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John Grochowski

John Grochowski

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Players have a shot at some cool cash in the “Heat of Summer” slot tournament Aug. 12-13 a Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. A $125 buy-in includes entry in the two-day tournament, a one-night hotel stay, a registration buffet dinner for two and an awards luncheon for two. Visit bluechipcasino.com.

Updated: September 4, 2012 6:05AM



One of my true loves among electronic casino games is Triple Play Poker. I like that I can break even or better with one decent pay even if two hands are losers. I like that I’m paid three times over when I’m dealt a big winner. I’ve never been dealt a royal flush, but I have been dealt four wild deuces and gotten that 1,000-coin return three times over.

Problem is, it’s difficult to find a decent pay table on Triple Play if you’re not willing to bet the big bucks. So on an overnight trip to the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, I was happy to find Deuces Wild game the late video poker guru Lenny Frome nicknamed “Illinois Deuces.”

With expert play, it returns 98.9 percent, and Blue Chip had it on quarter Triple Play games. Among the identifiers are 4-for-1 payoffs on both four of a kind and full houses, and 3-for-1 on flushes.

It doesn’t take triple the bankroll to stay in action on Triple Play. For a one-hour session it takes $305 to keep the risk of ruin to about 5 percent on Triple Play. On a single-hand game, the bankroll needs drop to $130.

I played for just over an hour, and cashed in for $102.50 after buying in for $100. I was down to $18.75 at one point, but came back with a couple of hands straight out of the Illinois Deuces strategy playbook.

In the first, I was dealt Ace, King, 10 and 4 of hearts, along with a 2 of clubs. The wild Deuce makes that a flush. At 15 credits per flush, it would have been easy to take that pay three times to pad my depleted bankroll. But the expert play is to discard the 4, so Queen or Jack of hearts or any 2 would bring a wild royal flush. I wound up with two losing hands, but the middle hand was a wild royal for 125 coins.

On the other, I was dealt Ace-Ace-5-5-7 of mixed suits. On many Deuces games, the proper play is to hold one pair. But with full houses paying as much as four of a kind, it’s better to hold both pairs. I got lucky, filling in all three full houses and added 60 more credits to the comeback.

A little strategy, a little luck, and finding the right game — that’s a combination that gives you a chance.

John Grochowski is a local freelance writer. Look for him on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/7lzdt44); Twitter (@GrochowskiJ) and at casinoanswerman.com.



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