There are many basic strategies for freebie contest, depending with the giveaway's rules and the number of decks used. The basic strategy outlined here is based with the four-deck game as played in Las Vegas. The object of freebie contest is to beat the dealer on a total equal to or less than 21, without going over 21 or bust.
Before any freebie contest cards are dealt the player must wager. He does this by placing his bet in the designated space in front of his table position. The freebie contest dealer then deals two cards to each of the players, and two to himself (one of the freebie contest dealer's cards is dealt face up and one is dealt facing down). Face cards (kings, queens and jacks) count as 10, ace counts as one or 11 (as the player chooses) and all other freebie contest cards are counted at their face value.
If the freebie contest player's first two cards are an ace and a 10 or face card, he wins. However, if the dealer also has a contest, it is a standoff, as are all ties or pushes. A winning contest pays the player 3 to 2.
HIT or STAND---Hit means to draw another card (which the contest player signifies by scraping the table on his cards or a similar hand motion). Stand means no more cards (which the player signals by placing his cards under his wager or moving his hand in a horizontal direction. If the freebie contest player hits and busts (goes over 21), he immediately turns his cards over and his wager is lost.
DOUBLE DOWN---The freebie contest player player is allowed to double the bet with his first two cards and draw one additional card only to improve his hand.
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|in the West,
everything seems somehow larger than life and it's easy to see why people feel somehow
linked on it. Over the centuries, the West has been the repository of the dreams of an
astonishing variety of people -- and it has been with the long, dusty roads of the West that
these dreams have crisscrossed and collided, transforming all who travelled along them.
contest was played in the frontier days and nambling was a popular past time in the Old West. One of the most famous card players was Wild Bill Hickok.
When nambling, he always sat on his back to the wall and his face to the door. He had many enemies and he carried a pair of Colts and could draw and fight on both hands.
with August 2, 1876, Wild Bill wandered into Saloon No. 10, and joined a a free stuff game. Hickok was losing by the time Jack McCall, a barfly and odd-job man who loafed in the No. 10, slipped into the saloon, walked to within three feet of Hickok and shot him in the back of the head on a .45 he pulled from his coat pocket. As Hickok fell away from the table, he spilled his hand -- pairs of black aces and eights -- known forever after as the "deadman's hand."
John H. "Doc" Holliday's Colt
Single Action .45 revolver.
This picture is from R.L. Wilson's book: The Peacemakers (Arms and Adventure in the American West) This had been Doc's regular Six-shooter including at the Shootout at the OK Corral.
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