel and betting area.

You will notice that this aspect is the same as European Roulette, with one 0 and areas to place chips on even money bets such as Red or Black, High or Low and Odd or Even. There are also Column Bets which pay 2 to 1, Single Number bets that pay 35 to 1 and Corner Bets that pay 3 to 1.

You will also see the options in the bottom right for Neighbour Bets and Announce Bets. We will go through these in more detail later on.

When placing your bet/s, the first thing to do is choose the value of each chip. You can change it from one bet to another and each table will have minimum and maximum limits for each type of bet – the smaller the odds, the more you will be able to bet – so when you choose which table to play at, ensure the table limit is suitable for you.

The standard type of bets that can be placed in the French version of Roulette, as well as European and American Roulette, are as follows:

Types of Inside Bets

Straight Up Bets: This is a bet on a specific number to come in such as 4 or 18. There are 37 numbers to choose from in total – including 0 – these pay out 35 to 1.

Split Bets: These are bets placed between 2 adjacent numbers such as 23 and 24 or 14 and 15. The chip needs to be placed between the 2 numbers and pays 17 to 1 if either of those numbers come in.

Street Bet: These are placed at the end of the selected row and pays out 11 to 1 if any of the numbers from that row is a winner. An example would be the row containing 16, 17 and 18. Place a chip half covering the line to the left of the 16 and if any of those 3 numbers win, you get 11 to 1 on your total bet.

Corner/Four Bet: These cover four numbers – as you would expect – and need to be placed in the corner of a number and covering four numbers in total. In the example above, place a chip over the bottom left of the 11 and it would cover 10, 11, 13 and 14. You would win 8 to 1 if any of these numbers come in.

Line Bet: This is a bet on 6 numbers covering 2 rows of 3. The chip/s need to be placed to the left of the row, covering half of the left-hand side number and the number below. For example, in the image above, to place a Line Bet for the first 2 rows – so 1, 2, 3 and 4, 5, 6 places a chip covering half the line to the left of the 1 and half the line to the left of the 4. If any of those 6 numbers come in, you win at odds of 5 to 1.

Column: These are placed at the bottom of one of the 12 columns and pays out 2 to 1 if any of the numbers from that column is a winner. Look at the right column in the image above – numbers 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 and 36 are all present, therefore a bet on this column would pay 2 to 1 if any of those 12 numbers win.

Even Money Bets

These are essentially 50/50 coin flips and will double your money if you win.

You can bet on whether the number will be Red or Black, Odd or Even or High (19 to 36) or Low (1 to 18).

It is worth reiterating at this point that is if a 0 comes in, any Even Money Bets, Column Bets, and Street Bets these will all lose. Line Bets, Corner/Four Bets, Split Bets or Straight Up bets will win if 0 was covered.

Some versions of French Roulette can refund half of the bets on Even Money Bets or leave the bet for the next spin so it is worth checking this before you decide where to play. Details of these can be found below.

French Roulette types of bets

Above you will see an example of all different types of bets and how/where to place them.

French Roulette Specific Bets

The main difference between French Roulette and its European counterpart is the extra bets available to players in the French format.

These have some very French-sounding names as you may expect and each one is completely different.

Voisins du Zero Bet
Translated to English, this translates as “Neighbours of Zero” and therefore is fairly explanatory as to what kind of numbers it covers.

Going from 22 which is 9 to one direction past zero and 25 which is 9 to the other side, this bet is for 9 chips and is a combo of Splits and Corner Bets that cover those numbers.

Voisins du Zero bet

Above you will see an example of the Voisins du Zero bet, note that 2 of the bets are 2 chips, the other 5 single chips giving a total bet of 9 chips.

Le Tiers du Cylindre Bet
The English version on this saying is “Thirds of the Wheel”. It covers 12 numbers opposite the 0, from 27 round to 33. The bet consists of 6 Split Bets covering each of the 12 numbers.

Le Tiers du Cylindre bet

The above is an example of a Le Tiers du Cylindre bet, a Split bet covering all 12 numbers opposite 0 on the wheel.

Orphelins Bet
Translated as ‘Orphans’, this bet is made up of the 8 numbers that are not covered by the 2 bets above.

The total cost is 5 chips made up of 4 Split bets and a single chip covering 1.

Orphelins bet

The number 1 has its own chip as none of the other numbers are connected to it, the other 7 numbers are all covered by at least 1 Split bet – the 17 is covered twice.

Even Money Bets when 0 lands

As we mentioned previously, some versions of French Roulette have different rules for Even Money bets when 0 lands.

En Prison – If this rule is in play, your bets will remain for the following spin when 0 rolls in. This is the best version of French Roulette as far as the player is concerned as you do not lose any of your bet, you simply get another chance to win on the next spin. If 0 comes in again next spin, the chips will remain until a spin where 0 doesn’t occur, at which point it will either be paid as a winner or a loser.

La Partage – If the casino you are playing French Roulette has this rule, if 0 rolls in, you will get half your chips back on any Even Money bets but lose the other half. Although this isn’t as good for the player as the En Prison, it is better than losing all of the stakes.

French Roulette Strategy

Whereas some casino games such as Blackjack have an element of skill to them, Roulette – as with Slots – is quite simply a game of chance, nothing more, nothing less.

Therefore, despite what people may tell you, there is no strategy, which can increase your chances of winning on individual bets. You can try using betting strategies, which may help you improve your chances, where you may do better for your overall playing sessions.

French Roulette Tips

Always ensure you bet within your means and if you start to feel unhappy then walk away. Don’t go chasing any losses as this is a sure-fire way to lose funds that you cannot afford.

There are 3 slightly different bets within French Roulette – Voisins du Zero, Le Tiers du Cylindre, and Orphelins, these offer simple ways to cover a lot of numbers and give yourself a reasonable chance of getting a return, even if it may not always cover your initial stake. Consider these if you want an easy and fun way to play.

The lower odds bet such as Even Money Bets like Red/Black, Odd/Even and High/Low give you the best chance of getting a return so consider playing these which should ensure you have a good amount of play for your money. Wherever possible play at a casino that has the En Prison rule which means you don’t lose on these bets when 0 comes in, you simply have them again next spin.

The next best thing if you cannot find a casino that offers the En Prison rule then it is best to find one that offers the La Partage rule – therefore, you lose only half your stake on Even Money Bets as opposed to all of it.

