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Bonus Six is a poker based game card game, popular in the casinos of Black Hawk, Colorado. As in five-card stud the player gets cards gradually and must keep raising to stay in or fold. The twist in this game is that if the player buys insurance initially he has the option to buy a sixth card if he needs one. Following are the specifics.

Rules
1. The game is played with a single deck of cards, which is shuffled after every hand.

2. The player begins by placing an ante bet. The player may also buy insurance at the cost of half the ante bet. The cost of the insurance policy is never returned.

3. Each player receives two cards face down and one community card dealt face up. All players may use the community card as part of their hand.

4. After looking at his cards player must decide to either bet or fold. If the player folds he forfeits his ante. If player bets he must add to his wager an amount equal to the ante.

5. All players who raised receive a fourth card.

6. Again, all players still in must either bet or fold. If the player folds he loses both his ante and previous bet. If player bets he must add to wager an amount equal to the ante.

7. All player still in receive a fifth card.

8. If the player initially purchases insurance and does not have a paying hand he has the option to buy a sixth card. The cost of the card is equal to the ante. If the player buys the sixth card he may make the best five-card hand among his six cards. The fee for the sixth card is never returned.

9. All players still in are paid according to the pay table below.

Pay Table for Bonus Six
HandPayoff
Royal Flush1000 to 1
Straight Flush100 to 1
Four of a kind50 to 1
Full House20 to 1
Flush6 to 1
Straight4 to 1
Three of a kind3 to 1
Two Pair2 to 1
High pair (6-ace)1 to 1

Strategy
The player should never buy insurance.
With three cards bet with any of the following hands, otherwise fold. A "high card" is a six or greater.

1. Any pair, three of a kind
2. Any 3 to a flush
3. 3 to a straight with at least 2 high cards
4. Any 3 high cards

With four cards bet with any of the following hands, otherwise fold.

1. Any pair, two pair, three of a kind
2. Four to a straight, flush, or straight flush
3. Any 3 high cards

Note that this strategy does not apply if the player buys insurance, which he shouldn't do in the first place.

House Edge
The house edge is 10.42%. To be exact it is 5,417,544/51,979,200. The average bet size is 1.93 units which makes the element of risk 5.41%. If the player buys insurance and plays the appropriate insurance strategy the house edge is 23.83%, with an average bet size of 3.71 units, for an element of risk of 6.42%.

 



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