Last Updated: March 27, 2015

# Bet Voyager Hold 'Em

## Introduction

Bet Voyager Hold 'Em is a poker variant made exclusively for the BetVoyager Internet casino. It is like Casino Hold 'Em, except with these changes:

• The pay table applies to the Call bet instead of the Ante.
• The pay table pays more.
• The dealer qualifies with a pair of twos instead of fours.
• If the dealer qualifies and the player wins, then the Ante will push.

## Rules

Following are the full rules of Bet Voyager Hold 'Em. I'm using the term Call for the supplemental bet after the Ante, to be consistent with Casino Hold 'Em. The game help file refers to this as just the "Bet."

1. Play begins with each player making an Ante wager.
2. The dealer gives the player and himself two hole cards and three community cards face up on the table.
3. Each player must decide to either fold or call. If the player folds, then he gives up his cards and his Ante bet. If the player calls, then the Call bet must be equal to two times the Ante bet.
4. The dealer will then deal two more community cards, for a total of five. The dealer will then turn over his own two cards.
5. Both hands shall be scored according the highest poker value of the two hole cards and five community cards.
6. The dealer must have a pair of twos or better to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante will pay even money and the Call bet will push.
7. If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player will lose both the Ante and Call bets.
8. If the dealer qualifies and the player ties the dealer, both Ante and Call bets will push.
9. If the dealer qualifies and the player ties the dealer then both Ante and Call bets will push.

### Call Bet Pay Table

Event Standard Zero
House
Edge
Royal flush 100 100
Straight flush 50 52
Four of a kind 10 14
Full house 4 4
Flush 3 3
Straight 2 2
Three of a kind 2 2

## Analysis

The following table shows the probability and return of all possible outcomes. The lower right cell reflects a house edge of 1.68%.

### Bet Voyager Hold 'Em — Standard Pay Table.

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Player wins with Royal flush 200 750,826,080 0.000027 0.005399
Player wins with Straight flush 100 6,251,353,208 0.000225 0.022476
Player wins with Four of a kind 20 42,261,398,856 0.001519 0.030389
Player wins with Full house 8 610,197,366,756 0.021939 0.175509
Player wins with Flush 6 536,120,449,716 0.019275 0.115652
Player wins with Straight 4 650,765,640,192 0.023397 0.093589
Player wins with Three of a kind 4 857,121,491,136 0.030816 0.123266
Player wins with Two pair 2 3,338,024,435,328 0.120013 0.240026
Player wins with Pair 2 2,225,704,932,972 0.080022 0.160043
Player wins with Nothing 2 - 0.000000 0.000000
Dealer doesn't qualify 1 3,601,995,881,328 0.129504 0.129504
Tie 0 633,524,863,892 0.022777 0.000000
Player folds -1 7,492,558,578,120 0.269383 -0.269383
Player loses -3 7,818,532,806,416 0.281103 -0.843308
Total 0 27,813,810,024,000 1.000000 -0.016838

On average, the player will raise 73.06% of hands. This makes the average final bet amount 1 + 0.7306×2 = 2.46. Thus, the element of risk, or ratio of expected loss to total amount bet, is 1.68%/2.46 = 0.68%.

## Zero House Edge

There is also a "Zero House Edge" version of the game. The only differences are:

• The pay for a straight flush is increased from 50 to 52.
• The pay for a four of a kind is increased from 10 to 14.

The following table shows the probability and return of all possible outcomes under the Zero House Edge pay table. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 0.38%.

### Bet Voyager Hold 'Em — Zero House Edge Pay Table.

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Player wins with Royal flush 200 750,826,080 0.000027 0.005399
Player wins with Straight flush 104 6,255,801,668 0.000225 0.023391
Player wins with Four of a kind 28 42,262,409,268 0.001519 0.042545
Player wins with Full house 8 610,240,023,912 0.021940 0.175521
Player wins with Flush 6 536,216,562,456 0.019279 0.115673
Player wins with Straight 4 650,865,015,024 0.023401 0.093603
Player wins with Three of a kind 4 857,172,647,280 0.030818 0.123273
Player wins with Two pair 2 3,338,597,599,044 0.120034 0.240068
Player wins with Pair 2 2,226,026,655,984 0.080033 0.160066
Player wins with Nothing 2 - 0.000000 0.000000
Dealer doesn't qualify 1 3,602,416,051,008 0.129519 0.129519
Tie 0 633,800,143,736 0.022787 0.000000
Player folds -1 7,487,627,142,600 0.269205 -0.269205
Player loses -3 7,821,579,145,940 0.281212 -0.843636
Total 0 27,813,810,024,000 1.000000 -0.003783

On average, the player will raise 73.06% of hands. This makes the average final bet amount 1 + 0.7306×2 = 2.46. Thus, the element of risk, or ratio of expected loss to total amount bet, is 0.38%/2.46 = 0.15%.

As with all "Zero House Edge" games by Gamesys N.V., the player must pay a 10% commission on any net gambling win per session. A "session" is defined as a period of gambling ending with a time between bets of an hour or more or 24 hours, whichever happens first.

## AA+ Bet

There is also an AA+ side bet, based on the poker value of the player's initial five-card hand only. The following table shows what each hand pays (on a "to one" basis), number of combinations, probability, and return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 2.97%.

### AA+ Bet

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal Flush 100 4 0.000002 0.000154
Straight flush 50 36 0.000014 0.000700
4 of a kind 40 624 0.000240 0.009600
Full house 30 3,744 0.001441 0.043230
Flush 20 5,108 0.001965 0.039300
Straight 10 10,200 0.003925 0.039250
Three of a kind 8 54,912 0.021128 0.169024
Two pair 7 123,552 0.047539 0.332773
Pair of aces 7 84,480 0.032505 0.227535
Other -1 2,316,300 0.891241 -0.891241
Total   2,598,960 1.000000 -0.029675

## Strategy

Sorry, you're on your own with that for now.