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September 6, 2018

Think You Have The Skill (And Luck) To Play 888 Casino’s Three Card Poker?

Daniel Smyth September 6, 2018
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The average NJ gambling website game doesn’t have much scope for getting ahead using betting strategies.

When you play slots, you set your bet size and spin. With roulette, it’s much the same story. Baccarat allows you to choose between the bank and player hand but nothing more than that. In reality, there are only a handful of games where you can squeeze an element of skill into the mix and hope to swing the odds in your favor.

Blackjack is the obvious game and video poker is another. However, there is a third and that game is casino poker.

Available in a variety of formats, this game is based on the game you’d commonly see played at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Yes, the rules are slightly different and there is a greater level of luck involved.

But, if you know how to play your cards, there’s an element of skill to this game.

Three’s the magic number

When you log in to 888 Casino, the live dealer lobby now offers a variant known as Three Card Poker.

Essentially a scaled down version of Texas Hold’em, the aim of the game is to make a better hand than the dealer. Now, before we go into the why you should understand basic poker theory, let’s take you through the rules. At the start of a round, you’ll have to place an ante bet of at least $1. This enters you into the game and allows you to see the three cards.

Once you’ve received your hand, you can choose to play or fold. If you elect to play, you’ll have to match your ante bet. When all the bets are in, the dealer reveals their hand and the best one wins based on the rankings below (highest to lowest):

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • Three of a Kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Pair
  • High Card

You vs. the dealer at 888 Casino

For the dealer’s hand to qualify, they need queen-high or better. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, you win by default. If they do, the best-ranked hand takes it.

Three Card Poker payouts

  • Dealer doesn’t qualify = 1:1 on your ante bet/Push on your play bet
  • Dealer qualifies and you win = 1:1 on your ante and play bets.
  • Dealer qualifies and you lose = You lose your ante and play bets.
  • Dealer qualifies and you tie = You push you ante and play bets.

On top of the standard payouts, this live dealer game has a few aces up its sleeve. Firstly, if you’re dealt a straight, three of a kind, or straight flush, you get a bonus worth between 1X and 5X your ante bet. To play for more bonuses, you can place two additional wagers:

Pair Plus Bet: If your three cards make anything from a pair or up, you’ll win money on top of your ante and play bets. Pair Plus payouts range from 1:1 to 100:1.

Six Card Bonus: If yours and the dealer’s cards make a ranked five-card poker hand, you’ll win a bonus. The qualifying hands range from three of a kind (1:1) to a royal flush (1,000:1).

Big decisions can lead to big wins

As you can see, there are plenty of decisions to be made and, moreover, a ton of money to be won. Indeed, a $1 Six Card Bonus bet could return you $1,000 if the stars aligned.

Now, there are a few ways you can think like a poker pro and get the most out of this game. The first is to ignore the bonus bets. Even though they have the greatest potential, they’ll eat away at your profits because they rarely win. The second thing you can do is to understand what constitutes a strong hand and what doesn’t.

The key to knowing whether you should play or fold is to look at the dealer’s requirements. We know the dealer needs at least a queen to qualify and the game uses a 52-card deck. This means they need at least one of 12 cards to qualify.

If you’re holding two of those cards, the chances of the dealer meeting the minimum requirement goes down. Therefore, if you have at least a queen in your hand, it’s worth playing.

Play your pairs at 888 Casino’s live dealer table

Building on this, any pair or better should be an automatic play. Why? Because it’s hard to make a pair in poker. The final tip to keep is never bet more than you can afford.

All professional poker players live and die by their bankroll management skills. If you start betting too much, a bad run can cripple your finances. As a general rule, we’d suggest taking no more than 5 percent of your bankroll to the table. Doing that should allow you to profit when times are good and survive when they’re not.

Away from any strategic considerations, Three Card Poker at 888 Casino is a fun game. Even if you’re not a poker expert, it’s easy to learn and there are plenty of ways to win.

Of course, the game’s RTP is 96.63 percent and there’s an element of luck involved. This means you can’t ever guarantee a win. Even if you employ some of our tips, there’s always a chance things will go against you. However, if you follow some basic strategy, learn to manage your money, and enjoy the experience, you’ll get a lot out of Three Card Poker at 888 Casino.

