The market satiety and new anti-gaming laws have caused a slowdown in the rate of quantitative growth at online casinos. Casinos are trying to attract customers by offering better service and more quality games. Microgaming, an online casino software company, has added four new monthly games over the past two years. “CryptoLogic”, a company that develops service packs, has about ten new monthly games. Playtech and RTG casinos are constantly adding new games. The leader among new games is sure to be video slots, especially those with high numbers of lines and bonuses or just new graphics. But there are also ordinary table games (games against the dealer). Let’s take a closer look at the most recent innovations in online casinos.
Let’s begin with the solitaire. The old-fashioned “Klondike” firmly holds its place in Windows’ classic collection of games. This game is also available at CryptoLogic casino, but it’s called “Solitaire”. I won’t go into detail about the game, but you can launch it and find out for yourself. Install parameters “deal cards one at a time” and “money account” to get a good idea of what you’ll encounter in the casino. You can stake between 1,04 and 52 USD at the beginning. (52 USD are embedded in Windows Solitaire). Each card will earn you from 10 to 5 USD, depending on its place. Solitaire will be completed if you stake five times your initial stake. Even if the solitaire isn’t completed, you still get some money back. You can see that if you have 11 cards, you’ll be in the pocket. Unfortunately, information regarding expectations and analysis is not yet available.
Due to the massive popularity of the online poker site, the following games were introduced in the casino. The first game was Casino Holdem, available at casinos RTG, PlayTech, and CryptoLogic. A little later, Tequila Poker (PlayTech) was introduced.
Casino Holdem is a game that closely resembles Holdem-poker. First, players need to stake an ante. Then the dealer and player take two hole cards. At the same time, the flop is dealt with. Three open-board cards are used for the flop, a set of 52 cards with one pack. Players must decide whether to continue the game by looking at five cards (hole, flop, and others). If the game continues, the player stakes two ante to the blind. Otherwise, he discards the cards and loses the entire ante. If the game continues, the dealer will deal two more cards – turn, river, and showdowns. According to Texas Holdem rules, the combinations of player and dealer are compared. The higher combination of five cards wins. Using between 0 and 2 hole cards and 3 to 5 board cards is possible. The dealer cannot have “no games”, just like in Oasis-Poker. The dealer can have less than a pair of fours. However, the winner is paid the same amount as the winning table. This means the winnings vary from 1 ante per straight to 100 ante royal-flesh. All blinds are lost if the dealer has the game but his combination is greater than the players. If the combinations are equal, the winner will be determined by the seniority remaining cards. If the dealer is in the game, and the dealer’s combination is lower than his, the player will receive ante payments according to the table and the primary stake of 1 to 1.
The advantage of the casino in the game depends on the table of payments. It is close to 2%. Finding the best strategy when so many combinations exist is difficult. The player should play approximately 82% of all dealings. If the player has two unpaired cards and does not agree with the flop, he should discard them. He cannot hope for the straight/flash.
The player may place an additional bet on any field marked “AA” besides the main blind. If his 5-card combination is a pair of aces or higher, the player will win the additional stake. According to the table, the player will be paid from seven to 100 times the stake amount. The additional stake is not worth more than 6%.
Tequila Poker may not be as popular as club poker, but its features make it more similar to Baccarat or Blackjack. Before the game can begin, each player must have 52 cards. The four cards that are left on the table are discarded. The player can then make his decision. He can either refuse to play, resulting in losing the ante. Or he can continue playing Tequila Poker or Tequila High. This will allow him to keep the primary stake at the amount paid by the ante. The game ends when two more hole cards are dealt, and five cards are selected from each to create the best combination. The standard poker rule applies to combinations formed by players who have chosen Tequila Poker. A hand with a pair of aces or more is considered a win. The player loses all his stakes if the combination is lower than his chosen one. If it is higher, the ante will be paid 1 to 1, and the primary stake will multiply according to the table of payments. This table is similar to the Video Poker one. If the player chooses Tequila High, the points from his five highest cards are added together. Points are calculated as in Blackjack. According to the nominal value, cards from 2-10 are valued at 10 points. Pictures are valued at 11 points. Aces and aces are valued at 11 points. To win, the player must receive at least 46 points. He must receive at least 46 points to win. The ante is paid at 1 to 1. Payments on the primary stake are made according to the table (maximum 54 points and 200 to 1).
The optimal strategy here is, as you can see, very complex. The player must play Tequila Poker at 30%, Tequila Poker at 32%, and then discard the remaining 38%. If you have any pair of cards, or four cards for straight/flash (including an in-line straight), then you should play Tequila Poker. If your three highest cards give you 28 points or more, you should play Tequila high. The optimal strategy will give you a 4,2% advantage at the casino.