How To Play Three Cards Whist

Three Card Whist is a casino table game, played with one standard pack of playing cards without jokers. The Player competes against the Dealer and not against other Players. From one to six Players can play each round. Each Player and the Dealer are dealt three cards per round. An additional card is dealt face up and its suit becomes the trump suit. Any card that is the same suit as the trump suit is called a “trump card” or simply a “trump.”

The cards are ordered by rank, with Deuce low and Ace high, so that a card of higher rank and of the same suit as another card beats that card. A trump card always beats a card that is not of the same suit as the trump suit. The Dealer reveals his three cards sequentially. If the Player plays a card that beats the current Dealer card, the Player wins a “trick.” The Player tries to win as many tricks as possible against the three Dealer cards. There are two additional bets available to the player each round, a Bonus Bet wager and an RnB wager. The Bonus Bet wager is independent of the main game of Three Card Whist. The resolution of the Bonus Bet wager depends solely on the Player’s three cards and the initial trump card. The RnB wager cannot be played without the main game or the Bonus Bet being played. The resolution of the RnB wager depends on the Player’s three cards, the Dealers three cards and the Trump card.

Rules for Three Card Whist

1. Each round the Player begins by placing an Ante wager in a designated spot on the layout. (The Player optionally places a Bonus Bet wager and/or RnB wager in addition to his Ante wager).
2. Each Player is dealt three cards, face down.
3. The Dealer is dealt three cards, face down.
4. Once all the cards have been dealt to each Player and the Dealer, an additional card is dealt face up. The suit of this card becomes the “trump suit.”
5. Each Player then decides if he wants to “Play” or “Fold” his hand.
6. If the Player Folds, then his cards are discarded and the player forfeits his Ante wager.
7. If the Player Folds, and does have a winning Bonus Bet and/or RnB Bet then the player should slide his cards under that relevant wager.
8. If the Player wants to “Play” then the Player must place a “Play” wager exactly equal to the amount of the Ante wager in a designated spot on the layout.
9. If one or more Players want to Play, then those Players compete against the Dealer to try and win as many tricks as possible.
10. The Dealer turns over his three cards in succession, one at a time.
11. As each Dealer card is exposed, the Player must play one of his three cards.
12. The Player must follow these rules for playing his hand:
• If the Player can play a card that is the same suit as the card the Dealer played, then the Player must follow suit
(this includes trumps). If the Player has two or more cards of the same suit as the Dealer suit, then the Player can choose which one to play. If the Player follows suit and the rank of his card is higher than the rank of the Dealer’s card, then the Player wins the trick. If the Player follows suit and the rank of his card is lower than the rank of the Dealer’s card, then the Player loses the trick.
• If the Dealer does not play a trump card and the Player has no cards that are the same suit as the Dealer’s suit, but
the Player has one or more trump cards, then the Player must play one of his trump cards. That is, the Player must
always trump, if possible. Trump cards beat all cards of other suits, regardless of rank, so in this case, the Player
wins the trick.
• If the Player cannot follow suit and the Player has no trump cards, then the Player can discard any card from his hand. The Player is free to choose which card to discard and there are no limitations on this discard. In this case the
Player loses the trick.
13. At the conclusion of the hand, the Player is paid according to the following pay table, based on the number of tricks the Player has won:
• If the Player wins 0 or 1 tricks, the Player forfeits his Ante and Play wagers.
• If the Player wins 2 tricks, the Player is paid 1-to-1 on his Ante wager and 2-to-1 on his Play wager.
• If the Player wins 3 tricks, the Player is paid 1-to-1 on his Ante wager and 3-to-1 on his Play wager.
14. If one dealer or two player’s cards are exposed during the deal, the hand is void.
15. If a hand requires reconstruction as the player didn’t follow suit, the player will be allowed to reconstruct their hand but they must be instructed of rules and monitored.

