Last Updated: May 11, 2012

# Fortune 8

## Introduction

Fortune 8 is one of about 40 games legal in Macau. As far as I know, nobody there offers the game, but it never hurts to be prepared in case somebody does.

I've analyzed some pretty easy games, but Fortune 8 sets a new record for the simplest casino game I have ever seen. I'll save the details in the rules section.

## Rules

1. One to eight standard 52-card decks can be used.
2. There are three bets available: Low, High, and Fortune 8.
3. After wagers are places the dealer will deal a single card to each player.
4. Low bets shall win if the player's card is 2 to 7. Winnings bets pay 1 to 1.
5. High bets shall win if the player's card is 9 to ace. Winning bets pay 1 to 1.
6. Fortune 8 bets win if the player's card is an 8. Winning bets pay 11 to 1.

## Odds

The following table shows the possible outcomes of the Low and High bets. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.69%.

### Low and High Bets

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1 6 0.461538 0.461538
Lose -1 7 0.538462 -0.538462
Total   13 1.000000 -0.076923

The following next shows the possible outcomes of the Fortune 8 bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.69%.

### Fortune 8

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 11 1 0.076923 0.846154
Lose -1 12 0.923077 -0.923077
Total   13 1.000000 -0.076923

## Strategy

If you're not a card counter, then it makes no difference what you bet on. The house edge is 7.69% on all three bets. If you are, and the game is dealt from a shoe, then you have gone to card-counter heaven.

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