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Best casino game?

jemsmodit
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Best casino game?

Postby jemsmodit » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:38 pm

What is the best casino game in your opinion?
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Postby thePOGG » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:11 pm

Hey jemsmodit - welcome to the forum!

Personally I'm a bigger fan of table games than slots games and I like an interesting variation. Side bets not so much, but a change on a format. Some great examples imo are

Blackjack Switch - Like blackjack, but you play two hands and can swap the top card of the two hands

Three Card Second Chance - a Three Card Poker variant that allows you to redeal if you're not happy with your hand

Power Blackjack - Blackjack again except it offers the chance to replace a double card or split 15s and 16s

I'm really looking forward to Geoff Halls new games Free Bet Blackjack and Zapit.
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Postby UK-21 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:59 am

thePOGG wrote: . . . I'm really looking forward to Geoff Halls new games Free Bet Blackjack and Zapit.


I found freebet Blackjack on offer at the Gala in Leicester back last October. My daughter who was with me was asking about the pros and cons. Pros, you don't have to put more chips out to "double down", you just get paid 2:1, rather than 1:1, if you win the hand. Cons, when the dealer hits 22, it's a push rather than a player win.

I haven't done the sums, but I suspect the probability of the dealer catching 22 is greater than that of being presented with a "correct" double down opportunity. Not sure what the outcome would be if one was to double down on every hand under twelve, and rely on the dealer to bust out in order to win? Clearly some such plays would not be optimal (although "optimal" - basic strategy - is based on having to double the wager to play the hand), but it doesn't actually cost anything extra to play them.

Now where's that HAL9000 IBM mainframe gone . . . . . ?
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Postby Geoff Hall » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:26 pm

UK-21 wrote:I found freebet Blackjack on offer at the Gala in Leicester back last October. My daughter who was with me was asking about the pros and cons. Pros, you don't have to put more chips out to "double down", you just get paid 2:1, rather than 1:1, if you win the hand. Cons, when the dealer hits 22, it's a push rather than a player win.

I haven't done the sums, but I suspect the probability of the dealer catching 22 is greater than that of being presented with a "correct" double down opportunity. Not sure what the outcome would be if one was to double down on every hand under twelve, and rely on the dealer to bust out in order to win? Clearly some such plays would not be optimal (although "optimal" - basic strategy - is based on having to double the wager to play the hand), but it doesn't actually cost anything extra to play them.

Now where's that HAL9000 IBM mainframe gone . . . . . ?


Am I allowed to vote? :-)

UK21, the push 22 rule is worth 6.91% to the house and the free doubles, on 9, 10 & 11, and free splits are worth slightly less to the player. The overall result gives a house edge of 0.72% in the UK. The advantage with Free Bet is that the game is less volatile (you rarely lose more than 1 unit) and the playing strategy is easier i.e. you should take all free splits and doubles.

However, I have seen some inexperienced players refusing free bets. I can understand why a player would hit 9 verses a dealer 10 or Ace rather than free doubling, but I've seen free bets being refused that you would normally even pay for. The worst play I saw was a player who refused a free split with 7, 7 verses a dealer 6!
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Postby UK-21 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:08 pm

Nice to see you responding here Geoff - we have discussed some matters blackjack switch previously, on the now defunct BJINFO.COM forum board. Yes, refreshing to see a "new" game on the casino floor that has a HE of less than 1%. One could be forgiven for thinking that many of the "poker" variants are there solely to show patrons to the door as quickly as possible (after removing their money of course) - a bit like the "background" muzak in your common-or-garden fast food outlet??

I'm going to give this one a go shortly, and will provide a line or two of feedback here.

Cheers.
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Postby UK-21 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:28 am

UK-21 wrote:
I'm going to give this one a go shortly, and will provide a line or two of feedback here.

Cheers.


I never got to play any FREEBET BLACKJACK during my recent visit to a casino - the table that was there last October has now been removed and replaced with a common-or-garden BJ table. Waste of a trip that was. :-)
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Postby thePOGG » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:38 pm

Geoff Hall wrote:However, I have seen some inexperienced players refusing free bets. I can understand why a player would hit 9 verses a dealer 10 or Ace rather than free doubling, but I've seen free bets being refused that you would normally even pay for. The worst play I saw was a player who refused a free split with 7, 7 verses a dealer 6!


I can understand why some players may refuse a free double - wrong though the play is. They're thinking that the dealer likely has 20 and one card is more likely to give them 19 or less. As such they're looking for the ability to take a few extra cards. They're not taking into account that really they're getting paid out at 2:1 for every hand they do win with the double.

I'm sure that anyone who's spent a good amount of time in casinos will have seen the drunk guy hanging on the edge of the table making stupid plays. I remember one who was doubling down on hard 20s.
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Postby Christin30 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:33 pm

Roulette
Blackjack
Bingo
These are the most played casino game and are also easy to play.

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