Rules for Three Card Whist Bonus Bet Game

1. The Bonus Bet game can be played without playing the Main Three Card Whist game.
2. The Player optionally places a Bonus Bet wager at the start of each round of Three Card Whist as per step 1 in the Rules for Three Card Whist.
3. If the player is playing the Main game then they follow the steps 2-14 above.
4. If the player pays the ante on the main game and does not want to play the main game but does have a Bonus Bet hand then they can place their cards under the bonus bet.
5. Once the main game is finished the dealer then reviews the players hand to see if they are eligible for a bonus bet payout according to the pay table in figure 1.
6. In the case a Player is eligible for more than one payout according to this pay table, the Player is paid only for the highest payout he has won.

Three Card Whist – Bonus Bet

Player Hand Payout
Straight Flush (of Trumps) 100
Straight Flush (not Trumps) 300
Three of a Kind 20
Flush (of Trumps) 10
Straight 5
Flush (not Trumps) 3
Pair 1
Nothing -1

Rules for Three Card Whist RnB Bet Game

1. The RnB Bet game cannot be played without playing the Main Three Card Whist game or the Bonus Bet.
2. The Player optionally places an RnB Bet wager at the start of each round of Three Card Whist as per step 1 in the Rules for Three Card Whist.
3. If the player is playing the Main game then they follow the steps 2-14 above.
4. If the player pays the ante on the main game and does not want to play the main game but does have an RnB Bet hand then they can place their cards under the RnB bet.
5. Once the main game is finished the dealer then reviews the players hand to see if they are eligible for an RnB bet payout according to the pay table in figure 2.
6. In the case a Player is eligible for more than one payout according to this pay table, the Player is paid only for the
highest payout he has won.

Three Card Whist – RnB Bet

Player’s Hand, Dealer’s Hand and Trump Card Payout
7 Card Matching Colour (3 Player Cards, 3 Dealer Cards, and Trump Card)      5
3 Player Cards + 3 Dealer Cards Matching Colour      4
3 Player Cards Matching Colour      3

House Edge
Game: 1.87%
Bonus bet: 4.87%
RnB Bet: 2.64%

How To Play Safely At Online Casinos

Online casinos are fun and entertaining, however, it’s always good to remember to play safe, be it with regards to responsible gaming, playing on licensed sites or choosing secure payment methods.

During these emergency measures, the safety and well-being of our players is our top priority, which is why we’re reminding you of our safer gambling tools.

Gamble Responsibly

We want you to have fun but be responsible every time you play with us. LiveRoulette encourages its players to gamble responsibly, and to use your funds wisely. Borrowing money to play, spending more than you can afford or using money which has been saved for other reasons is not the right way to go, as it can cause problems for yourself and the people around you.

LiveRoulette has several responsible gaming tools in place to help you play in the right way. You can set up your own gaming limits, budgets and boundaries. We work together with the Global Gaming Guidance Group (G4) to provide players with the tools to prevent unhealthy gaming behaviour. Here’s a recap of our top tools:

Set Deposit Limits

If you’re spending more time at home or you’re spending more time online, you can control your funds with a daily, weekly or monthly deposit limit. You can set up these limits through My Account and accessing the Responsible Gaming page. You’ll also be prompted to set a limit when you first open an account.

Use Reality Checks

These days, most online casinos offer cool-off options, from 24-hour time outs to more permanent solutions. Need a reality check on your gaming? No problem. With LiveRoulette you can be notified through a Reality Check which helps you keep track of how long you’ve been playing. You can be informed every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one or two hours, depending on the frequency you choose.

The Reality Check feature will automatically stop the game you’re currently playing until you either decide to continue with the game or you choose to exit. This feature gives you a detailed breakdown of your online casino activity, such as information about your current gaming session with regards to time spent and information regarding any wins and losses.

Take Time Out

Think you might be playing too much? Give yourself time to cool off by temporarily suspending your account.

For players who may wish to self-exclude on a more permanent basis, LiveRoulette and a number of online casinos allow you to register with GamStop. GamStop is a handy and free service which allows players to self-exclude from all online gambling companies which are licensed in Great Britain. To find out more information and to sign up for this service simply visit www.gamstop.co.uk.

Take A Self-Assessment Test

If you’re concerned about the possibility of developing a gambling problem you can try our online Self-Assessment test (if you’re a registered player), and see what the results show. If your test result has reason to concern you, consider activating a timeout on your account or contact customer support to receive further advice.

