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Dazzling Three Card Poker Run
by Mark French,
Copyright © 2006
There are days you
have good cards. And there are days you have great cards. One day at
The Mirage in Las Vegas, I had what can only be described as “dazzling
vacation in Vegas had just begun. It was March, 2003, and my wife, Diane,
was still unpacking up in the room. Now, I know better than to rush into
things, but I wanted to test the gambling waters downstairs in that
sumptuous casino. Most gamblers (including me) don’t expect to have a
fantastic run right out of the gate. They usually think in terms of
conservative “money management”, where you try to stretch your bankroll
over many successive days. Large bets and fast earnings are for later.
But that’s not what
happened at the Three Card Poker table. I started off with a twenty
dollar bet on the “Ante” spot, and a ten dollar bet on “Pair Plus,”
figuring that I could lose the top bet and still break even if I beat the
dealer. Wham! I got a flush, so I obviously played the hand with another
twenty dollars on the “Play” spot. Luckily, the dealer managed to come up
with King something. Total won: $80.00.
“Nice start.” I said to myself. I dearly hope this trip doesn’t help
MGM-Mirage build another casino. “Let’s see what happens now.” I mused.
I placed the exact same bet on the table, and the dealer gave me the same
wonderful hand. Only this time the flush was in spades. Cha-Ching!
You would have thought I won the Irish Sweepstakes by the smile on my
face. I even tipped the dealer ten bucks as I recounted my little
bonanza. And since I was alone at the table, the dealer was almost
immediately ready again. I decided to double my bet, with twenty dollars
on the Pair Plus bet and forty dollars on the Ante spot. “Dare we ask
again?” I said to the dealer.
glorious flush came flowing through, again in spades. The dealer had a
pair of Aces, so qualifying wasn’t a problem. The total won for this hand
was $160. while the grand total was now $320.
A gambler never knows when a winning streak comes to an end, so I long ago
developed a method to tell me when to quit. It’s called “Lose a hand…
then leave.” I figure this simple little method has saved me lots of
money over the years, so I employed it here at The Mirage. I
pushed things for another five winners, upping the bet several times. And
before I lost a hand, I received a set of three Queens. Cha-Ching!
This dazzling run
in Three Card Poker made me over $2,800. while my wife was still