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
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.
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.
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!