Protect Your Kids

It’s illegal for anyone under 18 to open a casino account in the UK, and we take all the necessary precautions to ensure we do not attract or target minors. All accounts are fully age-verified before anyone can play, and if an account cannot be verified for any reason it is suspended, and no play can go ahead.

Whilst you and your children might be spending more time at home, there are measures you can take to ensure that your children aren’t exposing to gambling sites:

  • Do not play in front of your children or minors.
  • Log out as soon as you’ve finished playing.
  • Keep any card details secure and out of reach.
  • Do not use auto-fill for email addresses, passwords and other account details such as usernames.
  • If you share your computer with people who are not yet of age, you can install software such as NetNanny to monitor, limit and protect your family from harmful content.

A Final Word Of Advice

Do not gamble if you feel anxious, tired or frustrated, and do not let your gambling get in the way of your daily activities. Gambling is not a solution to financial problems and should be done with your entertainment budget, not with your phone bill or rent money.

Decide how much you can afford to lose before you start playing, and remember once it’s gone, it’s gone. Apart from setting monetary limits, set yourself a time limit or a particular time window for play.

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How to Play King-Queen Offsuit in Cash Games

King-Queen offsuit is a powerhouse hand…in most scenarios.

It should be quite a money-maker for you (on average), but you need to know how to play it properly.

This article covers:

  • How to Play King-Queen Offsuit Preflop
  • 3 Tips for Playing King-Queen When You Miss the Flop
  • 3 Tips for Playing King-Queen When You Hit the Flop

Let’s dive in!

How to Play King-Queen Offsuit Preflop

Your position (and your opponents’ positions) is vital when considering how to play King-Queen offsuit.

These are the positions that will be referenced in this section:

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Unopened Pots

Ranking among the top 15% of all No Limit Hold’em starting hands, King-Queen offsuit is strong enough to raise from all positions when the action folds to you.

At a 9-handed table, specifically, one could argue that King-Queen offsuit should be folded from the first two positions (UTG and UTG+1). If you’re at a particularly tough table (or one with very high rake), you may want to throw King-Queen offsuit in the muck. But if you think you have an edge, you will probably profit by raising with it.

Limping with it is not a good move. You’ll just win smaller pots on average by doing that.

Against an Open-Raise

When facing a raise, you need to be aware of your opponent’s position and also your own.

You need to keep in mind that even though this hand is very strong in unopened pots, things change when someone has already raised.

If a player has already raised from one of the early or middle positions, King-Queen offsuit not always strong enough to contest the pot profitably.

To be precise, this hand is usually worth 3-betting in the following scenarios:

  • Middle position raises, you’re seated in the Cutoff
  • Middle position, Hijack or Cutoff raises, you’re seated on the Button (you can also cold-call with it here)
  • Cutoff or Button raises, you’re seated in the Small Blind
  • Button raises, you’re seated in the Big Blind
  • Small Blind raises, you’re seated in the Big Blind

Pro tip: This advice assumes that you’re playing against players with decent preflop strategies. If you are playing against weaker, recreational players, you can start calling or, even better, 3-betting to isolate them even from the rest of the positions that weren’t mentioned.

Against a 3-Bet

King-Queen offsuit is not a great hand with which to call a 3-bet unless the opponent’s range is wide. If you raised from the Button and the Small or Big Blind 3-bets, for example, King-Queen offsuit is worth calling.

King-Queen offsuit is, however, a decent 4-bet bluff candidate. It has blockers to strong hands, reducing the number of Pocket Kings and Pocket Queens combinations in half. Plus the number of Ace-King combinations to 75%.

The hand works especially well as a 4-bet bluff when the 3-bettor’s range is slightly wider. Crucially, should your opponent hold Ace-Queen offsuit (which dominates you), they will likely fold versus your 4-bet, which greatly increases your expected value.

Against a 4-Bet

When facing a 4-bet, you should always fold King-Queen offsuit. It is simply too weak to continue.

3 Tips for Playing King-Queen Offsuit When You Miss the Flop

These tips will help you navigate postflop with King-Queen offsuit when the flop does not contain a King or Queen.

