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Mar

28

2018

Are Side Bets Worth It?

Casinos often use side bets on table games -- especially blackjack -- to spice up the games and draw a little extra action from players. The house edge on side bets almost always is higher than on the main game. That led a reader to write and ask, "Is there ever a time to make a side bet like 21 + 3 or Lucky Ladies at blackjack, the Dragon Bonus bet at baccarat or the Prime bet in Three Card Poker? [If the house edge is higher], why not just play the regular game and skip the side bet?" In…

Casinos often use side bets on table games -- especially blackjack -- to spice up the games and draw a little extra action from players. The house edge on side bets almost always is higher than on the main game. That led a reader to write and ask, "Is there…

Mar

22

2018

Gaming Odds Explained: 30 To 1 vs. 31 For 1

A craps player wrote to me recently to say he'd found an automated game that looked like it had better odds than he found at table games. "Instead of 30-1 on 2 or 12, it pays 31-1 and instead of 15-1 on 3 or 11 it pays 16-1," he wrote. "Hardways pay 10-1 and 8-1 instead of 9-1 and 7-1." I told him he needed to check the machine again. It was likely the machine was paying odds-for-1 instead of odds-to-1, and that the payoffs he was seeing were just normal returns expressed in a different way. It's common for…

A craps player wrote to me recently to say he'd found an automated game that looked like it had better odds than he found at table games. "Instead of 30-1 on 2 or 12, it pays 31-1 and instead of 15-1 on 3 or 11 it pays 16-1," he wrote.…

Mar

12

2018

New Slots Featuring Pop Culture Icons

Pop culture themes from movies, TV, music and games have long been part of the fun of playing the slots. Let's check out a few of the new themes we'll be playing in the coming year. The Voice International Game Technology turns to reality TV for a five-reel, 40-payline video slot complete with onscreen coaches lending aid to up and coming singers. The Voice delivers an immersive experience with popular songs and video footage from the show, and features celebrity coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Ricky Martin and Rita Ora. The game highlights iconic elements from The Voice including the…

Pop culture themes from movies, TV, music and games have long been part of the fun of playing the slots. Let's check out a few of the new themes we'll be playing in the coming year. The Voice International Game Technology turns to reality TV for a five-reel, 40-payline video…

Mar

06

2018

Monopoly Hot Shot Mashup

Ever since Scientific Games acquired WMS Gaming in 2013 and Bally Technologies in 2014, it's been inevitable that we would see WMS-Bally mashups in new slot machines. Monopoly Hot Shot, on its way for 2018, combines long-standing successes from both companies. With three video reels and nine paylines on Scientific Games' new TwinStar V75 cabinet, the game is played on an elongated 75-inch curved, ultra-high definition 4K resolution display. Monopoly games have been a huge success for WMS under its license from Hasbro since the late 1990s. Bally's Hot Shot play mechanic has resonated with players nearly as long. In…

Ever since Scientific Games acquired WMS Gaming in 2013 and Bally Technologies in 2014, it's been inevitable that we would see WMS-Bally mashups in new slot machines. Monopoly Hot Shot, on its way for 2018, combines long-standing successes from both companies. With three video reels and nine paylines on Scientific…