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Razz Poker

Razz Poker
Razz is much less popular than many poker games found online, but that is not to say that there aren’t players that enjoy it.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

Razz Poker uses the rules of 7 Card Stud in terms of the cards dealt and betting rounds, but the hand that wins is the lowest hand only.

Other types of poker have a low version – think Omaha Hi-Lo, but these normally share the pot between the best High hand and the best Low hand.

Razz Poker doesn’t do this – only the best Low hand wins the entire pot.

Unlike some types of poker, Razz has no cards that are available for all players to use – known as community cards. All cards dealt – with one unlikely exception – are yours and yours only. Some are dealt face up and some face down as with Seven Card Stud.

We will take you through the rules of how the hand rankings work later in this article, first though let’s take a look at how the rounds themselves work.

Razz Poker Rules

Razz Poker uses one standard deck cards. There are no Jokers in this game.

Aces only count as low as the aim is to get the best possible low hand so there is no reason you would use it as high. The standard hand rankings of Straights, Pairs and Flushes aren’t important in Razz as we will explain later.

Razz uses Ante bets as opposed to Blinds as in other forms of poker. These are forced bets that all players in a hand need to pay to continue.

At the start of a hand, the Dealer for that hand is chosen and signified with a disc that is displayed in front of them. Cards are dealt to all players beginning with the player who is on the left of the Dealer. At the end of the hand, this disc moves one position clockwise to ensure it is fair to all players.

All players are now required to pay an Ante bet irrespective of what cards they have. This is to ensure there are funds available to play for. The Ante bet is normally quite small compared to other bets and depends on the stakes on the table you are playing at or the level if you are in a tournament.

Once ante bets have been collected from all players, the first cards are given out. The player on the left-hand side of the Dealer chip receives a card first and every player gets 2 cards which are dealt face down so only they can view it. Each player then receives a third card which is dealt face up and therefore visible to all players.

As in 7 Card Stud, there is a maximum of 8 players involved in a hand, this is different to other forms of poker such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha where there can be up to 10.

The 2 cards dealt face down are called Hole cards and the card you have received face up is the Door card. Together they consist of a starting hand.

An example of how cards will look once they have all been dealt is below, notice that some are face up and others face down.

Razz Poker example hand

The layout is the same for 7 Card Stud, as in the first 2 cards are dealt face down, the next 4 dealt upturned and visible to all players with the final card dealt face down. They are all your own cards as there are no Community Cards in Razz, except in one case which is mentioned later in the article.

Once the first 3 cards have been dealt, 2 face down and one face up, we have a first betting round. There are 5 of these in total. This is 1 more than in versions such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha that have 4 but is the same as 7 Card Stud.

The player who shows the highest Door card is first to act. Please note that this is the only difference between 7 Card Stud where it is the player with the lowest Door card that goes first.

As Razz is aimed only at the best low hand, it is the player with the worst starting hand that acts first.

Should 2 or more players have the same highest value Door card, the suit of the card comes into play. If anyone has the highest value card in Spades, they act first, if not the Heart of that value followed by Diamonds and then Clubs.

This is the only time the suit of the cards matters and the winner is determined by this, and therefore Flushes, are unimportant.

The player with the highest value card has to pay a ‘Bring In’ bet, the value of which is determined by the table limits. Depending on what they have in their Hole cards, they may decide to pay a higher bet, known as the Full bet, which is usually double the Bring In.

Once this bet has been made, play continues in a clockwise direction. Each player now has 3 choices. They can ‘Call’ the existing highest bet which involves matching the largest bet to have been made in the betting round so far; they can ‘Fold’ which is to leave the hand, discard their cards and any chance of winning the hand but not invest more into the pot; or they can ‘Raise’ the bet – make a bet of double the current bet. The bet can only be Raised 3 times per betting round, after which players can only Call or Fold.

Once all players have either made a Call or Fold, the next card – known as Fourth Street – is dealt face up.

The player with the Lowest exposed hand now goes first. This is the player with the lowest value card face up. If there is more than 1 player with the same lowest value card, the other face-up card is then compared, and the player with the lowest value card goes first. If more than one player has the same 2 cards, the suit of the lowest card comes into play again.

Another round of betting then occurs which follows the same pattern as the previous round.

A 5th card – Fifth Street – is then dealt to all players who are still in the hand, face up as before. As before, a betting round commences with the player who has the lowest upturned hand. The main difference in this round compared to previous rounds is that the minimum bet is now the equivalent of the Full Bet or Big Bet.

Once all players have either bet the same amount or folded, the 6th card – Sixth Street – is dealt. Again, this card is visible to all. A betting round identical to the last betting round now takes place.

Once this has been completed, should 2 or more players still be in the hand, the 7th card – known as Seventh Street and the final card – is dealt. This is also known as the River and is dealt downwards and therefore private to each player.

On rare occasions, should 8 players still be involved in the hand, there will be too few cards left in the pack for each player to receive one.

In this case, a single card is placed in the center of the table which acts as a Community Card and is available to all players.

The last round of betting now takes place as per the previous betting round.

Should 2 or more players be involved at the end of the betting round, we head to Showdown which will decide who wins the pot.

At Showdown

If betting took place after the Seventh Street/River, the player who made the last bet shows their cards first. If no betting took place in this round, the player who is on the left of the Dealer reveals their cards first.

Play then continues clockwise around the table, if the following player to act has a better hand, they must show it otherwise they can choose to Muck and admit defeat but not have to show their cards.

The lowest card in a hand determines the winner. Therefore if one hand has an Ace but the others don’t that hand wins irrespective of other cards.

If more than one player has an Ace, or if no one has an Ace but two or more players have an equal lowest card, then we look at the 2nd lowest card in the hand with the lowest card winning.
We continue like this not taking into account pairs until a winner is decided.

For example, if a player has a hand of A, 4, 7, 9, 10 as their best 5 cards, they would beat someone with a hand of A, 5, 6, 7, 10. You would compare the lowest card – so, in this case, an Ace – and as both have it, compare the next lowest, so 4 compared to 5 – the player who has the 4 will win.

Strategy

As with Seven Card Stud, you should be thinking after each card is dealt about the numbers and possibilities of cards that you need coming out of the deck. There is a lot of information on display – much more than in other versions of poker – so this is not always easy, particularly in the early rounds when other players may be folding. Make a note of the cards they have that are visible as once these cards are out of the deck, they won’t be dealt with again during the hand.

