Bonus Spot Keno isn’t so much a new casino game as it is a variant on an existing game. You play Bonus Spot Keno just like you would regular keno. But you get a bonus payout if the first number you choose matches a ball that’s drawn.
Here’s how you play:
You choose between 2 and 10 numbers from between 1 and 80. The “Bonus Spot” is the first number by default. But you can mark a different number if you want to. The game draws 20 random numbers from between 1 and 80.
You get paid off based on how many of the numbers you chose match the numbers that were drawn. If your Bonus Spot matches any of the numbers that were drawn, you get a bonus payoff.
Payouts are determined using a pay table. You have a standard pay table and a Bonus Spot pay table.
The payback percentage for this game is better than most keno games, at least for the pay tables I’ve seen online. That’s because you have a better shot at winning something larger because of the Bonus Spot.
The only strategy for this game is to stick with the “pick 2” bet. When you’re choosing between 2 and 10 numbers, always choose 2. The payoff when you hit is 15 to 1, and you must hit both numbers to win. The payback percentage for this bet is slightly over 90%.
That means the house edge for this game is close to 10%, which is admittedly high.
But keno’s not as bad a game as some people think.
It’s a mistake to use a single metric like the house edge to measure how “good” or how “bad” a game is. That’s because your expected average hourly loss is a better metric. Neither considers how much you enjoy the game, but that’s harder to put a number on.
Your expected hourly loss is the amount of your average bet multiplied by the average number of bets you place per hour multiplied by the house edge.
For Bonus Spot Keno, let’s assume you’re wagering the minimum 5 cents per wager. The average number of plays per hour in keno is low unless you’re playing video keno, which is at least 50 times faster than standard live keno.
You’re looking at 5 cents per bet times 12 bets per hour times 10%. That’s an expected hourly loss of just 6 cents.
That makes it one of the best bets in the casino in my view. It’s not the most exciting game ever, but it’s not expensive. You can usually do other things while playing keno, too, like checking your email or reading the newspaper.
2. Casino Over Under
You’ll likely have no trouble learning how to play Casino Over Under. The dealer lays out 3 cards, and your goal is to predict whether their total will be high or low. This game launched in April of this year in Natches, MS.
Here’s how to play Casino Over Under:
The casino uses between 4 and 8 standard decks of cards with no jokers. Aces always count as 11 (never as 1, as in blackjack). Face cards count as 10. All other cards score the same as their ranking. (For example, an 8 of spades is worth 8 points.)
You start playing by making an ante bet, but you also have the option to place a bonus bet.
Then the dealer lays down 3 cards—one is dealt face up. The other two are face down.
At this point, you can choose from the following options:
Bet on the “under” option.
Bet on the “over” option.
If you decide to bet, the size of your bet is the same as the ante bet. You can’t bet more; you can’t bet less.
After you’ve made your decision, the dealer reveals the hole cards and states how much the point total is.
The magic number for the under is 17.5. If the total is under 17.5, the under bet wins.
The magic number for the over is 23.5. If the total is over 23.5, the over bet wins.
In either case, the bet pays off even money if you win.
The optional bonus bet pays off based on the score and the following pay table:
6 or 33
7 or 32
8 or 31
9 or 30
10 or 29
11 or 28
12 or 27
Any other total (13-26)
The payoff is based on a single unit. If the table reads a payoff of 50, that means you get paid off 50 to 1 on that bet.
The strategy for this game is simple, too.
Bet under if the up card is 5 or less.
Otherwise bet over.
The house edge for the main game is around 2% depending on how many decks are in use. The house edge for the bonus bet is between 5% and 6%, so the correct strategy is to never make the bonus bet.
If you know much about blackjack and card counting, you’ll probably recognize that this game might be vulnerable to counting cards. But the house edge is high enough that you might rarely have an edge.
This might make for a nice change of pace, but it’s a faster game than blackjack with a higher house edge. If you’re looking to maximize the amount of entertainment you’re getting for your buck, blackjack is still the way to go.
Table games played with playing cards are usually based on either blackjack or poker. Chase the Flush is, of course, based on the latter. You win by getting a higher flush than the dealer.
This is one of the newest casino games on the list, having launched in August of this year.
Here’s how you play:
Chase the Flush uses only one standard deck of cards with no jokers. You start the game by placing 2 bets:
The X-Tra Bonus
You have an optional third bet called the “Same Suit Bonus” bet.
