Palace Station doesn't seem to be the proper market for this type of game. If they're getting it free after the field trial, and it stays in while you try to sell it elsewhere, then you'll have a good selling point. If not, this game seems doomed at there.
I thought most, if not all, field trial tables are free for life.
Finally, this opinion may be controversial, but I'd at least consider hiring shills to play it. Preferably female. Most players hate to be the guinea pig on a new game so it is very helpful to see other players on the game already.
How do you compensate the shills? What is the fair hourly rate?
I am sure the shills are playing with your money. Who pockets the winning if there is any?
I have no inside knowledge of the industry, but from personal experience, resolving side bets always seems to be a big factor in hands per hour. Most BJ games I see either have no side bets or if they do, rarely have many people playing them.Quote: kobalj
Does that seem correct or am I missing something? If so please explain.
Carnival games, on the other hand, usually seem to have them, and just about everybody plays them. In fact, I sometimes get berated if I don't play the side bet!
Have you factored resolving the side bet into your hph analysis?
Edit: Forgot to say 'congrats' on the field trial! Best of luck with your game going forward!
... it is now official as of yesterday, the field trial is at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino in Natchez, Ms. I am beyond stoked!! I appreciate all of the help from so many of you guys. For those who think it won't work the odds are on your side. But opinion time is just about over. The results will speak for themselves.
Congratulations on getting the field trial!
This is a rare accomplishment for a new game inventor, and you've taken an important step in testing the real world viability of your game.
Please post the start date when you know it.
Not sure that can be an accurate statement. Casino War is make a bet, deal a player card and dealer card, resolve wagers...I don't know of any live table game that has a higher hands per hour than Casino War.
Here is a write up on BBB's Ultimate Casino War that was in play at Barona (not sure of current status) Ultimate Casino War. I believe it was offered as "One for the Money" in at least one card room in WA. BBB's game added a couple of basic strategy decisions to standard Casino War.
Simple and engaging for repetitive play by the same players is a very tough recipe...in fact you could say it is worth millions due to scarcity!!
Thanks, Paradigm! Last I heard (January) it's being played at Crowne Melbourne (Australia) as Poker War, may still be at Barona as Ultimate Casino War, and is in Birmingham, England at Genting's as One for the Money. Might be at one other British casino.
Kobalj; congrats on the field trial! I wish you much success and many placements.
Thanks for the compliments. I have enjoyed this process. It's by no means an easy one. It definitely takes thick skin to handle all of the rejection and perseverance. For me personally, I feel like I learn something every single day yet still feel I've only scratched the surface on understanding what's what. However, I know it's right up my alley b/c it has my passion meter on a level it hasn't been at in a long, long, time.