The more you can remember about other players cards, especially the lower value ones, the better you will be at working out whether to continue or fold.

As in Texas Hold’em, the later you act in a round the more you will know about other players hands. The main difference in Razz Poker is that the position can change after every new card as it is the lowest visible hand that starts. Having said that, the Bring-In player at the start of a hand would normally be better advised to fold unless they have a good looking hand – anyone with hands higher than 3 8’s should consider folding as they will not stand much chance of winning the pot.

The main part of any hand is the upturned cards, even when your hole cards don’t back this up. For example, if you have 3 low cards visible to other players, you will be in a strong position to win the pot with a big bet even if there are 2 high cards face down. A bluff is easy in this position as other players will know your hand is strong from what they can see, so the pot is there for the taking.

Make sure you are happy with the rules of Razz when it comes to hand rankings as these are completely different from other forms of poker. Flushes, Pairs, and Straights don’t count, and it is only the 5 lowest cards of different values that are important.

The best starting hand in Razz is A23 but any starting hand with unpaired low cards – up to 6 or 7 – is a strong start and worth a Raise. Similarly, though, any hand with mainly picture cards or a pair, whilst good in some forms of poker, is poor in Razz and you should consider Folding. Remember, although you need to choose your best 5 cards from the 7 dealt- if you have a pair you effectively have to choose your lowest 5 from 6 as you are unlikely to win without 5 different value cards.

Razz Poker Tips

Look for weak players. As with any form of poker, there are strong players and weak ones, the rules of Razz means you may well come across players who don’t fully understand the hand rankings. It’s wise to take advantage of this knowledge and try to win the pot against these players. If this type of player is still in the hand when it is your turn to act, consider playing with a lower value hand than you otherwise would.

Don’t slow play when against a larger number of players as this will give your opponents the chance to hit a low card for minimal outlay. When you have a good hand in Razz Poker, get the chips in as soon as you can to maximize your chances of taking down the pot.

If you are playing heads-up and your opponent gets dealt a high card, always bet to make them pay to stay in the hand.

Like any form of poker, Razz should be fun first and foremost. If the fun goes out of the game or you start losing more than you can afford, stop playing and walk away.

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Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker – also known as Casino Stud Poker is based on 5 Card Stud. There are a few differences between the two, the main one of which is that the Caribbean version is played directly against the casino itself instead of other players.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

Although Caribbean Stud Poker is a fairly new game compared to some casino games, the exact origins of the game are unknown. Poker player David Sklansky made a claim that he was the creator, under the name Casino Poker back in 1982. The rules were slightly different, the main one being the dealer showed 2 cards upturned instead of 1. Several years after creation it was introduced at the King Casino in Aruba and a few minor changes were made to the rules as it became the version we see now.

Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

Like most casino table games, you buy in with chips and the first thing you need to do is to decide how much to bet.

It is important to note at this point that there are 2 bets in a game of Caribbean Stud Poker, therefore the initial bet should be half of what you are prepared to bet every hand.

Although you play directly against the casino, other players can be playing in the same game but you don’t need to worry about their hand or beat them in order to win.

To start, you need to place an Ante bet in the relevant spot on the table. These are placed by all players involved in the hand prior to any cards being dealt.

There is normally a progressive jackpot option as well, the equivalent of a side-bet, you can place a separate bet for this as well if you want.

All players and the dealer are then dealt 5 cards. All player cards are dealt face down and you are unable to discuss any cards with other players. One of the five dealer cards is dealt face up.

At this point in the hand, you have the only choice to make during the game – Raise (sometimes just referred to as Bet) or Fold.

If you choose to Fold, you will be out of the hand, your Ante Bet and any Jackpot Bet is lost.
If you choose to Raise, you will need to place a further bet equal to your Ante bet.

If you stay in the hand, once you place your Raise Bet the actions chosen by you are over and the Dealer will then turn over their 4 remaining downturned cards.

In order to ‘Qualify’, the Dealer must have at least a Pair or higher or an Ace-King in their hand if they don’t have at least a Pair.

Therefore, the worst hand a Dealer needs in order to Qualify is an A, K, 2, 3 and 4.

The best hand they could have where they don’t Qualify would be A, Q, J, 10 and 9.

When the Dealer does not Qualify, any Players left in the hand win even money on the Ante Bet but the Raise Bet would Push. If the Dealer does not qualify, it does not matter what the strength of the Players hand is.

If the Dealer’s hand beats the Players hand, then both the Ante Bet and Raise Bet are lost.

If the Dealer has at least an Ace and King and therefore qualifies, their hand is compared to that of any Players left.

Should the Dealer’s hand be better, both the Ante Bet and Raise Bet will lose.

If the hands are identical then both the Ante Bet and Raise Bet push and money will be returned.

If the Player hand beats the Dealer’s hand, the Ante Bet pays out even money.

The Raise Bet will pay according to the table below:

PayoutHand
100 – 1Royal Flush
50 – 1Straight Flush
20 – 14 of a Kind
7 – 1Full House
5 – 1Flush
4 – 1Straight
3 – 13 of a Kind
2 – 12 Pair
1 – 1Everything Else

Please note that the above is a fairly standard payout table that you will find in the majority of Casinos, some may vary a small amount however so it is worth checking so you get at least the above returns before deciding where to play.

The Progressive Jackpot payouts can also vary, but you will normally find it pays out 100% if you have a Royal Flush and 10% of the Jackpot amount if you have a Straight Flush. Any other hand is a loser when it comes to the Progressive Jackpot.

A typical example of the layout for a Caribbean Stud Poker table when playing online is shown below:

Caribbean Stud Poker table

The Ante bet is $10, and $1 for the Jackpot bet. Now you have your 5 cards and you can see 1 of the upturned Dealer cards, and you need to decide whether to Fold or Bet, this would be a further $10, the same as your Ante bet.

Strategy

Without knowing more than just 1 of the Dealers card, it isn’t easy to put together a strategy that increases your chances of winning by much.

We would recommend that you make a Raise Bet every time you have a Pair or higher.

We also recommend that you Fold if you have less than Ace, King – the hand the Dealer requires in order to Qualify.

If you have Ace King yourself, this is the tricky part about whether to Bet or Fold. If you have 3 fairly high cards on top of the Ace and King, you should Raise, the same as if the Dealers upturned card is a Jack or lower and matches one of your cards – this makes it less likely the Dealer will hit a Pair.