You and the dealer each get 3 cards face down. After you get your cards, you can check—putting no additional money into action—or you can make an “All In” bet, which is 3X the size of the ante bet you placed. (If you bet $10 on ante, your “All In” bet must be $30).
The dealer than lays out 2 more cards, face up. These are community cards. (If you’ve played Texas holdem, you already know how community cards work.)
If you checked previously, you can now make an All In bet. But now, the All In bet is 2X the ante.
After this round of betting, the dealer lays down 2 more face up cards.
If you checked on the previous 2 rounds, you can now place an All In bet, but now you’re limited to betting the size of the ante—no more, no less. You also have the option to fold. You cannot check during this round of betting, though.
After you’ve made your decision, your hole cards and the dealer’s are revealed. Whoever has the better flush wins.
But, the dealer has to “qualify”. She only qualifies if she has a 3-card flush with a 9 high or better.
If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the ante bet is treated as a push and is returned.
Flushes are treated differently in this game than in standard poker. For one thing, you don’t need all 5 cards to be of the same suit to qualify as a flush. But the more cards are in your flush, the better.
A 5-card flush always beats a 4-card flush, which also always beats a 3-card flush.
Often you and the dealer will both have the same number of cards in your flushes. In that case, the highest ranked card in your flushes determines the winner.
If you win, the ante bet and the All In bet pay off even money.
The X-Tra Bonus bet pays off according to the following pay table:
7 card flush
6 card flush
5 card flush
4 card flush
Any other flush
There’s also a “Same Suit” side bet. That bet pays off according to player’s hand per the following pay table:
7 card straight flush
6 card straight flush
7 card flush
5 card straight flush
6 card flush
4 card straight flush
5 card flush
4 card flush
All the payoffs listed in the pay tables above are based on a one-unit bet. In other words, if the pay table indicated a payoff of 2000, that means to 2000 to 1. It would pay off $10,000 on a $5 bet, for example.
The house edge for the main game is about 1.2%, making it a reasonably good game. The side bet’s house edge is a lot higher, though—which isn’t unusual for a side bet. At 5.67%, the side bet offers worse odds even than American roulette.
4. Color War
Another easy new game that launched this year is Color War. In this game, you bet whether you’ll have more red cards or more black cards in your 7-card hand. Like many casino games, this seems to be an even money bet, but the casino has a trick up its sleeve. If you the dealer has 6 or 7 cards of the same color, your win becomes a push.
Here’s how you play:
The dealer has a 52 card deck, and you bet on red or black (like you would in roulette, for example). You also have the option of placing a side bet called the “Color Bonus” side bet.
The dealer deals you 7 cards. She gets 7 cards, too.
You compare how many red cards you have to how many black cards you have. If you predicted correctly which color would predominate in your hand, your bet wins. That pays off at even money.
If you predicted wrong, you lose your bet.
If you have a winning bet AND the dealer has 6 or 7 cards of the same color, your win is treated as a push. This is where the house gets its edge over the player.
The side bet pays off if you guess a color and get 6 or 7 cards of that color in your hand. That bet pays off according to the following pay table:
Royal Color pays off at 999 to 1. This is when you AND the dealer both have 7 cards all of the same color in each hand. For example, if all 7 of your cards are red, and all 7 of the dealer’s cards are red, this is the payoff on the Color Bonus Bet.
Super Color pays off at 299 to 1. This is when you have 7 cards of the same color, and the dealer has 7 cards of the opposite color. For example, if all 7 of your cards are red, and all 7 of the dealer’s cards black, this is the payoff on the Color Bonus Bet.
If you have 7 of the same color, the payoff is 30 to 1.
If you have 6 of the same color, the payoff is 5 to 1.
The house edge for this game is 3.15%. The house edge for the side bet is over 10%. As far as strategy goes, you should avoid taking the side bet.
This is a game with a relatively high house edge.
New casino games roll out all the time. Some of them take off and become popular. Most of them are a proverbial flash in the pan—here today, gone tomorrow.
Which of the new casino games listed above have staying power?
I don’t know.
Time will tell.
If any of them sound interesting, find a casino offering that game and play it. If you enjoy it, play it a lot. Casinos only keep new games if they attract action from players.
You need to take the same attitude toward casino games you like that you would a restaurant you enjoy or a television program you like watching. If you want it to be there when you want it, you must support it.
If you like this post or have questions about any of the games, please leave a comment.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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