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WildCasino.ag Review

Disclaimer: Let it be known that I have served as a consultant to Odds On. While this review was originally written before they engaged my services I do update it from time to time. This review attempts to be unbiased and mostly sticks to the game rules, odds, and strategy. While I feel comfortable there is no conflict of interest I think it is appropriate to disclose the relationship.

The following game rules are based on the English Harbour casino. It is likely that the Caribbean Gold and Silver dollar also follow these rules since they are part of the same group of casinos. I do not know what rules may be configurable.

 

The look of the English Harbour games is quite different from that at the Orion Casino, another OddsON casino. In both cases the game play was a bit slow and mechanical for my preferences. However it was easy to jump in and play in both cases.

 

The game rules have a strong resemblance to those of Microgaming, which are often exactly the same. Unlike Microgaming the player is not restricted to certain bet amounts but may make any bet subject to the table limits. Overall the game rules are sometimes generous and sometimes stingy. For example the video poker and keno returns are among the best on the Internet but the blackjack and craps rules are comparatively tight.

 

Baccarat

The usual rules are followed. Eight decks are used. The following WildCasino.ag Review table shows the house edge according to the bet made.

Probabilities in 8-deck Baccarat

Bet Combinations Probability House

Edge

Bank 2,292,252,566,437,888 45.86% 1.06%

Player 2,230,518,282,592,256 44.62% 1.24%

Tie 475,627,426,473,216 9.52% 14.36%

Blackjack

The rules are as follows:

Four decks

Dealer stands on soft 17

Double on 9 to 11 only

No doubling after splitting

No resplitting

Player may not draw to split aces

No surrender

Full no peek (player loses total amount bet against dealer blackjack)

Insurance not resolved until end of hand

Betting limits: $2-$200

Following is the correct basic strategy for these rules.

 

 

The house edge under these rules is 0.73%, the highest I have seen on the Internet.

 

There is also a game called “progressive blackjack” which features a $1 side bet. The following table shows the pay table based on the $13,559 meter on September 27, 2002.

 

Hand Permutations Probability Pays Return

4 red/black aces 3360 0.000002 13559 0.025056

4 aces 40320 0.000022 1355.9 0.030067

3 suited aces 18432 0.00001 2500 0.025343

3 non-suited aces 626688 0.000345 250 0.086166

2 suited aces 1889280 0.001039 50 0.051953

2 non-suited aces 7557120 0.004156 25 0.103906

1 ace 129730560 0.071349 0 0

no aces 1678389120 0.923077 0 0

Total 1818254880 1 0 0.322492

The lower right cell shows a return of 32.25%, or a house edge of 67.75%! For the meter to have no house edge it would need to reach $180209.81.

 

Craps

OddsON craps players may not bet more than their original wager either buying or laying the odds. The combined house edge on the pass side is 0.85% and on the don’t pass side is 0.82%. Total winnings always get rounded down to the next dollar so be sure to bet in correct increments.

There are win bets, which work and pay the same way as place bets. To bet against a place number the player can make a “lose bet.” These pay 2-5 on the 4 and 10, 4-7 on the 5 and 9, and 4-5 on the 6 and 8. The house on these bets is 6.67%, 5.71%, and 1.82% respectively.

 

The proposition bets pay the same bad odds as conventional craps.

 

Island Progressive Stud Poker

This is the same game as Caribbean Stud Poker. The only difference is that in this game there is a modified pay table as follows.

Hand Pays

Royal flush 1000-1

Straight flush 200-1

Four of a kind 100-1

Full house 15-1

Flush 10-1

Straight 4-1

Three of a kind 3-1

Two pair 1-1

Pair 1-1

Ace/king 1-1

The betting limits on the ante are $1-$200.

 

The strategy is still the same as for the conventional pay table game. The house edge under these rules is 5.03%. This is better than the 5.22% house edge for the conventional pay table.

 

In addition there is a progressive side bet. The side bet is always $1 and pays as follows.

 

Hand Pays

Royal flush 100% of meter

Straight flush 10% of meter

Four of a kind $500

Full house $100

Flush $50

The house edge on the side bet is 63.76% less 2.92% for each $10,000 in the meter. On October 9, 2001, the meter at both the English Harbour and Silver Dollar casinos was at $62,216. For the side bet to have no house edge the meter would need to reach $218,047.37

 

Keno

OddsON uses the same paytable as Microgaming, which offers very competitive returns. Following is the expected return according to the number of picks. The best bet is the pick 13.

Picks Return

1 75.00%

2 92.09%

3 93.04%

4 93.79%

5 93.87%

6 93.79%

7 96.35%

8 92.90%

9 92.86%

10 94.54%

11 93.10%

12 94.22%

13 96.54%

14 95.42%

15 95.19%

Roulette

A single zero wheel is used. The house edge is 2.70%.