Tip #1 – After defending your Big Blind, you can oftentimes call a c-bet with just two overcards

After defending from the Big Blind, you will often miss the flop completely. But unless the flop is Ace-high, that doesn’t mean that you should give up on the pot right away.

When you have two overcards, you still have a decent chance (12%) to hit a top pair on the turn and that chance doubles (24%) if you see the river as well. You may also be able to steal the pot away if your opponent checks back on the turn.

Should you check and face a small or medium bet from one of the looser positions (Hijack, Cutoff or Button), these two overcards can be worth a call.

To give a concrete example, suppose you defend your Big Blind against a Button raise with and the flop comes . You check and your opponent bets 75% pot. You should always check-call King-Queen offsuit in this situation.

Tip #2 – After 3-betting before the flop, c-bet even with two bare overcards when you’re in position (almost every time)

After 3-betting, you find yourself almost always having the range advantage on the flop. This happens because you have a ton of overpairs and your opponent doesn’t.

You can leverage that range advantage to bluff when you miss the flop. Because of your range advantage, your opponent will not be able to counter you, even if he was familiar with your overall strategy.

The only exception here is when the board is low and very coordinated. If the flop is something like or , you will have so many missed overcards and (almost) no flopped sets. Because of this, you cannot leverage that overpair advantage.

Tip #3 – If you miss the flop completely and the flop has a straight or flush already possible, it’s best to check on the flop

I’m talking about hands like on boards such as  or .

Because the board is so connected and overall better for the caller’s range, your strategy should be more passive in these situations. Thus, checking becomes the better option.

If you have a backdoor flush draw to go with a backdoor straight draw, then c-betting becomes a more attractive option. But if you’ve completely whiffed and your opponent has a lot of strong hands, like on the example flops above, start with a check.

3 Tips for Playing King-Queen Offsuit When You Hit the Flop

Tip #1 – Check with your strong second pairs

For example: You raise preflop with , one player calls and the flop is .

When your middle pair can’t become a third pair — which is always the case with King-Queen — there isn’t an incentive to bet for protection. You also don’t get that much value from worse hands by betting. These two factors combine to make checking the clear option.

You can always start going for some value on the turn and/or river if your opponent shows weakness. Plus, you give your opponent the change to take a stab at the pot, and you’ll be able to call with your strong second pair.

Tip #2 – Always fast-play your strong hands

Missing out on value bets is like going to work and then not accepting your salary at the end of the week.

You do all this work — making risky bluffs, marginal calls, tough folds — and then you don’t charge your opponent when you have the goods. It doesn’t make any sense!

You should always start working on building the pot as soon as possible with your strong hands. When you flop two pair, trips, or a straight, you should always fast-play your hand.

The one possible exception is on a or flop. Since you have the deck so crushed on those flops, you can consider checking sometimes to let your opponent catch up and/or bluff.

Tip #3 – Flopped top pairs are mandatory c-bets

A top pair on the flop is a very strong hand that’s worth quite a bit of value. You can extract that value by c-betting when you’re the player who raised preflop.

Top pair with King-Queen is a particularly strong top pair. This increase in equity compared to weaker top pairs makes betting clearly better than checking.

This means that when holding King-Queen offsuit on a or type of flop, it’s a good idea to start building the pot right away.

Final Thoughts

King-Queen offsuit can be a very profitable hand if you play it in the right scenarios and in the right way. Just be sure to show discipline by folding it before the flop in the situations described above.

As with every piece of poker strategy, context is most important. So keep your mind sharp and focus strongly when playing.

That’s all for this guide. I hope you learned something new from it and if you found it useful please leave a comment in the section down below to show your support.

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How to play Faro & Game Rules with Video – PlayingCardDecks.com

(This is the typical set up for the game Faro)

(This is the typical set up for the game Faro)

Card Game Rules

Faro is a historical casino game for two or more players. It requires a standard 52 card deck, an extra set of 13 cards for each rank, a set of betting chips for each player, and a penny for each player. In Faro, Aces are low and Kings are high. The objective is to win the most bets. 

If you are looking for cards to play Faro with, check out a standard deck here or check out one of our recent arrivals here.

For more casino games, check out our guides for In-Between and Baccarat.