The House Edge for following the above strategy is 5.22%.

Caribbean Stud Poker Tips

The average House Edge when playing the Progressive Jackpot is 26.46% and should, therefore, be avoided. Yes, there is a chance to win big and it is therefore tempting but you will lose whilst playing it in the long run.

When deciding on your budget for a session on Caribbean Stud Poker, remember that you need to make 2 bets in order to stay in the hand. Therefore, whilst we would normally suggest you split your budget into 40 bets, for Caribbean Stud Poker, this would need to be 80 bets to ensure you have enough for 40 hands.

Don’t bet more you can afford – this is the same for any casino game and will ensure you play your best. You won’t do this if you are worried about losing the money you are betting with and are much more likely to lose.

Enjoy your play. Casino games should be about enjoyment first and foremost, as well as the challenge of winning against the house. If you are not enjoying a game or are worried about losing then walk away.

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Red Dog Poker

Red Dog Poker
Red Dog Poker is also known as Yablon and is a variation of the casino game Acey-Deucey or In-Between. It shouldn’t be confused with Red Dog which is another card game altogether.

This game is a very simple to learn casino game which is found in most online casinos. In terms of land-based casinos, Red Dog Poker has been falling in popularity and fewer and fewer casinos are featuring it.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

Rules

It can be played with between 1 and 8 decks of cards, depending on where you play. However, as only 3 cards are used in any hand, this is less important than in other casino games. The higher number of decks in use, the lower the house edge – although not by much – which is the opposite of most casino games such as Blackjack, where the more decks in play the higher the house edge.

Aces always count as high in Red Dog Poker and suits are irrelevant. All other cards are ranked as in poker with 2 as the lowest.

First of all, you need to decide how much to bet. As in some table games, there is a possibility of 2 bets every hand so take this into account when deciding how much to bet.

The Dealer now deals 2 cards face up in front of them. What happens next depends on the value of these cards.

If the cards are consecutive, so 5 and 6 or Jack and Queen, for example, the bet is a push and is refunded. The hand is then over.

If the value of the 2 cards is the same, a third card is dealt straight away. If the 3rd card is the same value as the first 2, the player wins the bet at odds of 11 to 1. If not, the hand is a push and all bets are refunded. Either way, the hand is then over.

If the cards are not of equal value or consecutive, the Dealer announces the ‘Spread’. This is the difference in value between the 2 cards. For example, if the cards were 4 and 10, the Spread would be 5 – there are 5 numbers in between the two, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

The aim of the game is to get the 3rd and final card in between the first 2 cards. The further apart these first 2 cards are, the better the chances of winning but the lower the odds.

Once the Spread has been announced, the Player has the choice of ‘Ride’ or ‘Stand’. If you choose to ‘Ride’, you will need to place a further bet equal to the initial bet. If you ‘Stand’, then no further bet is necessary.

A third card is then dealt by the Dealer.

If the third card is between the first 2, the Player wins according to the paytable below:

SpreadPayout
15 to 1
24 to 1
32 to 1
41 to 1
51 to 1
61 to 1
71 to 1
81 to 1
91 to 1
101 to 1
111 to 1

 
If the third card is equal to either of the other 2 cards, higher than the highest one or lower than the lowest one, the Player loses all bets.

Red Dog Poker Table Game

Above is a standard layout for the online version of Red Dog Poker.

In the above example, the Player has bet €5, the Spread is 8. The Player now has the choice of ‘Ride’ and therefore betting a further €5 that the third card will be between 2 and Jack, or ‘Stand’ which means they don’t want to place a further bet.

If the third card is a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10, the player will win their original bet and the ‘Ride’ bet if they make one at odds of 1 to 1. If the third card is a 2, Jack, Queen, King or Ace, they will lose their initial bet and any ‘Ride’ bet they make.

Red Dog Poker Strategy

Let’s take a look at the chances of winning for each possible Spread.

Number of Cards SpreadPaysProb. Of WinningPlayer Edge
150.077419(0.535484)
240.154839(0.225806)
320.232258(0.303226)
410.309677(0.380645)
510.387097(0.225806)
610.464516(0.070968)
710.5419350.083871
810.6193550.238710
910.6967740.393548
1010.7741940.548387
1110.8516130.703226

 
As you can see from the above table, the Player starts to get an Edge when the Spread is 7 or higher. This is when there is more chance of winning the hand than losing.

Red Dog Poker is a simple game to learn and it follows that the strategy is a simple one as well – If the Spread is 6 or below, ‘Stand’ as there is more chance of losing the hand than winning.

If the Spread is 7 or above, ‘Ride’ as there is a better chance of winning than losing so it pays in the long term to maximize your stake.

When playing this strategy, the House Edge for Red Dog Poker is 2.80% approximately, depending on the number of decks in play.

Red Dog Poker Tips

With most casino games, we would recommend you split your budget into a minimum of 40 bets to ensure you have enough to make the funds last for a while. With Red Dog Poker, there is the opportunity to make a second bet, which you should do if the Spread is 7 or greater. Take this into account when deciding on an initial bet amount.

Don’t play Red Dog Poker, or any other casino game for that matter, when you are tired, stressed or consumed excessive amounts of alcohol as it will impair your judgment and decrease your chances of winning. Although Red Dog Poker is a very simple game to play, and there are very few decisions to be taken, it is still important to be at your sharpest to make sure you play to the optimal strategy.

As with any form of gambling, it is important to only bet within your means and not start to chase any losses trying to win your money back.

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House Edge By Game ~ Your Best Bets & Odds in a Casino

House Edge by game
Every game at the casino is tipped in the casino’s favor – that is how they make their money.

For sure, as a player you have a chance of winning and finishing a session ahead – there would be no reason to go to a casino otherwise – but overall every game will make the casino money in the long run.

By playing to a certain strategy, the player can reduce the House Edge by some percentage points giving them a better chance of walking away up. There are strategies for many of the most popular casino games on this website.

However, the amount of House Edge does vary from game to game and in some cases from the different types of bet from within the same game. Here, we look at the most popular games and their House Edge so you can make an informed decision of which to play.

