charliepatrick
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November 18th, 2015 at 5:13:20 AM permalink
Part 4
12 – Two For The Show ( https://www.shufflemaster.com/Table-Products/Table-Games/Specialty-Games/Two-for-the-Show )
This is an Ante / Raise x1 game with a side-bet on your hand.
Essentially, from a single deck, you get seven cards and the only thing that matters is your best Pair (which may be part of a Trips or Quads). Trips, straights, flushes etc only count towards the side-bet.
The dealer qualifies with any pair and, as in three-card poker, only pays the Ante if not qualifying. There is also a bonus for winning with a Pair of Aces (where Ante is paid 2/1).
It was a very simple game to play but can be quite annoying, since the odds favour getting higher pairs, and you have to play most low pairs.

14 – Blackjack Envy
This is a side-bet that pays if any player (and I think the dealer as well) has a Blackjack and pays odds depending on how many players there are.

15 – Roulette Double Hit
This is a follow-up and uses two 20-sided dice (0 00 1-18) on a roulette-style layout. Each bet has two chances to win and also a chance of a double win for a big pay-out.
It does seem interesting to allow players to roll the dice, whilst offering the chances of long odds.

16 – Trip Cards Second-Hand Poker
Nice idea and uses a mandatory side-bet mechanism to allow the player more options for their Three-Card Poker game.
There is no Ante/Raise and the Dealer always “Qualifies”, thus there’s always a chance for a bad hand to win. The other nice feature is you can swap your first two cards if both are Jacks or lower – obviously you don’t have to with (say) suited connectors.
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November 18th, 2015 at 5:14:11 AM permalink
Part 5
17 – Pai Jack

I like Pai Gow style games so was looking forward to seeing this in action. Also the layout, with its dragon, is very appealing.

The basic idea is to create a Hi and Lo Blackjack hand, except you have to put three cards in the High hand and two in the Low hand. As in Pai Gow (i) the Low hand cannot outrank the High hand; (ii) House wins all ties; (iii) only pays out when both hands win; (iv) Player loses when both hands lose/tie.

Like other games there is a House Way, in this case to set the best High hand, and let the Low hand be what’s left. A Player Ace-X-X (X=KQJ or 10) is an automatic winner (this happens 13% of the time), but considered 21 for the Dealer.

It’s an interesting game, but like Lucky 13’s Blackjack has the downside that you can bust if you cannot set your High hand to a total of 21 or less (e.g. Q Q 9 7 6). Of course the Dealer may bust as well and pays out everyone still in the game. However I prefer to still be in the game with a 1/2 (PGT) or Queen-high (PGP) and sometimes escape with the occasional standoff, rather than be bust out of the game.

I enjoyed the game a lot, but my feeling is there seems to be too much in the Banker’s favour where Ties win and the Player busts first – I was told the House Edge is fairly high.

Mathematically in Pai Gow games a simpler House Way gives some advantage to the Player (who can adopt a different strategy), but this usually less than ¾%. However here the Ties-Win gives a large advantage especially as the dealer makes 21 over 48% of the time, and I’m guessing unless you can’t make 18+ you make Best High as well.
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November 18th, 2015 at 5:22:06 AM permalink
Part 6
18 – Field
This was a simple side-bet for Blackjack that paid if your total was 12-16 and included a picture.
There are so many side-bets for Blackjack that new ones have to be interesting or original. I can see that it’s trying to be insurance, since it pays when you have a bad Blackjack hand, but my personal opinion is that this isn’t a show stopper.

19 – Three Dice Football
This is American Football (so in the UK there will be few people who understand it, especially as it’s no longer shown weekly on free TV!) My first impression was that it looked complicated, I guess rather like a Craps table might to a novice, with the field of play and various prop bets.
I watched a few rolls, understood the concept of three downs to make 10 yards (20 in total to make the touchdown) but it wasn’t immediately obvious why yards were gained or lost. It transpires the two green ones add positive yards and the red one subtracts them – thus 1 1 -6 or 1 2 -6 is bad news!
There were two types of bets (i) the result of the game and (ii) one-roll bets. However my feeling is it might take on but seems complicated compared to the other dice games being shown.

20 – Bonza Pup
On the surface you make two bets and are paid based on the Poker hand your two cards and the three community cards will make. However when you play it, basically it’s a method to allow a pay-out of 1 to 2 for a Pair, and higher pay-outs for better hands.

21 – Three Card Double Play
This game concept has actually been around for a while (or perhaps something very similar) and is based on Players making two three-card poker hands from six cards. Initially Players make two bets, on the High and Low hands. You can optionally raise both (or none). The Dealer then makes one hand from five-cards and the hands are compared and win or lose. The money is made if your Low hand wins with a good hand, then you can get some nice bonuses.
- http://www.gamingfloor.com/pressrel2008/RavingConsulting_2008TableGameWinners.pdf
- http://www.wsgc.wa.gov/activities/game-rules/3-card-double-play-poker.pdf
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November 18th, 2015 at 5:25:46 AM permalink
Part 7
22 – Six Shooter

This is a very social game and a great idea; with some tweaking and addition of side-bets I think this game will work very well.

The objective is for the Player to knock out every Dealer’s dice as quickly as possible by rolling dice whose faces match. The odds are 12/1 for the first roll, 8/5 for the second, and Evens for needing three rolls.

The Dealer rolls six (red) dice and sets them aside in numerical order (1 to 6). The shooter has three rolls, with three (green) dice, in an attempt to match every number that has been rolled. A Player dice knocks out all Dealer dice whose faces have the same value; the Player wins if there are no Dealer’s dice left.

If the Dealer rolled 1 2 3 3 4 6 and the Player first rolled 2 4 5 (see picture) then the Dealer would be left with 1 3 3 6. On the next roll a 2 3 4 would take out the two 3’s leaving 1 6. A third roll of 1 5 6 would win.

This game works because of the various tensions that are set up. The 3rd roll can be exciting: sometimes there’s only one number left to get so one feels good; or there’s now only a slim chance of getting the remaining points.

From a casino perspective it as a high variance as everyone is on the same side – at present that’s the only bet on the table (which is why side-bets are needed).

Since initially writing the report the game has been discussed earlier in this thread.

23 – Foot Bo
This is Sic Bo (totals of three dice) with a few additional bets.
At a previous showcase there was a game that used a “Goal” idea where a total of (say) 8-13 was a score, and others were hit the post or miss. As such that one had a simple idea without all the SicBo bets.
This game uses a similar idea but has also kept the 4-17 bets and a few others.
MrCasinoGames
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November 18th, 2015 at 2:09:38 PM permalink
Hi charliepatrick,

Very nice report. You have done a great job.

Just to update you, one of my game has made it to the next stage of the trial process.
Stephen Au-Yeung (Legend of New Table Games®) NewTableGames.com
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November 18th, 2015 at 3:17:58 PM permalink
That's good news - one of the sad things is not hearing enough about which ones get trialled where - it's nice to see how things are going in a live environment. See you at the next one and thanks for the dice.
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November 18th, 2015 at 4:25:42 PM permalink
Quote: charliepatrick

See you at the next one and thanks for the dice.


Yes, see you in the next one, and you are welcome.
Stephen Au-Yeung (Legend of New Table Games®) NewTableGames.com

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