02 August 2008

Crown & Anchor: Fun But Deadly

This Wikipedia page has a petty good description of how Crown & Anchor is played. If you follow through to the description of "chuck-a-luck", you can find an analysis of the odds. For the simple 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1 payouts we get in Bermuda, you can expect to lose 7.9% of your money.

I've seen the chuck-a-luck game at Foxwoods casino in Connecticut, where it featured the additional payouts described on the Wikipedia page. That's when I realized what an edge the Bermudian version of the game gives to the house!

But I'd take the Bermudian version of the game any day, thanks to the atmosphere, action, and of course, the free drinks.

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