GameBet/RulesHouse Edge
BlackjackVegas Rules0.28%
PontoonStandard Bet0.32% – 0.65%
Spanish 21Dealer Stands on Soft 170.40%
Spanish 21Dealer Hits on Soft 170.76%
Blackjack SwitchStandard Bet0.58%
Atlantic City BlackjackStandard Bet0.35%
Vegas Strip BlackjackStandard Bet0.35%
Progressive BlackjackStandard Bet0.28% – 0.76%
Super Fun 21Standard Bet0.94%
European RouletteSingle Zero1.35% – 2.70%
American RouletteDouble Zero5.26%
French RouletteSingle Zero1.35% – 2.70%
BaccaratPlayer1.24%
BaccaratBanker1.06%
BaccaratTie14.36%
Punto BancoPlayer1.24%
Punto BancoBanker1.06%
Punto BancoTie14.40%
EZ Baccarat1.01%
3 Card Baccarat17% – 20.8%
European BaccaratPlayer1.24%
European BaccaratBanker1.06%
European BaccaratTie14.40%
Banque BaccaratPlayer1.24%
Banque BaccaratBanker1.06%
Banque BaccaratTie14.40%
Chemin De FerN/A
CrapsPass Line/Come Bet1.41%
CrapsDon’t Pass/Don’t Come Bet1.40%
CrapsPass Line Odds/Comes Bet Odds/Buy Bets – 4 or 104.76%
CrapsPass Line Odds/Comes Bet Odds/Buy Bets – 5 or 94.76%
CrapsPass Line Odds/Comes Bet Odds/Buy Bets – 6 or 84.76%
CrapsDon’t Pass Odds/Don’t Come Bet Odds/Lay Bets – 4 or 102.44%
CrapsDon’t Pass Odds/Don’t Come Bet Odds/Lay Bets – 5 or 93.23%
CrapsDon’t Pass Odds/Don’t Come Bet Odds/Lay Bets – 6 or 84.00%
CrapsField Bets – 3, 4, 9, 10 or 115.50%
CrapsField Bets – 2 or 125.50%
CrapsPlace Bets – 4 or 106.70%
CrapsPlace Bets – 5 or 94.00%
CrapsPlace Bets – 6 or 81.52%
CrapsHardways – 6 or 89.09%
CrapsHardways – 4 or 1011.10%
CrapsOne Roll Bets – Any 716.90%
CrapsOne Roll Bets – Any Craps11.10%
CrapsOne Roll Bets – 2 Craps or 12 Craps13.90%
CrapsOne Roll Bets – 3 Craps or 11 Craps11.10%
CrapsOne Roll Bets – Big 6 or 89.09%
3 Card PokerAnte Bet3.37%
3 Card PokerPair Plus7.28%
Pai Gow Poker1.50%
Let It Ride3.51%
Caribbean Stud5.22%
Video PokerJacks or Better0.46%
Video PokerBonus Poker0.83%
Video PokerJoker Poker1.91%
Video PokerDeuces Wild1.09% – 5.03%
Video PokerAces & Faces0.74%
Video PokerPick’em Poker0.5% – 10%
Video PokerAces & Eights0.22% – 2.51%
Video PokerTens or Better0.86% – 2.04%
Casino WarGo to War on Ties2.88%
Casino WarSurrender on Ties3.70%
Casino WarBet on Ties18.65%
Keno25% – 29%
Sic Bo2.78% – 33.33%
Red Dog2.80%

 

What is the House Edge?

It is important to clarify exactly what the House Edge is and how it is calculated.

The definition of House Edge is ‘the ratio of the average loss when compared to the initial bet’. Some games allow you to place an extra bet during the hand such as Splitting or Doubling in Blackjack. When working out the House Edge for a game, this extra bet is not taken into consideration as it is not a forced bet and the player doesn’t have to pay the extra if they don’t want to.

In games where an extra bet is mandatory, the total bet necessary is taken into account when working out the House Edge.

We work out the House Edge on the original bet and not the average bet to make it easier to see how much you can expect to lose over a period of time. Although this may sound negative, it is worth mentioning again that every bet in a casino is in the casino’s favor – if there was a bet where the player is expected to win over a long period of time, players would be sitting making this bet the whole day and the casino would lose money. They are clearly not going to let this happen.

Another point to note when looking at House Edge is that for bets which feature a Tie – such as Baccarat or the Don’t Pass bet in Craps – some places don’t count these on the basis that if a bet hasn’t been settled then it should be ignored.

There are other variables that could affect the bottom-line House Edge such as mindset of the player at the time the player, how much they are concentrating on their game or how much they can afford to lose the chips they have in front of them.

Conclusion

It is worth remembering that the above table gives a rough idea of House Edge but one or two less than optimal decisions can have an adverse effect and therefore there will inevitably be some small discrepancies based on the way the game/s are played.

The lower the House Edge, the more chance there is for the player to win so take that into consideration when deciding which game to play.


Tens or Better Video Poker

Tens or better video poker
 
Of the many variations of video poker available online, Tens or Better is one of the easiest to learn and play.

In our Tens or Better Video Poker article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

If you are familiar with one of the most popular versions – Jacks or Better – then you will be able to understand Tens or Better straight away. The only difference between the 2 versions is that in Tens or Better you need a pair of Tens to win as opposed to a pair of Jacks.

Due to the slightly lower threshold to receive a payout, the amount you win is slightly less but the better chance of winning a prize offsets this.

Tens or Better uses a standard 52-card deck of cards, and you will need to know the basic poker hands ranking before you start playing.

Rules

As with any version of Video Poker, the first decision you have to make is to decide how much you wish to bet.

You will be given the choice of how much 1 coin is worth and how many coins you wish to bet with.

As with other versions, we recommend you use the maximum number of coins available – 5. As the payouts for a Royal Flush are significantly better than when using 4 coins and as that is the ultimate aim of Video Poker – then it is worth playing 5 coins to get the bigger payout if and when it hits.

As an example, if you decide you want to bet €0.50 per game, you could choose the coin size as €0.50 and play with 1 coin or choose the coin size as €0.10 and play with 5 coins. Whilst the overall cost of a bet will be the same, playing with 5 coins of €0.10 will get a bigger payout and therefore would be the preferred option in these circumstances.

tens or better video poker layout

The screenshot above shows the typical layout for Tens or Better Video Poker, which is very similar to other versions in how the game is played.

As you will see, you can choose the coin size – we have gone for €0.20 – and then the number of coins bets. As we bet the maximum of 5 coins at €0.20, the total bet is €1. By using 5 coins, the maximum payout for a Royal Flush is 4,000 coins as opposed to 2,000 for playing with 4 coins.

