Boston 5 is a poker based game I noticed at Harrah’s in Las Vegas. The game is owned by New Vision Gaming. Following are the rules, strategy, and house advantage for the game.
Play begins with the player making an ante bet and a “first wager.” The first wager must be exactly double the ante.
There is also an optional 3 card bonus bet. The pay table can vary from casino to casino, see table 1 for one example. The player can not make this bet alone but must play the main game.
Players then receive 3 cards each. Sharing of information between players is not allowed.
If the player made the 3 card bonus bet and has at least a pair then he should show the dealer his cards to receive payment.
After reviewing the first three cards the player must decide to either fold or raise. If the player folds he forfeits his cards and all bets. If the player raises he must make a “second wager” exactly equal to the first wager.
The dealer will then deal each player still in the game two more cards.
Each hand is individually compared to the dealer’s five-card hand, the highest hand wins.
If the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand then the player shall win even money on the first and second wagers, and the ante shall push.
If the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand then the player shall lose his first and second wagers and the ante.
If the player’s hand and dealer’s had are exactly equal in value (highly unlikely) the first and second wagers and the ante shall push.
Regardless of whether the player or dealer has the higher hand the player shall be eligible for …