You can also find an 1882 rule book to Faro here.

Set-Up

To set-up a game a Faro, place the extra 13 cards in two rows face up in the middle of the playing table. These cards make up the tableau. From the top left going right, the card order should be King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, and 8. The 7 should be placed to the right of and halfway down from the 8. The 6 should then be placed to the left of the 7 and directly below the 8. From the 6 going left, the card order should be 5, 4, 3, 2, and Ace.

The dealer sits opposite of the players with a faced down deck of shuffled cards in-front of them. Players bring their own chips to bet with. Every player receives a penny to bet against cards with.

 

How to Play

The dealer begins the game by showing everyone the top card of the deck. The card is then placed face up to the side of the gameplay area. Players then place bets on one of the cards in the tableau. Next the dealer draws two card from the deck and places them face up for all the players to see. The first card is the loser. The second card is the winner. Bets on the first card are lost. Bets on the second card receive 1:1 payout from the dealer.

The flipped over cards are placed to the side and another round begins. Players can move their bets around, keep them where they were or begin placing bets on multiple cards. Multiple players can bet on the same card. Gameplay continues until the deck runs out.

 

Misc. Rules

A player can bet that the winning card is higher than the losing card by placing chips next to the deck. Payout is 1:1.

A player can bet on the losing card by placing a penny on top of their chip. 

When the deck has three cards left, players can bet on the order of the final draw.

If the losing and winning cards are of the same rank, then the dealer receives half of the bet made.

If a player places a bet on a card that has already been drawn four times from the deck, the first person (player or dealer) who notices can say “dead bet” and receive the chips.

History

(A game of Faro in 1895)

(A game of Faro in 1895)

Faro was first played in 18th century France. It was named after the picture of an Egyptian pharaoh that appeared on many French playing cards. The game spread eastward towards Russia and eventually reached the American West in the 1800’s. By 1925, the game became virtually extinct as Baccarat and Blackjack took over as the more popular games at casinos.

For more information about Faro, check out David Parlett’s article here or Pagat.com’s article here.

 

Looking for more card games to play?  Check out this article:

40+ Great Card Games For All Occasions

About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company Upwork.com. You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about card games here and his LinkedIn profile here.

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How to Play Live Casino Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the easiest casino table games to grasp, but it can take you a little longer to master. With the aid of this comprehensive guide on how to play blackjack, we can equip you with the skillset and knowledge to have fun even when you are sat playing against a real dealer in the LiveRoulette live casino.

With over 20 live blackjack tables to choose from at LiveRoulette, there is always an opportunity to play a basic hand of blackjack or dabble with some of the side bet variants that can switch-up your gameplay. Before you get started, why not familiarise yourself with the basics of blackjack and get to grips with an optimal strategy to minimise the house edge.

The on-screen layout of a live blackjack table

From the moment you load up your live casino blackjack table, you will meet a friendly, professionally trained dealer to manage your game. You can see the seven-player seats around the table. Vacant seats will say ‘Sit Here’ and you only need to click to join the action.

The display of your account balance is in the bottom left corner of the screen and you can choose the size of your stake in the ‘Total Bet’ button next to it. Click the inner circle of your seat position once to bet one unit. You can also click on the side bet areas to place additional bets if you wish.

It’s possible to chat with the dealer and the other players at the table in real-time using the ‘Lobby’ button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Card values in live blackjack

The values of cards in a game of blackjack are easy to follow. They correspond to their numerical value displayed on the card. Face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are worth ten, while an Ace can be worth either one or 11 and played however you see fit.

In-play actions available in live blackjack

Hit

By ‘hitting’, you’re requesting an additional card from the dealer to try and improve your hand(s). You can continue to hit cards until your hand value is 21 or greater.

Stand

You can choose to stand on your hand, which means that you are happy with the value of your cards and don’t require any more from the deck. You may choose to stand your hand to avoid exceeding 21 and going bust.

Split

When a dealer gives you two cards of equal value, you can split them. Splitting turns these cards into two separate hands, with the dealer giving you one additional card for each hand. You must pay to split. The additional bet must be equal to your starting stake.