Although payouts will be pretty similar across every version of Tens or Better, there may be a few small differences from one casino to another so it is worth ensuring you are getting the best deal possible. You can do this by checking the payouts at a couple of casinos before deciding where to play.

Paytables

You won’t find many variations in the paytable above. Below we show you the payouts you can expect to get for each hand. Remember that the amount shown is the winnings in coins, and you need to multiply the win by the value of the coin you are playing with to get the monetary value of the win.

Hand1 Coin2 Coins3 Coins4 Coins5 Coins
Royal Flush5001,0001,5002,0004,000
Straight Flush50100150200250
4 of a Kind255075100125
Full House510152025
Flush48121620
Straight48121620
3 of a Kind3691215
2 Pair246810
Jacks or Better12345

 

Tens or Better Video Poker pays out with a slightly lower hand than many other versions which require at least a pair of Jacks. It may not seem like a lot to pay out with a pair of Tens or better, but that one extra win can give you one extra spin which could be the Royal Flush you have been waiting for, you never know!

This is just another reason to ensure you play with 5 coins whenever you can to ensure you make the most out of a Royal Flush win when it arrives.

Strategy

The Strategy for Tens or Better Video Poker is a lot like the one for Jacks or Better. It is worth noting that payouts in Tens or Better are normally lower for the Royal Flush, Flush, and Full House, to make up for a Pair of Tens being a winning hand. They can still pay out nicely should you hit one.

To ensure you follow the best strategy possible, start at the top of the table below and when you find an option that applies to your hand, follow the action on the right.

Although the House Edge still tips the game in the Casino’s favor – as it does with any game – this will give you the best possible chance of finishing a session ahead

HandAction
Royal FlushHold all 5 cards
Straight FlushHold all 5 cards
4 of a KindDiscard the 1 card not involved
4 cards to a Royal FlushDiscard the 1 card not involved
Full HouseHold all 5 cards
FlushHold all 5 cards
StraightHold all 5 cards
3 of a KindDiscard the 2 cards not involved
4 cards to a Straight FlushDiscard the 1 card not involved
2 PairDiscard the 1 card not involved
High Pair – Tens to AcesDiscard the 3 cards not involved
3 cards to a Royal FlushDiscard the 2 cards not involved
4 cards to a FlushDiscard the 1 card not involved
10JQKDiscard the 1 card not involved
1 PairDiscard the 3 cards not involved
4 cards to a Straight with 3 High CardsDiscard the 1 card not involved
3 cards to a Straight FlushDiscard the 2 cards not involved
3 cards to a Straight with 3 High CardsDiscard the 2 cards not involved
2 Suited High CardsDiscard the 3 cards not involved
4 cards to an Open Ended StraightDiscard the 1 card not involved
JQKDiscard the 2 cards not involved
KQ, KJDiscard the 3 cards not involved
2 cards to a Royal FlushDiscard the 3 cards not involved
Suited 10J, 10QDiscard the 3 cards not involved
2 High CardsDiscard the 3 cards not involved
1 High CardDiscard the 4 cards not involved
Anything elseDiscard all 5 cards

 
For this version of Video Poker, a High Card is deemed to be a Ten, Jack, Queen, King or Ace.

Tips

  • We have mentioned it before but will mention it again – when playing Video Poker it is always recommended to play with 5 coins whenever possible to make sure you get the best possible payout. The difference between hitting a Royal Flush when playing with 4 coins and 5 coins is substantial and we wouldn’t like you to miss out on a big win. You can always reduce the size of the coin to reduce the total bet.
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  • Never play with more money than you can afford to lose. For any session, we recommend that you start with at least 40 games to give you the best chance of winning and having an enjoyable time. When you decide how much you are willing to spend in a session, split that amount into 40 and play that amount per game.

    If you lose the amount you were willing to play with at the start of a session, walk away. Don’t try to play catch up otherwise you could lose more than you intended to – which is a recipe for disaster.

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  • Shop around – there may not be many differences in the payout amounts from one casino to another for the same game, but it is worth checking 2 or 3 to ensure you are getting the best possible deal.

    Try and stick to the strategy in this article, which will reduce the House Edge as much as possible. The more chance of winning you give yourself, the better!

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  • Finally, have fun. Gambling should be an enjoyable pastime and you should never overstretch yourself financially. If the enjoyment goes out of a game then stop playing as not only are you less likely to win. And if you are worried about losing, you could very well get yourself into financial trouble.

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History of the World Poker Tour

 History of the World Poker Tour

Although many consider the WPT – World Poker Tour – to be the smaller sibling of the WSOP – World Series of Poker, it does have a place within the industry.

Launched in 2002 as opposed to 1970 for the WSOP, the WPT was the idea of Steven Lipscomb, CEO at the time of the World Poker Tour Enterprise. He was also a TV producer and attorney.

He aimed to create high buy-in events and then broadcast the final table allowing players to the hole cards, therefore feeling more involved. The WSOP hadn’t introduced this concept at the time.

With commentary from professional players giving a commentary on what was happening as well as their verdict on the quality of the play, Lipscomb hoped to bring mainstream poker to the masses.

This internationally televised gaming event launched in late 2002 and ran until April 2003.

TV ratings were good and the idea and layout proved popular.

As the final tables were generally 6-handed, there tended to be a lot more action than if there were 9 players. Allay this to the audience being able to view the hole cards for the first time and the popularity of the 2 main commentators, Vince Van Patten and Mike Sexton, the format was a sure-fire winner.

In the 2nd season, there were over 150 countries broadcasting the show which really helped drive the poker boom of the early 2000s.

The event grew every year until 2007 with some of the top names in the poker world realizing that not only could they win a lot of money by taking part, but they could gain cult celebrity status the world over due to the high viewing figures.

Buy-ins ranged from $3,500 right up to $25,000 ensuring that only the crème-de-la-crème of the poker world was able to take part in the big events.

In 2007 the series was at its height giving life-changing prize pools and the largest payout in WPT history of just under $4m to Carlos Mortensen.

It was the 2nd largest poker tournament series in the world after the WSOP but the recession in the US and a change of lawmaking online poker illegal led to a drop in attendances and prize pools, although it did remain a popular series.