Slots

There are 15 slot games to choose from. The player may choose from coinages of $0.50, $1.00, $5.00, and $10.00. I have no information about the theoretical or actual return.

Video Poker

OddsOn offers the same video poker games and paytable as Microgaming. The player may choose from coinages of $0.50, $1.00, $5.00, and $10.00. Four out of six games have a return of at least 99%, however none are over 100%. The following tables shows the return of all six gams available assuming optimal strategy.

OddsON Video Poker – Expected Returns

Game Return

Jacks or better 0.995440

Aces and faces 0.992556

Tens or better 0.991388

Deuces and joker wild 0.990677

Joker poker 0.985987

Deuces wild 0.967650

The following tables display the pertinent statistics for OddsON’s video poker games.

 

Jacks or Better – OddsON

Hand Payoff Number Probability Return

Royal flush 800 493512264 0.000025 0.019807

Straight flush 50 2178883296 0.000109 0.005465

4 of a kind 25 47093167764 0.002363 0.059064

Full house 9 229475482596 0.011512 0.103610

Flush 6 219554786160 0.011015 0.066087

Straight 4 223837565784 0.011229 0.044917

3 of a kind 3 1484003070324 0.074449 0.223346

Two pair 2 2576946164148 0.129279 0.258558

Jacks or better 1 4277372890968 0.214585 0.214585

Nothing 0 10872274993896 0.545435 0.000000

Total 19933230517200 1.000000 0.995439

Deuces Wild – OddsON

Hand Payoff Number Probability Return

Natural royal flush 800 452009940 0.000023 0.018141

4 deuces 200 3570521856 0.000179 0.035825

Wild royal flush 25 36624375216 0.001837 0.045934

5 of a kind 16 62398218024 0.003130 0.050086

Straight flush 13 114654402804 0.005752 0.074775

4 of a kind 4 1242075806484 0.062312 0.249247

Full house 3 418137265908 0.020977 0.062931

Flush 2 352258762272 0.017672 0.035344

Straight 2 1154033170176 0.057895 0.115790

3 of a kind 1 5572718074608 0.279569 0.279569

Nothing 0 10976307909912 0.550654 0.000000

Total 19933230517200 1.000000 0.967641

 

Joker Wild – OddsON

Hand Payoff Probability Return

Natural Royal Flush 1000 0.000026 0.026063

5 of a kind 200 0.000093 0.018572

Wild Royal Flush 100 0.000107 0.010733

Straight Flush 50 0.000594 0.029694

4 of a Kind 17 0.008497 0.144445

Full House 7 0.015604 0.109228

Flush 5 0.015975 0.079873

Straight 3 0.016877 0.050630

3 of a Kind 2 0.133124 0.266249

2 Pair 1 0.110483 0.110483

Kings or Better 1 0.140017 0.140017

Nothing 0 0.558604 0.000000

Total Return 1.000000 0.985987

 

Deuces & Joker Wild – OddsON

Hand Pays Probability Return

Five Wilds 2000 0.000008 0.015458

Natural Royal Flush 800 0.00002 0.015832

Four Deuces 25 0.000149 0.003728

Natural Royal Flush 12 0.002801 0.033607

Five of a Kind 9 0.005508 0.049568

Straight 6 0.00743 0.044578

Four of a Kind 3 0.081337 0.24401

Flush/Full House 3 0.055635 0.166904

Straight 2 0.066109 0.132218

Three of a Kind 1 0.284773 0.284773

Nothing 0 0.496232 0

Total 1 0.990677

 

Aces & Faces – OddsON

Hand Pays Probability Return

Royal Flush 800 0.000025 0.019876

Straight Flush 50 0.000106 0.0053

Four aces 80 0.000196 0.015668

Four Jack-King 40 0.000587 0.023479

Four 2-10 25 0.00158 0.039507

Full House 8 0.011515 0.09212

Flush 5 0.01086 0.054301

Straight 4 0.011212 0.044847

Three of a Kind 3 0.074474 0.223422

Two Pair 2 0.129318 0.258637

Jacks or Better 1 0.215399 0.215399

Nothing 0 0.544728 0

Total 1 0.992555

 

Tens or Better – OddsON

Hand Payoff Probability Return

Royal flush 800 0.000026 0.020546

Straight flush 50 0.000103 0.005141

Four of a Kind 25 0.002358 0.058958

Full house 6 0.011497 0.068984

Flush 5 0.010654 0.053270

Straight 4 0.012357 0.049429

Three of a Kind 3 0.074265 0.222795

Two Pair 2 0.129007 0.258013

Tens or Better 1 0.254251 0.254251

Nothing 0 0.505482 0.000000

Total 1.000000 0.991388

 

 

 

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