Double Down

If you believe one additional card will improve your hand to defeat the dealer, you may choose to double down. You’ll only get one more card from the deck and you must double your starting stake.

Insurance

Whenever the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, the dealer will offer you an insurance side bet which can cover your losses if the dealer has a blackjack.

How many hands can you play in live blackjack?

You can play as many hands as you want at most live blackjack tables. Wherever there is a vacant seat at the table, you can normally use it to play multiple hands in different seats – providing you have the bankroll for it. Unlike other card games such as Texas Hold’em Poker, where it’s not possible to take up multiple seats at a table, you can do so in blackjack because you are not playing against the other players at the table, only the dealer’s hand.

What does bet behind mean?

At some live casino blackjack tables, you may have the option to ‘bet behind’ another active player at the table. This means that you will be betting on your chosen player’s hand to beat the dealer’s hand. Although you will have no say or control over how the hand turns out, you obviously have a choice as to which player you choose to bet behind.

Each active player at the table will have icons displayed next to their name, displaying how well they are playing. Those on a ‘hot’ or winning streak will usually have a gold medal or star next to their name.

How does the dealer play their hand?

You should now know how to play your blackjack hand at the tables, but do you know how the dealer plays their own hand? Put simply, if the dealer’s first two cards add up to 16 or less, they must hit and take an additional card. If their first two cards value is between 18 and 21, they must stand and take no further cards.

If the dealer has a ‘hard’ 17, they must stand. A hard 17 is a hand that does not contain an ace or has one or more aces with the value at one. If the dealer has a ‘soft’ 17, they must hit and take an additional card. A soft 17 is a hand that does contain an ace with the value being at 11.

The dealer’s hand automatically wins the round if your hand busts, or if the option is available to surrender your hand and half of your original stake. Their hand also wins if it is closer to 21 than yours. If you and the dealer have hands of the same value, then this is a ‘push’. In this event, you receive your original stake in full due to the tied game.

It’s worth noting that the dealer has very little say in how they play their hand. They must adhere to the house rules of standing on hard 17 and hitting on soft 17. Under no circumstances can they change tac and play their hand differently.

Available payouts at the blackjack tables

First and foremost, if you win a hand of live blackjack against the dealer’s hand, you will win a payout worth 1:1. If you bet €10, you’ll receive €10 in winnings, plus your €10 stake back.

It’s a little less straightforward for blackjacks. Some tables payout 6:5 for blackjack, while others will pay 3:2. For example, if you bet €10 and get a blackjack at a 6:5 blackjack table, you’ll receive €12 in winnings, plus your €10 stake back. If you bet €10 and get a blackjack at a 3:2 blackjack table, you’ll get €15 in winnings, plus your €10 stake back.

If you choose to take out the insurance bet, this pays out at 2:1 in the event the dealer lands a natural two-card blackjack.

Side bets in live blackjack

Although bet behind is also considered a side bet option, there are two primary side bets that you can place when sat at most of our live blackjack tables:

  • 21+3
    Let’s start with the 21+3 side bet. This one happens around the first two cards you receive, as well as the dealer’s visible ‘upcard’. If you can form a three-card poker hand using your first two cards and the dealer’s upcard (flush, straight, straight flush or three-of-a-kind) you will win a payout. The size of the payout depends on what kind of poker hand you can form. It typically ranges from 5:1 for a flush through to 100:1 for three-of-a-kind cards of the same suit.
     
  • Perfect Pairs
    Perfect Pairs is the second most popular side bet you’ll find at our live blackjack tables. This optional side bet requires you to find matching card values, card colours or, better still, two identical cards. You can win 5:1 for a Mixed Pair, such as a pair of eights of different suits. You can win 12:1 for a Coloured Pair, like a pair of sixes of the same colour i.e. diamonds or hearts. Finally, you can also bag 25:1 payouts for a Perfect Pair, which is two identical cards.

Understanding optimal strategy in live blackjack

The key to giving yourself the best chance of winning at the live casino blackjack tables is to adopt a smart strategy. A smart strategy is one that minimises the game’s house edge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the betting techniques you should employ as part of an optimal blackjack strategy:

  • Doubling down on 10 and 11
    Some casinos will only allow players to double down on hands when their initial two-card hand is worth 10 or 11. Doubling down on 10 or 11 is a powerful play, particularly if the dealer’s hand is lower. It may even be prudent to double down when your hand is worth nine and the dealer’s hand is of a lower value still.
     
