8 of the Newest and More Obscure Table Games in Casinos
Published on March 22, 2019
Casinos are always looking to attract new customers and improve their bottom line. Adding new games can usually achieve both goals.
By announcing a new game that may be exclusive to a casino or group of casinos, it creates a buzz that makes people want to try the game.
But rest assured, a new game won’t be added to the roster of games in a casino unless it is a money maker.
Casinos have games that don’t make them much money. Usually, these games add a fee. For example, some poker games may require that a percentage of the pot go to the casino to cover operating costs. This is because the game is set up so that players are playing against each other instead of the house, so the money circulates between the players, and the house won’t see a dime unless they charge a fee.
Many new games are variations of existing games with new rules added or some extra feature. Others may be based on regional tradition. Either way, they all will have new strategies, new odds, and new pay tables.
In cases where the house edge is increased, the casinos tempt players with chances to win big. After all, the average player won’t be attracted by odds or house edge but by how much money could possibly be won.
That’s not to say some players won’t scrutinize the percentages, but the bulk of players are casual players, and the casinos count on that fact to make their money. So if they add a game that’s harder to win and add a few thousand dollars to the jackpot, it doesn’t faze the casino because they’ll make it back quickly.
One of the most publicized new games in Las Vegas is Triple Zero Roulette or Sands Roulette. It was originally only offered in casinos owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation like the Venetian and the Palazzo, but it has expanded to more casinos on the Strip and may be heading into other cities soon.
Many of you’ve probably played either European or American roulette. In European roulette, the wheel has numbers 0 through 36, creating 37 slots for the ball to drop. In American roulette, an extra slot is added. The numbers 0 through 36 are on the wheel, and a double zero (00) is added, creating 38 slots.
In the latest variation, triple zero roulette, a 39th slot is added. In most casinos, it will be labeled as 000. In some, it will have the casino’s logo. So on the betting table, you may see the bet as the triple zero (000) or as the casino logo or symbol.
Part of the reason for the new game is for the casino to make more money. You can see it in the odds.
In Las Vegas, you’ll generally find mostly American roulette tables. Only one casino that I know of that has European roulette open to all gamblers is The Cromwell. (Other casinos have European roulette, but it’s reserved for high rollers). To play, however, players are subject to a high minimum bet of $25.
On the American roulette tables, you’ll find that most minimum bets are set at $15.
To entice triple zero roulette players, casinos have lowered the minimum bet on the game to $10.
One result of triple zero roulette rolling out is that players are actually playing longer and losing less money. Due to the lower minimum bet, players don’t have to spend as much on the game and spend longer at the table.
If you were to play 50 times over an hour with a $15 minimum bet, you’d spend $750. With a $10 minimum bet, you’d only spend $500. So you’d need another 30 minutes betting $10 a game to reach that $750 threshold.
Some casinos are already replacing their American roulette wheels with new triple zero wheels.
And it’s catching on at other casinos. The following Las Vegas casinos have all offered triple zero roulette at some point.
So you may be able to play triple zero roulette at a casino near you soon. Just don’t expect the odds to be in your favor.
A roulette variation that’s becoming very popular in South Africa is double-spin roulette. The game is exclusive to the Sun International family of casinos but may soon make its way to other gambling establishments in the future.
Double-spin roulette is a variation of American roulette. In fact, it’s an add-on to it.
When playing double spin roulette, the goal is to bet that the next winning number matches the first winning number — in essence, the same number hits twice in a row.
The game is initially played like regular American roulette. The betting is the same, and the croupier spins the ball.
Once the winning number is called, the dealer then pays out the winners on any of the non-numerical bets and clears out any losing bets.
The dealer will then offer anyone who won a numerical bet the choice to forfeit the winnings and let it ride on a double spin bet (on the winning number from the spin that just finished).
If anyone accepts the bet, then the croupier will spin again. If the same number comes up again, it will pay 1,250 to 1.
As you can see, it’s just a simple addition to the existing game. It adds a chance for a player to win more, but in order to do it, the player must give up winnings and take a chance on the same number hitting twice. It’s not a likely scenario in most cases. But with any long shot, the rewards can be great.
