Playing Mulligan Poker
Now and then I’m tempted to check out the various table games based on poker hands. After all, I know the rankings of poker hands and the basic rules of poker, and the games are usually based on these. Which is what the casinos count on when they design the games. These poker-based games are popular at land based casinos as well as online casinos because they are fast and easy to learn and play. Some, like Caribbean Stud Poker, can trace their origins back to cruise ships where games were needed that moved quickly but were accessible to a large number of players. Having recently been on a cruise, I can tell you that the Texas Hold ‘Em table stayed full whenever the casino was open and had a line of players waiting for spots to open up. Texas Hold ‘Em can take some time to play out. But these poker hand based games move faster.
In Mulligan poker, you place a bet and then decide whether or not to place a bonus bet. The bonus bet is a bet that pays out very well if you draw a great hand. Once you’ve done that, you’re dealt a poker hand. You look at the hand and decide whether to keep it or take a Mulligan and be dealt another hand. Now this isn’t video poker where you hold the good cards and discard the bad. Nope, you either hold or discard the entire hand. If you discard the hand or “take a Mulligan” you lose your bonus bet and automatically raise your bet the amount that your ante was. After that, it’s just a matter of seeing if your hand beats the dealer’s hand. It’s a simple game. Which is its appeal. However it’s not a game where strategy really helps your odds. You’re waiting on luck in this game and sometimes luck is hard to find.