Triple Shot Game

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Introduction

Triple shot is a new table game I noticed at Harrah’s in Las Vegas. It it three games in one. The player may play War, Blackjack, Poker, or any combination of these games. The three bets are independent so the player may bet any amount on each one, subject to table limits. The game is played with a single deck. The player’s and dealer’s first card determine the outcome of the War bet. Then the player gets another card and plays out his Blackjack hand. Then more cards are dealt to the player to complete a 6-card Poker hand. Finally the dealer plays out is Blackjack hand, settles the Blackjack wagers, and then then pays players according to the value of their 6-card poker hand. Following are the specific rules of each game.

War

Player and dealer each get one card, high card wins. In the event of a tie the player loses half his bet (no, you can’t go to war). The following return table shows the house edge is 2.94%.

Triple Shot – War
Event Probability Pays Return
Win 0.470588 1 0.470588
Loss 0.470588 -1 -0.470588
Tie 0.058824 -0.5 -0.029412

Blackjack

The player will get a second card to play out his blackjack hand. The blackjack rules are:

  • One deck
  • Dealer hits soft 17
  • Player may double on any first two cards
  • Blackjack pays 3 to 2
  • Player may only split aces
  • One card only to split aces, no resplitting
  • Six cards automatically wins

The reason the player can only split aces is to avoid drawing more than 6 cards. The house edge under these rules is 0.39%.

Poker

The following table shows the probability of each hand and the contribution to the total return. Overall the house edge is 3.20%.

Triple Shot – Poker
Event Probability Pays Return
Royal flush 0.000009 100 0.000923
Straight flush 0.000081 30 0.00244
Four of a kind 0.00072 15 0.010804
Full house 0.008153 7 0.057071
Flush 0.010108 5 0.050542
Straight 0.017763 4 0.07105
Three of a kind 0.035963 3 0.10789
Two pair 0.124411 2 0.248821
Queens or better 0.11064 1 0.11064
Nothing 0.692151 -1 -0.692151
Total 1 0 -0.031968