Casinos are always looking for the next great game to add to their selection.
Blackjack, roulette, and craps are staples and will probably be available forever, but many of the table game spots seem to have a constant flow of new games in and old games out.
Here's a list of four new table games you need to try this summer. I've included an overview of how to play for each game.
Mississippi Stud poker is a fun new table game where you can bet from one to ten times your original wager depending on the strength of your hand. The game takes a few game mechanics from other popular games and combines them in a new way.
Here's an example:
The bottom paying hand is a pair of jacks or better, just like many popular video poker games.
Here's another example:
It shares some of the same game mechanics as Let It Ride, because you can change the size of your total bet depending on how the hand plays out.
You also have a chance for a big win even though there isn't a progressive jackpot tied to the game. The chance for a big win in a game without a jackpot is just one of the great things about Mississippi Stud.
Here's how to play Mississippi Stud poker:
The first thing you do is place a bet. Think about the size of your bets, because you want to be able to bet up to ten times your initial wager throughout the hand if you need to.
This also dictates how much you should buy in for when you sit down. Buy in for at least 20 times your initial wager, and if you have a cold streak you'll need to buy back in quickly. You never want to have fewer than 10 times your bet--you don't miss out on profitable situations.
Each player at the table gets two cards face down. The dealer places three community cards, like in Texas Hold 'em, face down on the table. You look at your cards and decide if you want to fold or bet. When you place another bet it can be one, two, or three times your original wager. If your original bet was $10 you can bet another $10, $20, or $30.
The dealer turns the first community card over and you have the same four choices. You can fold, or bet one, two, or three times your original wager. The second community card is turned over and you decide to fold or bet one to three times your original wager again.
Finally, the third community card is turned over and players are paid based on the following pay table.
|Poker Hand||Pay Out|
|Royal Flush||500 to 1|
|Straight Flush||100 to 1|
|Four of a Kind||40 to 1|
|Full House||10 to 1|
|Flush||6 to 1|
|Straight||4 to 1|
|Three of a Kind||3 to 1|
|Two Pair||2 to 1|
|Pair of Jacks or Better||1 to 1|
|Pair of 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10's||Push|
The chance to hit a big hand starts with a strong starting hand. If you have a pair of sixes or better, you raise the maximum amount throughout the hand. The worst that can happen is a push.
Starting with a pair of jacks or better is even better because you're already in the money. Starting with a pair and seeing it improve by making two pair, three of a kind, a full house, or four of a kind is when you can really see a big pay day. With a $10 original wager that turns into a full house - with the maximum 10 bets you'll win $1,000.
Players can also participate in the three card bonus side bet. This is a bet placed on only the three community cards and stays in play even if you fold your regular hand.
Here are the pay outs for the tree card bonus game:
|Mini Royal||50 to 1|
|Straight Flush||40 to 1|
|Three of a Kind||30 to 1|
|Straight||6 to 1|
|Flush||4 to 1|
|Pair||1 to 1|
|Any Other Hand||Lose|
The unique new combination of game mechanics and the chance to win big give Mississippi Stud poker a great chance to become a staple in casinos around the world.
Fortune Asia Poker is a new table game similar to Pai Gow Poker.
The deck of cards is the same one used in Pai Gow--the standard 52 cards and a single joker. The joker can be used to complete a royal flush, straight flush, straight, or flush. If it isn't used to complete one of these hands, it acts as an ace.
Here's how you play Fortune Asia Poker:
Each player places a bet and gets seven cards. The dealer also receives seven cards. The player and dealer create three hands using the seven cards: one hand of four cards, one hand of two cards, and a hand with one card.
The four card hand must have a higher hand value than either of the other two hands.
The two card hand must have a higher value than the one card hand.
The four card hand can have a flush or straight, but the two card hand is only ranked as a pair or non-pair. The second hand is still ranked, with a pair being higher than any two non-pair cards. A pair of aces is the best two card hand, and a hand of four; two is the worst two card hand. (If you thought the worst two card hand would be three, two you need to consider the rules again. The two card hand has to rank better than the one card hand so the one card hand would have to have a two or a three. If it has a two the lowest two card hand possible is four, three. If the one card hand holds a three, the worst two card hand is four, two.)
To win you need to have at least two of your hands beat the dealer's hands. When you win the dealer pays even money on your original wager.
The dealer wins all ties.
DJ Wild Poker is a simple game using five wild cards. Players hope for a higher five card hand than the dealer.
All twos are wild and the deck includes a single joker.
To start the game each player bets an equal amount on an ante and a blind.
Once all bets are made the dealer gives each player five cards and also deals five cards to herself. Players then decide to fold or make a play wager equal to two times their ante bet.
When the dealer's hand beats the player's hand the player loses their ante, blind, and play bet.
In the event of a tie, the ante, blind, and play wagers push.
When you win you receive even money on the ante and play wagers and the blind pays based on the following pay table:
|Poker Hand||Pay Out|
|Five Wilds||1000 to 1|
|Royal Flush||50 to 1|
|Five of a Kind||10 to 1|
|Straight Flush||9 to 1|
|Four of a Kind||4 to 1|
|Full House||3 to 1|
|Flush||2 to 1|
|Straight||1 to 1|
|All Other Hands||Push|
Free Bet Blackjack is a neat twist on the classic game of blackjack. Players place their starting bet and have the opportunity to receive free bets for some doubles and splits during the game.
In all rules except the dealer pushes on a 22 instead of busting, Free Bet Blackjack is played the same as regular 21.
The free bet part of the game comes into play when players have the opportunity to split or double down. When you split any pair except ten valued cards (face cards and tens) the dealer places a special token for your second bet.
When you have a hard 9, 10, or 11 and want to double down the dealer also places a special token instead of your wager.
You can also double after splitting with a free bet using the same rules.
If you win the hand all of the special tokens are paid out just like your original wager.
Here's an example:
You place a $25 bet and get a 7 and a 4 for a hard total of 11. You indicate you want to double down and the dealer places the special token where you'd normally place your second bet.
You receive a 10 for a total of 21 and the dealer ends up with 18 so you win. You receive your original $25 back plus $25 for your first bet and another $25 for the win on the free bet.
When you're dealt a natural blackjack you win even if the dealer ends up pushing on a 22 because all player blackjacks are paid before the dealer takes any extra cards.
Free Bet Blackjack also offers an optional side bet called the Push 22. If you play the side wager and the dealer finishes with 22 you win the Push 22 side bet.
Finding new casino games to try is always exciting. You never know when you'll find the next three card poker or let it ride to add to your regular games.
While the odds are all four of these games won't stick around for the long haul, maybe one or two of them will become popular around the world.