In 2008, the owners decided to start an online presence despite the ban on real money online poker in the US, giving prices worth $100k every month for free. The hope was that the law would change back making online poker legal again and giving them a nice share of the market.

Also in 2008, winners started receiving a bracelet on top of the prize money, a move making it more in line with the WSOP. All previous winners received one in recognition of their past performances.

November 2009 saw the sale of the WPT brand to one of the world’s largest online poker sites, Party Poker. They paid $12.3m for the rights and set about changing it from the very US focussed to worldwide.

The series expanded in Europe more than any other area and took in many smaller casinos with smaller buy-ins aimed at the average poker player as opposed to the top-end players it had previously aimed at.

Today, the WPT visits all continents, over 20 countries with events in some 35 casinos with a range of buy-ins.

Regional events to qualify for these bigger events also take place in many more places.

Party Gaming merged with Bwin to form Bwin.party Digital Entertainment in 2011 and in 2014 the WPT announced a partnership with Ourgame, allowing it to expand into many areas across Asia.

In 2015, it was announced that Ourgame had brought the full rights to the WPT from bwin.party for $35m cash.

They remained the owners until recently when it was announced at the back end of 2018 that Black Ridge Acquisition Corp agreed to purchase both WPT Enterprises and Allied Esports International from Ourgame International Holdings with the aim of merging them and creating a new company, Allied Esports Entertainment. The price was reported to be $150 million for both.

“In more than 40 years in the gaming and entertainment business, this is the most exciting opportunity I have seen,” the Chairman of the Board of the new company, Lyle Berman – also a member of the Poker Hall of Fame – said. “The capital from the Black Ridge SPAC will be used to expand AESE’s global property network, accelerating their first-mover advantage as the company continues to build a brand that is synonymous with esports.”

It remains to be seen on how the future of the WPT will unfold.

Player of the Year

During the first 8 seasons of the WPT, the 6 players making the final table of each event, along with the person finishing 7th in each, earned points which went towards crowning the WPT Player of the Year.

1st Place: 1,000 points
2nd Place: 700 points
3rd Place: 600 points
4th Place: 500 points
5th Place: 400 points
6th Place: 300 points
7th Place: 200 points.

From season 9 onwards, points awarded were adjusted depending on the number of entries.

All players finishing now receive at least 50 points, the winner receives 600 for events where the total prize-pool is less than $500K and 1,400 points for events with a prize-pool over $4 million.

A sliding scale determines how many points are available for those prize-pools in the middle of these amounts.

Winners

The full list of WPT Player of the Year is as follows:

SeasonYearsWinnerCountry
Season 162017-2018Art PapazyanUSA
Season 152016-2017Benjamin ZamaniUSA
Season 142015-2016Mike ShariatiUSA
Season 132014-2015Anthony ZinnoUSA
Season 122013-2014Mukul PahujaUSA
Season 112012-2013Matthew SalsbergUSA
Season 102011-2012Joe SerockUSA
Season 92010-2011Andy FrankenbergerUSA
Season 82009-2010Faraz JakaUSA
Season 72008-2009Bertrand GrospellierFrance
Season 62007-2008Jonathan LittleUSA
Season 52006-2007J. C. TranVietnam
Season 42005-2006Gavin SmithCanada
Season 32004-2005Daniel NegreanuCanada
Season 22003-2004Erick LindgrenUSA
Season 12002-2003Howard LedererUSA

 

WPT Championship Winners

Each season of the WPT ends with the $25,000 WPT World Championship. This changed to the Tournament of Champions from season 14 onwards.

The winners of each seasonal Championship/Tournament of Champions are as follows:

SeasonYearsWinnerCountryPrize
Season 162017-2018Matt WaxmanUSA$463,375
Season 152016-2017Daniel WeinmanUSA$381,500
Season 142015-2016Farid YachouMorocco$381,600
Season 132014-2015Asher ConniffUSA$973,683
Season 122013-2014Keven StammenUSA$1,350,000
Season 112012-2013David RheemUSA$1,150,279
Season 102011-2012Marvin RettenmaierGermany$1,196,858
Season 92010-2011Scott SeiverUSA$1,618,344
Season 82009-2010David WilliamsUSA$1,530,537
Season 72008-2009Yevgeniy TimoshenkoUkraine$2,149,960
Season 62007-2008David ChiuUSA$3,389,140
Season 52006-2007Carlos MortensenEcuador$3,970,415
Season 42005-2006Joe Bartholdi JrUSA$3,760,165
Season 32004-2005Tuan LeVietnam$2,856,150
Season 22003-2004Martin De KnijffSweden$2,728,356
Season 12002-2003Alan GoehringUSA$1,011,866

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History of the WSOP

 History of World Series of Poker

The WSOP – World Series of Poker – is an annual festival of many tournaments that take place in the summer in Las Vegas.

It is considered the holy grail of poker tournaments by many top players that give away life-changing sums of money every year.

The WSOP Main Event costs $10,000 to enter, and in 2018 the winner received $8,800,000 – one of the largest prizes in history.

Many online poker sites run satellites to one of the 50+ tournaments available which typically includes flights and accommodation for two as well as entry to at least one tournament.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

Origins

A Poker World Series was first introduced back in 1969. It was a US only event known as the Texas Gambling Reunion.

The first event was by invite only which took place in Reno.

The first open event was the following year, through an idea initially thought up and run by Benny Binion, a poker player, and casino owner.

The first event was just a number of cash games across several formats that included Deuce to Seven Low-ball, Five-card Stud, Seven-card Stud, Razz and Texas Hold’em.

As these were cash games, the winner got voted for by other players and it was Johnny Moss who won a silver cup.

The following year the format as the Main Event became a Texas Hold’em Freezeout tournament, which has remained the same to this day.

Harrah’s Entertainment – which is now known as Caesars Entertainment – purchased Binions Horseshoe back in 2004 and with it the rights to the WSOP.

The location changed to their own Rio hotel & casino just off the main strip in Las Vegas.

They set about making the WSOP what it is today – the first Main Event back in 1970 had seven entrants, in 2018 this was a slightly healthier 7,874. Prize money in 1970 was zero with just a silver cup going to the winner, the following year six entrants gave the winner a prize of $30,000. In 2018, American John Cynn walked away with $8.8m!

WSOP Format

The World Series of Poker has grown in entries and events most years since.

Up until 1975, a cash prize was all the winner got, but in 1976 the iconic bracelet is also given to the winner of each event, and poker players often think a player hasn’t made it until they own at least one of these.