Ocean Resort Casino Targets The Top Of The NJ Sports Betting Market

Martin Derbyshire September 6, 2018
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Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City has designs on leading the emerging NJ sports betting market. That plan has been clear since even before it opened its doors.

The former $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel reopened as Ocean Resort Casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on June 28, 2018, with sports betting as a major focus.

At Ocean Resort Casino’s licensing hearing in advance of the re-opening, company officials revealed plans to feature a 7,500-square-foot William Hill US-run sportsbook right in the center of the casino floor.

Construction of the sportsbook could not be completed in time for the re-opening. However, Ocean Resort Casino showed its commitment to sports betting by opening up a temporary sportsbook in its place while construction continued.

Then, the week before the start of NFL football season, the new permanent sportsbook was revealed in all its glory.

Ocean Resort Casino opens

Actor Mark Wahlberg was the first person to place a bet at Ocean Resort Casino’s temporary sportsbook. He bet $200 on the NFL’s New England Patriots to win next year’s Super Bowl during the casino’s grand opening.

Borgata’s Race & Sports Book launched June 14, 2018, as the first casino-based sportsbook in New Jersey. Up to the end of July, it remained the top-grossing casino-based sports betting facility in the state, generating a total of more than $1.5 million in NJ sports betting revenue.

However, the William Hill Sports Book at Ocean Resort led all casino-based sportsbooks in July, generating $1.03 million in revenue. The sportsbook at Ocean Resort Casino has actually generated $1.22 million in sports betting revenue since its June 28 launch.

It now appears poised to become the top-grossing casino-based sports betting facility in the state beginning in August 2018.

The permanent sportsbook at Ocean Resort Casino remained under construction heading into the last week of August 2018 before it opened its doors Aug. 31. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Sept. 6 ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles-Atlantic Falcons football game.

The sportsbook occupies an area that once housed Revel’s nightclubs.

$6 million sportsbook still under construction

William Hill US and Ocean Resort Casino reportedly spent $6 million on the 7,500-square-foot facility. It features a wall of television screens and a number of large semi-circular booths.

Officials at William Hill promised the sportsbook will be fully functional by the time the NFL begins its new season, and they delivered. William Hill also operates the sportsbook at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.

While waiting for the new sportsbook to open, however, Ocean Resort Casino launched its NJ gambling website, Ocean Online Casino, less than two weeks after opening its doors.

Ocean Online Casino and mobile sports betting

Ocean Online Casino began a five-day soft launch on July 10, 2018, with a scaled-down version of what the online gambling operation will eventually become. At launch, it featured approximately 50 online slots, six versions of video poker, and electronic table games including blackjack and roulette.

The site is powered by international online gambling software company GAN. Ocean Resort Casino’s original deal with GAN includes plans to launch an online casino and sports betting site directly connected to the Ocean Resort Casino player loyalty rewards program.

The site is still ramping up full-scale online casino operations, and the online sports betting component has yet to launch.

Of course, GAN inked a deal with sports betting solutions supplier SBTech in January 2018 that will ultimately see SBTech supply real-money sports betting services to GAN’s portfolio of US casino operator clients.

The plan includes integrating SBTech’s sports betting solution into GAN’s software platform. William Hill US is handling the retail side of things at Ocean Resort Casino. That presumably leaves the online and mobile sportsbook side to GAN and SBTech.

From Revel to Ocean Resort Casino

Florida developer Glenn Straub purchased Revel Casino Hotel out of bankruptcy for $82 million in 2015. However, Straub could not agree with local authorities over his need for a casino license and never re-opened the property.

Instead, he flipped it to Colorado developer Bruce Deifik in January 2018 for more than $200 million. Deifik immediately re-branded the property Ocean Resort Casino. He procured the necessary licenses and re-opened the property on June 28, 2018, less than six months after buying it.

Ocean Resort Casino now features a 1,399-room hotel. Plus, a 140,000-square-foot casino situated on 20 acres of prime real estate on the AC Boardwalk. In addition to the state-of-the-art sportsbook that’s now up and running, the casino features close to 2,000 slots and 100 table games.

Despite its roller-coaster history, Ocean Resort plans on making its mark in the Atlantic City casino and NJ sports betting world. All signs point to it doing just that.

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