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Crazy 4 Poker Goof

Crazy 4 Poker (C4P) is one of the more popular poker variants. As I discussed in this post, it is extraordinarily tough for a hole-card player to get an edge. That doesn't mean an edge is impossible. In a recent disaster at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio, a whole bunch of APs enjoyed an edge of over 30% for a sustained period of time. And they didn't do a single thing more than play by the rules of the game. Let me explain.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
February 13, 2013

Crazy 4 Poker Hole-Card Play

Crazy 4 Poker (C4P) has been among the most popular proprietary table games for many years.  The only games that have had more placements in Las Vegas over the last 5 years are Three Card Poker and Let-it-Ride. It follows that advantage players are going to give this game a very close look.  C4P has the key ingredient for a hole-card weakness: the player gets to make a strategic decision (fold/raise 1/raise 3) after the player and dealer receive their cards. The problem for the AP is that the amount of information that one hole-card yields is not enough to swing the edge his way.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
July 3, 2017