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There’s a new casino game in town. 31 Classic is distinctive in that this game’s winning objectives are based on the players’ card point values (ala blackjack) and the number of suited cards (ala poker). The game is now up and running at the Muckleshoot Casino, in Auburn, WA., and it's live at the Sunset Station Casino in Vegas.
of 31 Classic is to have a winning
three card hand by combining a point value of 17 or higher with up to three
suited cards based on a pre-determined pay table. The dealer does not play. The
point values are scored as in blackjack: 10-J-Q-K are worth 10, Aces are always
11, and the remaining cards are worth their face value. Only suited cards are
tallied to determine the point totals with one exception: 3 of a kind
(trips) can be totaled for a potential win.
This casino game is played with a standard 52 card deck on a blackjack like table with seats for up to seven players and a house dealer. Players must first make an ante wager before play begins. An optional Natural 31 Bonus wager can also be made where the win is determined by the value of the initial three cards dealt.
The dealer will then pitch three cards to each player face down, and one card in the Draw position in front of each player, which remains face down until play ends. After reviewing their three cards, all players must make one of two decisions:
- Fold - Players forfeit the ante and optional bets.
- Play – Make a Play wager equal to the ante.
If a player makes the play bet, all four cards are revealed by the dealer to determine win/loss. As per the aforementioned, only suited cards are totaled with the exception of 3 of a Kind (Trips).
following pay tables are the winning amounts for the points shown on the Play wager. The Ante bet always pays 1 to 1 except for Any 17 on the base game,
where the bet pushes:
Base Game Pay Table
Hand Total Payout
Any 17 1 to 1
18-23 1 to 1
24-27 2 to 1
28-29 3 to 1
30 4 to 1
Trips 6 to 1
31 10 to 1
Mini-Royal 20 to 1
Optional Natural 31 Bonus Table
3 Card Total Payout
16-21 1 to 1
22-25 5 to 1
26-28 10 to 1
29-30 15 to 1
Trips 30 to1
31 100 to 1
Mini-Royal 200 to 1
The House Edge for the base game is about 2.6% The edge for the optional Natural 31 bonus bet is about 6.08 %.
The following basic strategy is recommended for this casino game. Play if you have:
- A suited 15 or better (two suited cards)
- 3 unsuited cards, each with a value of 7 or higher
- 2 opposing suits with a value of 9 or higher
- A pair of 7's or better
- A pair of 2's - 6's holding a suited 10 or better
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