  • Splitting Aces and 8s
    If you have a pair of aces in your hand, this is a hard or soft total of 12. This is rarely a good situation to be in. There’s a high probability of landing a face card or a ten with your next card and going bust. Splitting them gives you a chance to potentially land two blackjacks or two cards valued higher than 12.

    A pair of eights is a hard total of 16, which means there are plenty of cards in the deck that could bust your hand when you hit. Splitting your eights into two hands gives you a chance to land a ten on both hands to achieve 18, which is a respectable outcome in this scenario.
     

  • Avoid taking Insurance
    Whenever the dealer’s upcard is an ace, you will get the chance to buy ‘Insurance’. This requires you to pay half the size of your original stake as a side bet, which pays out 2:1 if the dealer has a blackjack, ensuring you break even for the hand. The dealer will not have a blackjack more than 50% of the time, so Insurance is a statistically bad play – unless you are certain their next card will be a ten.
     
  • Surrender 16 against a ten (if allowed)
    If early or late ‘Surrender’, the best time to use it is when you have a hand value of 16 against the dealer’s ten. There are plenty of cards in the deck that can bust your hand and a similar amount that can give the dealer’s hand an unassailable advantage. That’s why it makes more sense to cut your losses and surrender half your stake in this position.

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How to Play Roulette and Where You Can Find It for Free

Roulette is a casino game with an infinite number of spins.

Players bet on the outcome of the ball in the roulette wheel, or its position relative to numbers on the board or in relation to other numbers.

The game is played by placing bets with chips on various portions of the roulette table, which can correspond either to numbers, colors, or even whether the player is betting “even” or “odd”.

Roulette is a game played with a spinning wheel that has slots for placing bets. In this game, the players place their chips on the table as they choose one of the numbers or colors on the wheel. The croupier spins the wheel and then spins it again after all of the players have placed their bets.

In order to win, you have to bet on a number or color that is coming up in a random fashion under one of those two spins. You can also bet on a specific range of numbers or colors by putting your chips at the back edge of those numbers or colors. There is also an option called “outside bets” which are any other number outside of 0 and 00 that you can place your bet on.

The odds at winning roulette

How to Play King-Jack Suited in Cash Games

When you get dealt King-Jack suited, there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing a flop.

So, I wrote this guide to help you make more money with this hand. Here’s what you’re going to learn:

  • How to Play King-Jack Suited Preflop
  • 3 Tips for When You Miss the Flop (As the Preflop Raiser)
  • 3 Tips for When You Hit the Flop

Let’s dive in!

How to Play King-Jack Suited Preflop

Let’s first take a look at how you should be approaching playing King-Jack suited preflop in almost all situations.

Here are the table positions for your reference:

positions for ace queen 3-betting reference

Unopened Pots

King-Jack suited is a very strong preflop hand, ranking among the top 5-7% of hands. Because of this, it should be open-raised from every position.

Limping is off-limits! Unless you want to win less money, of course.

Against a Raise

The strategy you should employ when facing a raise should depend on:

  • Your position
  • The raiser’s position

 Let’s split this section into three groups:

1. When you’re seated in Middle Position through Button

There are two schools of thought when it comes to playing from these positions generally, both of which can be good:

  1. Play a 3-bet only strategy.
  2. Play a mixed strategy that has both 3-bets and cold-calls.

Both strategies have extremely similar expected value (EV) as long as you apply the appropriate postflop strategy.

If you want to choose a 3-bet or fold strategy, you will want to always 3-bet with KJs. If you’re using a mixed strategy, then you will want to call with KJs as it’s not quite strong enough to be a clear 3-bet for value, nor is it weak enough to 3-bet as a semi-bluff.

2. From the Small Blind

If you play King-Jack suited from the Small Blind when facing a raise, you should always find the 3-bet. Without going into the math, it’s simply strong enough to 3-bet as part of a linear range.

