About Texas Shootout


About Texas Shootout

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Texas Shootout is a casino poker game based on Texas hold ‘em developed by Galaxy Gaming. It is available in Las Vegas, a number of smaller casinos in the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada.

Method of Play

The game is played with six decks of the standard 52 cards. A player places a bet and can also make an optional side bet. The player receives four cards (as does the dealer) from which he chooses the best two. The player may also use all four cards to make two separate hands, but must match (double) the amount bet. The dealer picks two of his cards according to a set procedure. Five community cards are dealt face up; the players and the dealer make the best five card poker hand from the community cards and their own two cards. If the player has a better hand than the dealer, he is paid even money on his bet. If he ties or has a worse hand, he loses his bet.

The side bet is based solely on the player’s hand. If it is a straight or better, the player is paid. Stronger hands are paid multiples of the side bet; for example, a royal flush may be paid from 200 to 500 times the original side bet, depending on the pay structure chosen by the casino. The best possible hand is five of a kind in the same suit, for which the payout is 1000 to 5000 times. Three of a kind may result in a push (a draw) or the player losing, depending on the casino.

In addition, if the player places a minimum $5 side bet, he may be entitled to an “envy bonus”. If any other player gets five of a kind (not of the same suit) or better, the player will receive a set amount as well, from $10 up to $1000 (for five of a kind of the same suit).

Hand rankings

The hands are ranked the same as regular poker, with the exception (due to the six decks used) of five of a kind. Five of a kind of different suits ranks above four of a kind, but below a straight flush, while five of a kind of the same suit is the best possible hand, beating even a royal flush.

Analysis

According to the Wizard of Odds website, the main bet results in a 2.7% edge for the house over the player. The side bet gives the house an advantage of between 7.2% and 19.8%.

Courtesy of wikipedia.org

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