Think Poker

Published: 19/05/2013

In the realm of sports betting, one of the hottest new trends is “in running” wagering. Rather than bet solely on the outcome of an event, it is possible to take a stake in each and every aspect of play as the action occurs. But what would happen if in-running wagers were applied to a game like Texas Hold’em? The result would be “Think Poker.”

The Think Poker display features a standard poker table with four player positions labeled Mike, Fred, Peter and Me. Across the top of the display under the logo are indicators for the betting rounds: Pre-Flop, Flop, Turn, River and Showdown. Directly below the round indicators are hand controls for Deal My Cards, Show All Cards, Deal Flop and Play Out Hand.

In the middle of the table the game’s five community cards have already been dealt, face down, with a “More Bets” button underneath. Each player position also has its own Bet Box below the player’s two hole cards, and a “Bet on Hand” button that allows wagering on specific hand outcomes for that player. At the bottom of the display is the summary of wagers in a list format with columns for “Selection,” “Odds,” “Stake” and “Payout.” There is also a red “X” at the end of each line entry to cancel the bet, if desired. Counters for the “Total Stake” and “Payout So Far” can be seen to the right of the List.

The most basic initial wager is a straight forward bet on which one of the four player positions will win the hand at starting odds of 3.81X if no cards are showing. The amounts available for wagering are from €0.50 to €100. Should the player prefer to wager with all four hands showing, clicking on Show All Hands will reveal all of the hole cards and adjust the payout odds accordingly.

It is also possible to bet on the specific ranks of the final hands for each position, from No Pair to Royal Flush, by using the Bet on Hand button. Again, the wagers may range from €0.50 to €100 for hands valued at a Full House or lower, but there are betting caps in place for Four of a Kind or higher so that the maximum possible payout is no more than €10,000 per wager.

Using the More Bets buttons reveals a wide variety of additional wagers that can be made, including “Single Card Bets” on the Turn and River as well as “Multiple Card Bets” on the Flop, All Table Cards and the Turn/River. There is also a section for betting on the rank of the winning hand regardless of which player position wins.

Once all of the Pre-Flop bets have been made, clicking on Deal Flop will turn over the first three community cards. Any losing wagers will be identified by an “L” in place of the red X on the summary of wagers. Any winning wagers will be identified with a “W” and the amount won will be posted to the Payout So Far counter. Any wagers still in play after the flop will be marked “P” and cannot be changed.

Again, the player has the option to wager on the turn by using the various Bet buttons. Note that odds will have changed according to the cards already showing and any types of bets no longer available (such as a Royal Flush or any flop related bets) will be taken out of play. Clicking on “Deal Turn” will reveal will reveal the fourth community card, and then there is another round of wagering opportunities. Clicking on “Deal River” will reveal the fifth community card, followed by a final round of betting if any hole cards are still not showing.

To speed the game along, the Play Out Hand button can be used to skip straight to the Showdown. It is also possible to play rounds of the hand without wagering at all, waiting until a potentially lucrative betting situation arises. Once a hand has been fully played out and the rank of each hand will be displayed over its open hole cards and the winning position will light up in yellow. A “Play Again” button will appear above the community cards to start the next hand with new players taking up the positions, such as Ann, Carrol, John or David, to name a few.

Published on: 19/05/2013

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