3. From the Big Blind

When you’re in the Big Blind facing a raise, you should never fold King-Jack suited. You should simply call against every position except the Button and Cutoff. In that case, you should 3-bet for value and protection.

Against a 3-Bet

In highly raked games, which is most poker games, preflop solvers show that King-Jack suited is always strong enough to call the 3-bet.

In some preflop scenarios, it can/should also be used as a 4-bet bluff due to its great blocker properties (blocking strong hands that would continue against a 4-bet, thus increasing the bluff’s success rate).

When you’re facing a 3-bet and have the advantage of being in position, you should always call with King-Jack suited. The one somewhat common exception would be if you’re facing a very tight player who 3-bet to a massive size.

Against a 4-Bet

There are two groups of scenarios that you will find yourself in and they require a different approach:

1. You 3-bet from Middle Position through Button and face a 4-bet from the open-raiser.

You should usually fold in this spot. The exception is if you are on the Button facing a 4-bet from the Cutoff, in which case you can call if you think they have a well-built 4-bet range.

2. You 3-bet from Small Blind or Big Blind.

You should only call in this scenario when the Button is the one doing the 4-betting. Otherwise, make the fold.

Keep in mind that it is important to consider your opponent’s 4-betting tendencies. Against a tight 4-bettor, for example, you can usually comfortably fold King-Jack suited facing the 4-bet, regardless of your/their position.

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3 Tips for Playing When You Miss the Flop (As the Preflop Raiser)

Tip #1 – Fire a c-bet when you flop a gutshot, open-ender, or a flush draw

Draws are hands with nut potential, and nutted hands prefer being in as large of a pot as possible. To achieve this goal, it’s best to start building the pot on the flop in case you will hit. You also have a backup plan, which is to win the pot outright by making your opponent fold.

Tip #2 – Fire a c-bet when you flop a double backdoor draw 

By double backdoor, I am referring to having both a backdoor straight draw and a backdoor flush draw. These hands are a bit more disguised than your front door draws when they hit.

These hands also act as range balancers when the front door draws hit. By that, I mean that if you don’t fire c-bets on the flop with them, you will be lacking bluffs when the front door draws hit. And if you play against good players on a regular basis, they may catch on to this imbalance.

Tip #3 – If you whiff the flop completely, it’s best to check and give up

I’m talking about when you have on boards such as or .

On boards like these, King-Jack might have a backdoor straight draw, but because the board is so connected and overall better for the caller’s range, your strategy should be more passive in these situations.

3 Tips for Playing When You Hit the Flop

Tip #1 – Pot control after hitting a second pair in a single raised pot

When the stack-to-pot ratio is high, like in a single raised pot, it’s best to check and pot control with second pairs that are as invulnerable as a Jack or a King. The reason for that is that by betting you don’t get that much value from worse hands, you give some value to better hands, and don’t deny too much equity. 

So, say you open-raise from the Cutoff and the Big Blind calls. The flop comes . It’s better to check back with your King-Jack suited.

Tip #2 – Always fast-play your strong hands

Poker is a game built around getting value when you have a strong hand. Basically, everything a solver does is designed to get paid when it is at the top of its range.

This means that you should almost always lean towards building the pot immediately. When you flop two pair, trips, a straight, or a flush, you should always fast-play your hand.

Tip #3 – Always c-bet with flopped top pairs

A top pair on the flop is a very strong hand that can get a lot of value with a c-bet. This is especially true for top pair with strong kickers.

This means that when holding King-Jack suited on a or type of board, it’s a good idea to start building the pot right from the flop. There are a lot of worse hands that you will get value from right away.

Final Thoughts

King-Jack suited is a highly versatile hand with great nut potential so you will have a lot of fun playing it in a variety of situations. 

It is also a hand that you must learn to play well as you will find yourself playing postflop very often with it. But equipped with the tips that I’ve shared with you in this article, you will be able to find the right decision more frequently and thus make more money!

Do you guys think you should play differently with this hand? Let me know in the comment section down below!

If you want to learn how to play another starting hand, scroll down a bit until you see “Related Articles” and then pick the one that interests you.

Until next time, good luck, grinders!

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