“Texas Shootout” is a modified derivative of the popular poker games “Texas Hold’em” and “Pineapple”. The game is played at a blackjack-style table, using six standard decks of 52 cards each, dealt from a shoe by a house dealer. After all players have placed their wager, the dealer deals to each player position and to themselves, four cards face down. Each player determines which two of their four cards they wish to play and discards the two unused cards. Then the dealer exposes the house hand and determines which two of the four cards they will play according to a predetermined “house-way” strategy.
Next, the dealer deals five cards, face up, in the center of the table. These five cards are common cards and, in addition to their two-card hand, are used by all players and the dealer to make the best possible five-card poker hand. The object of the game is for the player to have a higher ranking hand then the dealer.
If a player has a higher hand then the dealer, they are paid even money on their wager. If the player’s hand is lower than or equal to the dealer’s hand, the player loses their wager. There are two variations to the basic game play described above. First, in the event a player wishes to split their initial four cards into two, two card hands, they may do so at any time. To do so the player must match their original wager and play both hands. Second, there is an optional independent side bet wager, known as “Shootout Bonus”, whereby a player attempts to obtain one of several predetermined poker rankings and is paid odds according to the ranking obtained. If the player’s Shootout Bonus wager is at least five dollars, they qualify for the “Envy Bonus” feature. The Envy Bonus is paid to a player if any other hand, (excluding the dealer’s hand), contains any of certain pre-determined arrangements of the cards.