Casino Over Under – A New Table Game Flavor

The casino game called Casino Over Under is an easy game to learn and play. The objective is to wager on the total value of three cards after seeing only one. The game is currently up and running at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino in Natchez, MS. PA casinos may be next with a possible launch at Mt. Airy Casino. A demonstration was also presented to the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.

This table game is a good alternative to blackjack for players who feel overwhelmed by having to learn blackjack basic strategy. It’s also a welcome relief from the new poker variants where novice players may feel intimidated. If you ever placed over/under bets when sports betting, you’ll enjoy Casino Over Under.

How to Play Casino Over Under

This game is played on a blackjack type table with spots for up to seven players and a house dealer. Four, six, or eight decks are used, depending on jurisdiction. The value of the cards are similar to blackjack: 2 through 10 are face value, J,Q,K are worth 10 each, and Aces count only as 11.

All players must first make an ante wager in the appropriate betting position. Players may also make an optional bonus bet, which pays if won even if the original hand is lost to the house. The dealer does not play.

The dealer will then deal each player one card face up. Based on the value of that upcard, players must then make one of three decisions:

  • Make an over bet
  • Make an under bet
  • Fold

The over/under wagers must be equal to the ante. After the wagers are placed the dealer deals two more cards face up concurrently to each player and announces the three card total value for each participant.

Win/Loss Totals

Here’s how the win/loss totals are determined: For example, if a player bet the over, the total of the three cards must be over 23. One example would be: Ace (11) +Q (10) + 6 = 27. Players that bet the under must have their totals under 18. Example: 2+3+J (10) = 15. There are no pushes. Winning hands collect even money for the ante and play bets.

Bonus Wager

Winning bonus bets pay according to the following pay table:

Hand Total Payout

  • 13 – 26 loss
  • 12 or 27 1 to 1
  • 11 or 28 2 to 1
  • 10 or 29 3 to 1
  • 9 or 30. 4 to 1
  • 8 or 31 5 to 1
  • 7 or 32 10 to 1
  • 6 or 33 50 to 1

House Edge & Strategy

The house edge for the ante bet has been calculated at under 2%. For the bonus bet, the edge is 5.6%. These are based on a six deck shoe. The edge does vary depending on the number of decks in play.

Strategy is simple. If your initial card is 5 or less, bet the under. With a 6 or greater, bet the over. Never fold. Good Luck!


Keno Games – Catch Enough Spots and You Could Win Big? A L-O-N-G Shot! Go for the Smaller Wins

Live Game – The Original Casino Version

The game is played by selecting a desired quantity of numbers from a field of 1 to 80 on a bet ticket. A total of 20 numbers are drawn for each game and the win is determined by how many of your picks (spots) are selected (caught). There’s also a “quick pick” wager available in the facilities that use a computer to draw the numbers. Just mark the quick pick spot on the ticket and the computer selects the game numbers for you.

Some casinos use 80 numbered balls in a glass “fishbowl” where air pressure ejects 20 balls one at a time.

Winning payouts can vary from $3.00 for a one spot selection up to $50,000 for a catch of 15 on a 15 spot ticket for a $1.00 game. Multi-game play allows you to play the same numbers up to 999 games. New games run every five minutes. Types of wager selections and payout amounts may vary between jurisdictions.

The odds for catching 1 spot on a 1 spot ticket are about 1 in 4. In contrast, the odds for a 15 spot catch on a 15 spot ticket are 1 in 428 billion! So what’s the secret to winning big? There is none. You’re better off playing fewer spots to avoid humongous odds, like a 3 spot ticket where the payout is $42 for a $1 bet and $210 for a $5 bet.The odds are about 1 in 70 for this wager.

Specialty games are also available for play such as the Way Ticket. This ticket allows you to combine sets of numbers to create more ways to win on one ticket. For example, the birth dates for you and your family could be one five spot game. You could play your anniversary date and year for a three spot game. Check with the writer in the lounge for your options.

Video Version – Faster Play with Lower Payouts

International Game Technology (IGT) has developed and marketed a video version which can be found on their Game King Machines and some Video Poker Machines. All games have bonus features. Three popular ones are Power Keno, Caveman Keno, and Cleopatra Keno.Most games offer $.25, $.50, and $1.00 denominations. Here are the particulars:

Power Keno – Play up to 8 coins (credits) per game. Select up to 10 spots from the field of 80. You may also select a “quick pick”. If the last number drawn is one of your selections, your win, is multiplied by 4. For example, If you were playing a 1 credit 5 spot game and the last number drawn was one of yours, your 100 credit win would be jump to 400 credits.

Cave Man Keno – Play up to 10 credits per game. Select up to 10 spots. It’s like a cartoon with graphics from the Flintstone era. The drawn numbers spew virtual smoke from a volcano. During play, three dinosaur eggs will appear randomly on the drawn numbers. If two eggs land on your picks, your win is multiplied by 4. Three eggs win 8 times the prize.

Cleopatra Keno – Play up to 8 credits, Select up to 10 spots. If the last number drawn is one of your selections, it triggers 12 free games at 2 times the payout for winning combinations.

Downside

Be aware that video games that offer bonus features pay lesser amounts for wins than the live games. For example, a 5 of 5 catch on a $1.00 Cleopatra video game pays $225, where the same 5 spot catch in the live lounge nets you $800. Also, the pace of play on the video games is much faster. You can run through 15 games in about 15 minutes. By contrast, the live lounge calls about 15 games per hour!

Weather in the lounge or on the machines, it is fun to play and offers low betting limits but the house edge is a huge 25 to 29%! Good Luck!