August 14, 2022

Top 10 side bets to make when playing poker

Whether you’re in a home game with a group of friends or in the busiest room in Las Vegas, there’s a lot of waiting in a game of poker. And if you’re an action junkie, it can cause you to play a lot of hands that you probably shouldn’t just out of boredom.

But there is an antidote to this: in-match side bets. Some of my fondest memories of Casino City Home Game have nothing to do with poker; these are crazy side bets that happened during the game.

The key is to bet for a small amount relative to the stakes. While the average pot in the low stakes Casino City Home Game is around $20, most of our side bets are $1. Side bets get everyone talking and improve the mood of almost everyone, even the one who ends up losing.

Here are the 10 best side bets you can make while playing poker. And if I forgot one that you think belongs on the list, let me know by tweeting me @CasinoCity_AT.

10. Color of the flop
This one is nice and simple. If you play Hold’em Where Omaha (or any other game with a flop), find someone who wants to make a bet prop and choose a color. If you choose red and there are more red cards than black cards on the flop, you win. You can also add a wrinkle with 2:1 payouts if all the cards in the tableau are the same suit. Of course, it could get dangerous. If you’re playing Omaha, you choose red and you have four red cards, you might want to try to retire with a pot-sized raise to prevent the hand from ever hitting the flop!

9. Draw
You’ve heard of coin flips in poker, but what about a literal coin flip? There’s nothing more random (unless someone brought in a biased piece), and I like the poetry of this one, given the game.

8. Dice roll
A die is also often used to produce a random result. And a die presents much more interesting to support wagers than a two-sided coin. You can bet high versus low, odd versus even (both bets at even money), or you can pick two numbers and claim a 2:1 payout, or go for the long odds and pick an exact number for a 5:1 win. Dice bets work especially well when playing Binglaha (read number 4 for the rules of this great game).

7. Sports betting (especially prop betting on Tim Tebow)
If you’re playing poker in a Nevada casino, chances are the bookie isn’t too far away, so it’s pretty easy to put a few bucks on a game you can watch on one of the big screens. . But even if you’re playing in a home game, you can usually find someone who thinks you’re crazy when you say the Colts are going to cover. (Need proof? Listen to the latest episode of The Casino City Gang. Out of 16 NFL games, we usually have a three- or four-game consensus, and there are only three of us. It would be pretty rare to find everyone supporting same side with six or more people present.)

While straight against the spread bets can be fun, ridiculous prop bets can be even more fun. A few weeks ago, when the Jets and Broncos were playing Thursday Night Game on the NFL Network, a few guys in my home game started betting on how many passing yards Tim Tebow would have. They set the line at 120 yards (if you’re having trouble finding good bets or lines, check out an online bookie like bet365 Sportsbook & Racebook or Bodog Sportsbook and Racebook) and spent most of the night sweating the Denver quarterback on every play. The guy who got the upper hand jumped for joy when Tebow completed a 28-yard pass on the first Denver’s offensive play. (He still ended up losing the bet, by the way.) The bet was only $10, but they got a lot of fun out of it. And, because they were betting against each other, they didn’t have to pay the juice.

6. Catch a wave
Jas, a regular at our home game, makes sure we play catch a wave at the end of the gambling almost every week. As soon as he has four players for $5 each, he usually manages to recruit the rest of us by promoting the prize pool, saying whoever wins will get a $20 free tournament. purchase.

Catching a wave is a simple game; players start with a new deck of cards, rotate on top card and must guess whether the next card will be higher or lower. If you guess correctly, you guess again. You keep running until you get it wrong. At that point, your “wave” ends and you count all the cards that have been revealed (the shortest possible “wave” is two). Whoever has the longest run wins the dough.

You can play that ties win, lose, or are removed from play and another card is revealed, but I prefer to play that ties lose, unless you call the tie (instead of higher or lower) , in which case you automatically win, no matter how long your wave is. There aren’t many times where it would make sense to call a tie, but if someone posted a 10+ card wave and you have two cards and you’re looking at an eight, it might be worth the blow.

5. Darts
This is one of the few side bets on my list that involves real skill, but if the man cave you’re playing in has a poker table, chances are there’s a game there too. darts. You can bet on a lot of things at darts, from complete cricket games to the first bullseye to the highest point total on three darts. Be careful; chances are the host had plenty of time to practice!

4. When the delivery driver will arrive
It’s quite common for people attending a poker game to order something from a restaurant that delivers. And if you’re looking for action outside of the game you’re playing, you can set a line over/under when the delivery driver will arrive with your food. Be sure to set the line with your head, not your stomach. Someone who has already eaten might try pushing the line lower to take advantage of your hunger pangs.

You can bet on virtual greyhounds at Paddy Power.

You can bet on virtual greyhounds at Paddy Power.

3. Virtual dog races
I am obsessed with virtual sports offers from several online sportsbooks like Paddy Power Sports Betting, and I can’t believe how realistic the computer generated animations are. And if you have six people ready to make a bet, randomly assign people numbers and cheer your dog on. If you have more than six, you can choose horses or, if you are only two or three, choose your side in a football match (including a draw). The key is random assignment. Then when people see their odds of winning, they may start saying garbage. But even if you’re the favorite, remember that whoever laughs last will laugh the best.

2. Choose a winner in all-in circumstances
In a tournament, when a player is all-in, both players must turn over their cards. When this happens before the flop, turn, or river, it gives everyone at the table a chance to sweat the outcome. It also gives players a chance to try and determine the odds and predict who will win. Half the fun is discussing the price. The other half, of course, is watching to see who will win. Just make sure you don’t take too long to negotiate; there is a hand that needs to be played, and those involved may resent a long wait to determine their fate just because you have a few dollars to gamble on the outcome.

1. Flippaments/Hold’em Lottery
While coin tossing and dice rolling can be fun, there’s something about sweating the outcome of a poker hand that adds to the excitement. A “flippament” (I prefer the term Hold’em lottery) is when players are both dealt two cards, as in texas-holdem. However, they immediately expose their cards and a flop, turn and river are dealt without a betting round. The winner of the hand removes the full amount of the bet. It can be played heads up or with many players. The best part, though, is seeing all the hands and figuring out your odds. You can feel really confident in your poached Ace until you see the other player has flopped a straight flush to design. It adds an element of drama to something that comes down to luck. Coin flips and dice rolls are over too quickly for that.