# Tic Tac Poker Msn

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## Introduction

Tic Tac Toe is a casino game based on the actual game by the same name. A reader told me he saw it at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, LA. There are three bets available: X, O, and a tie. Cards marked X or O are drawn randomly on a tic tac toe board to determine the winning outcome.

## Rules

1. The game utilizes four 52-card decks. Each deck consists of 26 cards marked X and 26 cards marked O.
2. Cards are drawn from the shoe and placed on the 9 squares of the tic tac toe board. Cards are placed until there is a winner (X or O with three in a row), or each square on the board is covered, whichever happens first.
3. A winning bet on X or O shall pay even money. In the event of a tie, bets on X or O shall lose half.
4. A winning bet on a tie shall pay 14 to 1.

## Analysis

The following table shows the probability of 0 to 9 X cards, and the probability of a tie given that number of Xs. The first column is the number of Xs out of 9. The second column is the probability of the given number of Xs on the card. The third column is the conditional probability of a tie, given the number of Xs for that row. The fourth column is the product of the second and third column. The lower right cell shows the probability of a tie is 6.3735%.

### Tie Probability in Tic Tac Toe — Four Decks

Number XsProbabilityConditional Probability of a TieProduct
00.00163100
10.01589800
20.06752600
30.16399100
40.2509550.1269840.031867
50.2509550.1269840.031867
60.16399100
70.06752600
80.01589800
90.00163100
Total1.0000000.063735

If there are 4 Xs and 5 Os, then there are combin(9,4)=126 ways to place the Xs and Os on the board. Of those 126, 16 result in a tie. The image below shows the three tie patterns, and the number of ways each can be rotated or reflected. So the probability of a tie, given 4 or 5 Xs, is 16/126 = 12.70%.

Once it can be accepted that the probability of a tie is 6.3735%, the rest is easy. The probability that there is not a tie is 100%-6.3735% = 93.6265%. The probability of X or O winning is each half of that, or 46.8133%.

The following table shows the probability and contribution to the return of each outcome of the X and O bets. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 3.19%.

### X/O Bet Return — Four Decks

EventProbabilityPaysReturn
Win0.46813310.468133
Tie0.063735-0.5-0.031867
Loss0.468133-1-0.468133
Total1.000000-0.031867

The following table shows the probability and contribution to the return of each outcome of the Tie bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 4.40%.

### Tie Bet Return — Four Decks

EventProbabilityPaysReturn
Win0.063735140.892286
Loss0.936265-1-0.936265
Total1.000000-0.043980

The final table shows the house edge of each bet for 4 to 8 decks, assuming no other rule changes.

### House Edge — 4-8 Decks

DecksX/OTie
43.19%4.40%
53.17%4.78%
63.17%5.03%
73.16%5.20%
83.16%5.34%

Written by:Michael Shackleford
Rating: :: RECOMMENDED
Tic A Tac Poker is a great expression of this poker / tic-tac-toe hybrid. This game ships with many variations and a potentially huge community back end.
Developer: Treemo
Price: \$1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Graphics / Sound [rating:4/5]
Game Controls [rating:4/5]
Gameplay [rating:5/5]
Re-use / Replay Value [rating:4/5]
Overall Rating:

### Tic Tac Poker Msn Free Play

Tic A Tac Poker is a fun casual game in it's own right, it is just scratching the surface of its potential for social gaming.

Tic A Tac Poker comes with three games that all build on the basic premise of combining poker with tic-tac-toe. You are dealt cards and need to lay them out in a 3x3 grid to form poker hands in one of 8 different lines (down, across, diagonal). The better the hand, the higher your score. The different variations of game are described by the developer as:
Tic A Tac Poker

Make as many 3 card poker hands as you can. You get more points for the harder levels (less discards).

Draw Poker

Play 3 or 5 card draw poker head to head against the dealer. Winner of each hand gets to place a card on the game board. Win points by making as many poker hands as you can.

Poker Challenge

Play against the clock as you make the winning poker hand before time runs out.

The games themselves are fun to play and a nice diversion. Well designed and implemented with good graphics for the game style. The variations are a nice touch, both in the game differences themselves and the variations (like number of discards) each game has.

This game also integrates the beginning of a social community. Included are more than just the worldwide leaderboards. Also included are a basic forum and member information system. But it's just the tip of the iceberg on the potential of the social backend that they have developed. A quick look around their company site at treemo.com shows their backend is much more mature and feature packed than what is exposed in this game. That points to the potential of a much more interesting game. And the real interesting things start to happen when you start publishing multiple games on that same back-end.

Currently, the only downside to the social parts of the game are that they are a little slow. With them all being HTML based and accessed via an embedded browser, they tend to be slower than you'd want when not on a Wifi connection.

Overall, this game, even without the community aspects, is fun and well worth the \$1.99 it's currently priced at. Throw in the community and the potential it has to make further improvements to this game and it's a real winner.