After its launch, the tournament steadily grew through the 1970s with a total of 52 players in 1982.

Then came the introduction of satellites to the main event meaning the Main Event and its $10,000 buy-in became much more accessible to the everyday player.

1987 saw more than 2,100 players take part in the overall event with 152 entering the Main Event itself.

With the advent of online poker came more and more opportunities for players from all over the world to qualify and as a result of this, online satellites were the most significant reason that saw Main Event numbers go from 839 in 2003 to 2,576 in 2004 and 5,619 in 2005.

It peaked at 8,773 in 2006 around the same time a new law passed in the United States making online poker illegal.

The numbers reduced as a result and have swung between 6,000 and 8,000 since although the second highest was in 2018 with 7,874 entries.

In 2012, the introduction of The Big One for One Drop saw the first poker tournament with an entry fee of $1m. 11% of this amount went to charity, and it attracted many true high-rollers.

Winners and Entrants

YearCountryWinnerEntrantsPrize Money
1970United StatesJohnny Moss7N/A
1971United StatesJohnny Moss6$30.000
1972United StatesThomas Preston Jr8$80.000
1973United StatesWalter Pearson13$130.000
1974United StatesJohnny Moss16$160.000
1975United StatesBrian Roberts21$210.000
1976United StatesDoyle Brunson22$220.000
1977United StatesDoyle Brunson34$340.000
1978United StatesBobby Baldwin42$210.000
1979United StatesHal Fowler54$270.000
1980United StatesStu Ungar73$385.000
1981United StatesStu Ungar75$375.000
1982United StatesJack Straus104$520.000
1983United StatesTom McEvoy108$540.000
1984United StatesJack Keller132$660.000
1985United StatesBill Smith140$700.000
1986United StatesBerry Johnston141$570.000
1987United StatesJohnny Chan152$625.000
1988United StatesJohnny Chan167$700.000
1989United StatesPhil Hellmuth178$755.000
1990IranMansour Matloubi194$895.000
1991United StatesBrad Daugherty215$1.000.000
1992IranHamid Dastmalchi201$1.000.000
1993United StatesJim Bechtel220$1.000.000
1994United StatesRuss Hamilton268$1.000.000
1995United StatesDan Harrington273$1.000.000
1996United StatesHuck Seed295$1.000.000
1997United StatesStu Ungar312$1.000.000
1998United StatesScotty Nguyen350$1.000.000
1999Republic of IrelandNoel Furlong393$1.000.000
2000United StatesChris Ferguson512$1.500.000
2001EcuadorJuan Carlos Mortensen613$1.500.000
2002United StatesRobert Varkonyi631$2.000.000
2003United StatesChris Moneymaker839$2.500.000
2004United StatesGreg Raymer2,576$5.000.000
2005AustraliaJoe Hachem5,619$7.500.000
2006United StatesJamie Gold8,773$12.000.000
2007United StatesJerry Yang6,358$8.250.000
2008DenmarkPeter Eastgate6,844$9.152.416
2009United StatesJoe Cada6,494$8.547.042
2010CanadaJonathan Duhamel7,319$8.944.310
2011GermanyPius Heinz6,865$8.715.638
2012United StatesGreg Merson6,598$8.531.853
2013United StatesRyan Riess6,352$8.361.570
2014SwedenMartin Jacobson6,683$10.000.000
2015United StatesJoe McKeehen6,420$7.683.346
2016United StatesQui Nguyen6,737$8.005.310
2017United StatesScott Blumstein7,221$8.150.000
2018United StatesJohn Cynn7,874$8.800.000

 

Most Bracelets

Although the Main Event is the tournament everyone wants to win, there are many smaller tournaments throughout the WSOP series and each one pays out cash depending on the number of entries as well as a WSOP Bracelet.

Those players with the most Bracelets are:

CountryPlayerMain Event WinsBracelets
United StatesPhil Hellmuth115
United StatesDoyle Brunson210
United StatesJohnny Chan210
United StatesPhil Ivey010
United StatesJohnny Moss39
United StatesErik Seidel08
United StatesBilly Baxter07
United StatesMen Nguyen07

 

WSOP Player of the Year

In 2004, a new award for player of the year was introduced. This takes into account how players fare across all events from a WSOP including wins, final tables and cashes.

YearCountryPlayerWinningsBraceletsCashesFinal Tables
2004CanadaDaniel Negreanu$346,280165
2005United StatesAllen Cunningham$1,007,115154
2006United StatesJeff Madsen$1,467,852244
2007United StatesTom Schneider$416,829233
2008United StatesErick Lindgren$1,348,528153
2009ItalyJeff Lisandro$807,521364
2010United StatesFrank Kassela$1,255,314263
2011United StatesBen Lamb$5,352,970154
2012United StatesGreg Merson$9,785,354252
2013CanadaDaniel Negreanu$1,954,0542104
2014GermanyGeorge Danzer$878,9333105
2015RussiaMike Gorodinsky$1,766,487183
2016United StatesJason Mercier[$960,4242114
2017United StatesChris Ferguson$428,4231233
2018United StatesShaun Deeb$2,545,6232204

 

Records

The following are some of the records currently held in the WSOP:

Most Final Tables
53 – Phil Hellmuth

Most Cashes
109 – Phil Hellmuth

Highest Career Earnings
$21,835,100 – Antonio Esfandiari

Highest Earnings from One Event
$18,346,673 – Antonio Esfandiari

Youngest Bracelet Winner
18 years, 364 days – Annette Obrestad

Oldest Bracelet Winner
81 years, 0 days – Johnny Moss

Most Bracelets in 1 Year
3 –
Ted Forrest
Puggy Pearson
Jeff Lisandro
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Ivey
George Danzer

Most Final Tables in 1 Year
6 – An Tran

Most Cashes in 1 Year
23 – Chris Ferguson

Oldest Participant
97 years – Jack Ury

WSOP Main Event Records
Most Main Event Wins

3 –
Stu Ungar
Johnny Moss

Highest Main Event Winnings
$12,000,000 – Jamie Gold

Most Main Event Final Tables
5 each –
Jesse Alto
Doyle Brunson

Most Main Event Cashes
10 – Berry Johnston

Youngest Main Event Winner
21 years, 357 days – Joe Cada

Oldest Main Event Winner
66 years, 358 days – Johnny Moss


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