5 New Table Games in Las Vegas for 2019
There are five new table games in Las Vegas for 2019.
Vegas is a tough climate to launch a new game. Most do not make it past the first year.
The new games I discovered during my 2019 Las Vegas Table Game Survey range from dominoes placed on cards to new poker games to a new blackjack variant.
The minimum bet for these games is usually $5. However, some require more than one bet to get into action.
Below, I cover all the new games in the Las Vegas market, including details of where to find them and how to play.
Casino Dominoes is available at Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas.
The game is played with cards that have domino symbols on them to represent two standard sets. It’s entirely luck-based.
Players must bet the Casino Dominoes bet. A second wager is optional. It’s called Doubles and pays based on the number and types of doubled domino cards you receive. There is no dealer hand.
Players are dealt three cards. There is one community card. Players combine their three cards and the one in the community to make the best point value. Players win starting at five. The payouts are listed below.
- 5: 2-1
- 10: 3-1
- 15: 8-1
- 20: 12-1
- 25: 25-1
- 30: 50-1
- 35: 200-1
- 40: 500-1
Heads Up Hold’em
Heads Up Hold’em is like Ultimate Texas Hold’em. In fact, it replaced several Ultimate Texas Hold’em installations in Las Vegas.
It is found at Jerry’s Nugget, M Resort, Rampart, and Stratosphere. The minimum bet is $5. However, players must make two $5 wagers to get into action and have at least $5 more to complete the action, though it is recommended to have $15 to make a three-times raise on the ante.
The game starts with each player making a blind and odds bet. The odds bet is like the blind in Ultimate Texas Hold’em. There is also an optional trips plus and pocket bonus bet.
Players and the dealer receive two cards. Players look at these cards and decide to play three times the ante or check. A three-card flop is then shown. Players may bet two times the ante or check.
Two more cards are shown by the dealer, making five community cards that may be used with the player’s two hole cards. Players may bet an amount equal to the ante or fold.
If a player bets before or after the flop, the action is over for that player. There are no more bets to make, and the player is in the hand until the end.
The dealer shows the house’s two hole cards. The dealer declares the hand made by the house combining these two cards with the community ones. If the dealer does not make at least a pair, the ante pushes and is immediately returned.
The dealer’s hand is compared to each player’s hand. If the dealer beats the player, the ante, blind, and raise bets all lose. If the player beats the dealer, the ante and raise win. The blind pays on hands of straights and higher.
There is also a bad beat bonus. A player wins this if a straight or better is lost. This includes a hand using all five community cards. For example, if the board makes four of a kind, and the dealer’s kicker beats the player’s kicker, the bad beat is paid.
Four Card Frenzy
Four Card Frenzy is available at Santa Fe Station. It is essentially Crazy4Poker with a couple of rule modifications.
A bad beat bonus is added to the blind bet, called odds in Four Card Frenzy. The player loses the blind bet if the dealer does not qualify and the player’s hand loses to it. In Crazy4Poker, that is a push. This generally does not come up if the proper strategy is followed.
The player starts the hand by playing an equal odds and blind bet. Players are dealt five cards but discard one to make the best four-card hand. A player can raise up to three times the ante with a pair of aces or better and an amount equal to the ante on any other hand. The dealer needs at least king-high to open. Otherwise, the ante pushes.
Players must beat the dealer to win the odds and the ante in a hand where the dealer qualifies. A tie between the player and dealer pushes the bets. If the dealer beats the player, the house wins.
Flushes Gone Wild
Flushes Gone Wild is spread at Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas. It is like the now-defunct Chase the Flush game that was found at Luxor and Silverton last year. It crosses Ultimate Texas Hold’em with High Card Flush.
Players get dealt five cards, and there is a two-card community set in the middle of the table. Deuces are wild.
The only hand that matters is the flush. A deuce becomes the highest card missing from the player’s flush. There is an ante and blind bet, like there is in Ultimate Texas Hold’em. The player may bet two times the ante or fold.
Once the player acts, the dealer exposes the house hand and the two community cards. The dealer’s hand is compared to each player’s hand.
If the player beats the dealer, the player wins even money on the ante and raise. The blind bet is paid based on the number of flush cards the player beats the dealer by.
It pushes if that number is one or zero. At two flush cards, it pays 3-1. It goes to 5-1 on three flush cards, 25-1 on four flush cards, and five flush cards pays 200-1. All bets lose if the dealer beats the player.
Down Under Blackjack
Down Under Blackjack is offered by Excalibur on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a $10 minimum bet. It pays 6:5 and has a house edge of about 2%. This is reason enough to walk by it and play the $15 3:2 table right next to it.
The deck is color coded to differentiate between a low, middle, or high card. Deuces through fives are blue and considered small. Red cards are six to nine and considered middle cards. Tens, faces, and aces are gold and considered high.
The dealer uses an electronic card reader to determine whether the card is low, middle, or high. The colors of the cards otherwise have no meaning to the player. Players may use this information to play their hands.
For example, if the dealer is showing a face card, and the player has a bustable hand, the player knows to stay. If the dealer has a low card when showing a middle card, the player knows to hit. In exchange for this, the dealer pushes all players left in the hand on 22.
More on the 2019 Las Vegas Table Game Survey
These five new games form part of my 2019 Las Vegas Table Survey. For this survey, I visit every Vegas casino at least once and take details of every single table game available. I then log all this information, and it’s published on GamblingSites.com.
It’s a useful resource for finding the best blackjack games in Vegas (and the worst) and discovering where you can play any of the other twenty-plus table games spread in the city.
I recently wrote about some of the most interesting observations from my survey, and I’ll be adding more posts about my findings, too. You can reach out to me on Twitter if you have any questions about anything relating to this survey.