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Dween
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August 25th, 2011 at 5:33:24 AM permalink
Shut the Box:
Given the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, a player rolls 2 dice, then will "shut" (remove) numbers that total the sum of the dice. Players try to shut all 9 numbers for a perfect game. Remaining numbers are totaled as the player's score, and low score wins.

Just for my own amusement, I've put together a set of rules and wagers that could work in a casino game. It has pros and cons, and probably could use some polishing. I'm not looking to develop this into a real game necessarily, just pipe dreaming.

Pros:
  • Has both "Win" and "Lose" type bets, similar to Pass/Don't Pass in Craps.
  • Has a prop bet, with the possibility of more
  • Has a jackpot bet
  • Has HE of 4.1% to 5.8% on bets, with Jackpot bet HE of 39.2%
Cons:
  • Games last 2 to 8 rolls before resolution
  • Low jackpot (start at $250, increases over time until hit)
  • Multiple players could hit high jackpot - All would be payed jackpot amount, not split
  • No mid-game prop bets (yet?)

I'm going to try to make a simple Flash version of the game, for ease of demonstration.

Has "Shut the Box" ever been attempted in a casino?
Just from the description above, what are your initial thoughts?
Or, would you need more on game mechanics before weighing in?
-Dween!
Tiltpoul
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August 25th, 2011 at 5:39:42 AM permalink
Quote: Dween

Shut the Box:
Has "Shut the Box" ever been attempted in a casino?
Just from the description above, what are your initial thoughts?
Or, would you need more on game mechanics before weighing in?



We've sold Shut the Box where I work, and it always sells out very quickly. As a casino game though, I'm just not sure. It might work better as an electronic game where players would have more control... of course, then they might say it's rigged. I know that it's a popular pub game, but that doesn't always transfer as easily to the casino crowd.

If you do go with it, I wish you the best.
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August 25th, 2011 at 7:15:09 AM permalink
I haven't watched in years, but I seem to recall seeing it on The Price Is Right.
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heather
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August 25th, 2011 at 9:34:44 AM permalink
I could see Liar's Dice as doing even better, particularly given that a Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in could be worked out. Can get LONG with lots of players involved, though.
7outlineaway
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August 25th, 2011 at 9:36:44 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

I haven't watched in years, but I seem to recall seeing it on The Price Is Right.



It was the endgame on High Rollers. In addition to the traditional rules, rolling doubles (hardways) awarded a bonus roll, and leaving just the "1" standing counted as a win.
slyther
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August 25th, 2011 at 9:41:57 AM permalink
I liked High Rollers, hosted by less smug Alex Trebek. :)
MathExtremist
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August 25th, 2011 at 10:22:58 AM permalink
Quote: Dween

Has "Shut the Box" ever been attempted in a casino?


Yes, Ladbrokes has it on their site. They don't say what the paytable is, but it's related to the total number of points remaining (presumably, lower total = higher win).
Edit: I should add that Durango Bill has already done the analysis for that version of the game. His page does list the paytable.
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Dween
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August 25th, 2011 at 10:57:04 AM permalink
It seems as though the Ladbrokes version focuses on two things:
  • Points remaining
  • Slot Machine-type solo play
My thought is a game that is more like a Craps table environment, with the focus being on how many numbers are eliminated, not the total of those remaining.

In my idea, there are rigid rules (a house way, if you will) on how numbers are eliminated on each roll; No player choice there. The game has escalating payouts for better performance on the "Win" bet, and a flat, high payout for the "Lose" bet.

So instead of a player having the option to opt-out of the game, and settle for less than they wagered as a so-called "win", players keep playing until a bad roll, in the hopes of getting a better payout guaranteed.

7-UP wager
$5 minimum, $1000 maximum
Eliminate 7 numbers, pays 1:2
Eliminate 8 numbers, pays 1:1
Eliminate 9 numbers, pays 3:1
Only highest payout is paid.
House edge: 4.18%

LOW-5 wager
$5 minimum, $1000 maximum
Eliminate 1 to 5 numbers, pays 3:1
House edge: 5.43%
-Dween!
Paigowdan
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August 25th, 2011 at 12:07:52 PM permalink
This game's strategy was covered last year here, but without discussing the casino possibility of the game.
' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/questions-and-answers/all-other/2783-whats-the-strategy-for-this-shut-the-box-game/] previous post

I never thought of this game as a casino game, it's kind of slow moving and simplistic, but may work.
The game is kind of a "break the ice with someone" game at a beer bar, that's how I came across it.
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Ayecarumba
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August 25th, 2011 at 2:30:31 PM permalink
While I can appreciate the need for fixing the choices in order to have a "don't" bet option, I'm not sure a "house way" would translate sucessfully in this game. Early choices on which doors to pick can make a big difference on the outcome. Having a fixed sequence can turn potential winning throws into losers.
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