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Center Or Proposition Bets

In the center of the layout stand a myriad of possible bets for the player. All these are under the control of the stickman rather than the standing dealer. At the outset of this section we'll simply state that none of these wagers, which we'll discuss fully, are worthwhile for the gambler, and all should be avoided.

The first bets we'll discuss are the one-roll bets, which last for only one roll of the dice, and are won or lost at once. Therefore, a one-roll bet is always working, since the next roll of the dice will determine its outcome.

Five-Card Stud
In Australia, they like to play draw with a stripped deck: All the cards deuce through six are removed. This changes the card-drawing odds considerably. It becomes more difficult to make a flush than a full house think about that; if it makes sense, you're on your way to becoming a poker player), and so a flush beats a full house in that game.

A friend of mine once played in such a draw game for five hours without knowing the flush/full house dichotomy-and he was winning $300 in a $5-10 game! This might seem implausible, but both of these hands are so strong that in limit draw you'd play them just about the same. Disaster could strike if someone turned over a full house and you mucked a flush, but my friend never ran into that problem.

Each player antes prior to receiving two cards, one dealt face-down and one face-up. The low card is forced to initiate the betting. The bring-in bet is generally a fourth to a third of the minimum bet. Anyone can complete the bet (raise to the minimum), or just call. In succeeding rounds, the highest hand always gets the option to initiate the betting.
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