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Paigowdan
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September 21st, 2011 at 12:21:15 PM permalink
I just came across this approved game, which had just passed a field trial at the Rampart.
It's a Baccarat variant that's dealt BJ style.
Rules - How to Play (HTP):

The game is dealt just like traditional Blackjack.
Two cards are dealt to the player with one card face up & two cards to the dealer; one card face down first then one card face up.
Lucky 9 is a two-card total of 9 without any tens or face cards (Example: Ace - 8, 2 -7, 3 - 6 and 4 - 5) and pays 3 to 2. Lucky 9 ties with a Natural 9 (any tens or face cards and a 9) and wins against all three-card totals of 9. Natural 9 pays even money and ties with any hand totals of 9.
Players not dealt a Lucky 9 have the option to Stand, Hit or Split pairs by making a wager equal to the amount of their original wager. Players may not hit on Lucky 9 or Natural 9. Players may split pairs up to three times for a total of four hands and may only receive one additional card per hand. A Lucky 9 resulting from a split will be paid even money and ties with the dealers Lucky 9 or three-card totals of 9.
After all the players have acted on their hands, the dealer will reveal the down card and hit or stand according to the following rules:
Dealerís Total Cards Action
0 to 4 Hit
5 to 9 Stand
The player wins even money if his hand total is closer to 9 than the dealerís hand total, otherwise the playerís wager is a loss. If the playerís hand ties with the dealerís hand, the wager is neither paid nor collected. The dealer will automatically win if the playerís three-card total is 0, 1, or 2, regardless of the dealerís hand total.

Abuan Gaming's Lucky 9 table game
Face book Page

It kind of flew in under the radar, which is not desirable for a new game, as you want "buzz!"
At least ping Mike if you have a new game.
But anyway, always interesting to see.
Good luck to them.
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes - Henry David Thoreau. Like Dealers' uniforms - Dan.
Paigowdan
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September 21st, 2011 at 1:44:04 PM permalink
Actually, I sadly heard it was pulled for a Baccarat table install.
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes - Henry David Thoreau. Like Dealers' uniforms - Dan.
Wizard
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September 21st, 2011 at 4:18:40 PM permalink
I live right the Rampart, so I'm surprised I never heard of it. Then again, I seldom have reason to go in there. Since Dan says it got pulled I won't bother with an analysis.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
NowTheSerpent
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October 6th, 2011 at 10:17:38 AM permalink
Too bad. This looks like a lot of fun, and with the simple Hit/Stand Rules for the dealer, it is fast-paced AND simple.
TaxmanCPA
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October 6th, 2011 at 12:50:12 PM permalink
I spoke with them at G2E yesterday. They claimed that they had in Rampart for 45 days. Their story was new management took over casino operations and elected to remove it.

The said their percentage drop was 20-25%.

So, I don't if the story is true or not (damage control) regarding Rampart removing their game.
Paradigm
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October 7th, 2011 at 12:17:09 PM permalink
That is the story I got from them at G2E as well. The hold figure they told me was 25.6% which is in the desirable zone for a new game. The key is are you getting a good amount of play (i.e. how was the drop compared to Rampart's worst game on the floor). Unless you can bring incremental play as compared to the worst table on the floor, the hold percentage doesn't do much for you.

Personally I liked the game a lot compared to what else was on the floor at G2E. It feels like a stepping stone for non-asian players to get familiar with the Bacc scoring system in a BJ type dealing structure. Is there a niche for it......don't know, but I think it has a better shot than many of the games at SM's booth.
Luckyman
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October 11th, 2011 at 3:11:16 PM permalink
Lucky 9 had a field trial @ Rampart Casino for 45 days, this is one of the requirements the GCB gave Abuangaming. The GCB usually requires new games 90 to 180 days to complete a Field Trial. After the 45 days, the host casino needs to stop operating the game and submit their recommendation. Lucky 9 also passed the required mathematical analysis by the GCB lab department. Rampart Casino and the GCB reported that the game holds 25.26% and advised that the revenue of the game made more than the other games that they have. Surprisingly, most of their regular players played and enjoy the game. Abuangaming was advised Rampart is in the process of a management change and are planning to put an Asian pit where Lucky 9 will be included.
Abuangaming exhibit the game at G2E and received great reviews from Casino Executives and critics alike.
Paradigm
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October 11th, 2011 at 3:33:43 PM permalink
Luckyman, that is great news! I am a fan of the game and enjoyed playing it at G2E. Keep the forum updated on placements as they happen.
Switch
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October 11th, 2011 at 4:40:31 PM permalink
Quote: Luckyman

After the 45 days, the host casino needs to stop operating the game and submit their recommendation.



The host casino is still allowed to operate the game during the approval process.
Luckyman
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October 12th, 2011 at 2:21:24 PM permalink
No wonder they kept on operating the game until I asked for my signage and other materials thinking we are violating GCB directives of 45 days field trial.

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