Arizona hold ‘em is a new game that combines elements of poker and blackjack. In this game, players are dealt three face-down cards, and the dealer is dealt two face-down cards.
The cards dealt to the dealer are the “community cards” and are used to complete the player’s five-card hand.
The betting is done on a table with seating for up to seven players. In front of each table are three areas to place bets marked with an “A,” a “1,” and a “2.”
The player will also see two card-sized rectangles marked with a “1” and a “2.” These spots are for the dealer’s cards.
The dealer will start by announcing that players need to place their bets. The first bet, or ante, is placed in the “A” spot. This must meet the table minimum.
The dealer deals each card one at a time. The first and second round of cards, both the players and the dealer get a card. The third round, only the players get a card.
Once the third card is dealt to each player, the players can look at their cards. They’ll place bets based on the strength of these three cards.
Players can decide whether to continue based on the five-card hand total. The first bet is placed in the “1” spot and must be the same as the ante, or the player can choose not to bet and continue to play.
The dealer will then turn over the first of his cards. The players will then place a bet in the “2” spot. This must be equal to the ante. Once again, the player has the option to not bet and play the hand out.
From left to right, the players’ hands are revealed. To win, the player must have a pair of 10s or better. If not, the losing bets are collected. Winning hands are paid according to this pay table.
Arizona hold ‘em is exclusive to Peermont Group hotels in South Africa, Botswana, and Malawi.
Dice duel is a game played with two 6-sided dice of different colors, usually red and gold.
The goal of the game is for the player to pick which die will show the higher number.
The game involves the player making a separate roll for each die. The player is handed a cup by the dealer containing the first die. The player shakes it and returns it to the dealer, who reveals the result.
The dealer and player will then repeat their actions with the second die.
Once both have been revealed, the highest-scoring die will be announced as the winner.
If the result is a tie, then it will pay even money unless the tie is on the number 1. If both dice rolled are 1s, it is an automatic loss (unless the player specifically bet on 1).
Players have the option of betting on a specific number. If the player bets on a specific number, it doesn’t matter the results of the rolls of either of the die as long as the number is rolled on one of the dice.
The players have the option of several bets. The bets that can be made and their payouts are as follows.
Dice Duel is exclusive to Crown Resorts in Australia.
S7REAK is a game that can be found in New Games Lab in the Crown Resorts in Australia. The object of the game is to draw seven cards of the same color consecutively.
The game has four different bets that players can place.
To start gameplay, the dealer draws the first card and places it on the table in the designated S7REAK card spot on the table. The card drawn becomes the designated color for the game.
The dealer will then continue to draw cards until he draws the other color, at which point the S7REAK has ended, or until seven cards of the same color have been drawn.
The suit-up bet is a bet on cards drawn being of the same suit. This is a side bet from the red, black, or no S7REAK bets. The bet is the total number of the same suit drawn during gameplay and doesn’t need to be drawn consecutively.
If the first card (the S7REAK card) and the second card drawn are of opposite colors but make a pair, it results in a standoff.
The game has two pay tables. The first one is for the S7REAK. The payouts are as follows.
Here are the payouts for the suit up bet.
Nutz is another game in the Crown Resorts New Game Lab. The game is played with five 6-sided dice, and the goal is to roll one of eight different dice combinations.
The game uses elements of poker and has been compared to the game Yahtzee.
To start the game, the player must place a bet. The player has seven options for betting and can bet on all options. Obviously, he or she must bet on at least one of the options.
These are the betting options.
The dice cup is then handed to a player to make the initial roll. If the roll is a no hand, full house, straight, or a Nutz, the round is over, and winnings are paid.
Any other combination allows for a second roll. But before the roll, any pairs, trips, or quads are set aside, and the remaining dice are rolled.
Dice that match the saved dice from the first roll are saved. If a full house, straight, or Nutz isn’t achieved, then a third and final roll is made. Once the final roll is completed, the newly rolled and the saved dice complete the hand no matter what the result.
The pay table for Nutz is based on the final rolls of the player. Here are the payouts.
Poker Bo is a fast-paced game that combines elements of draw poker and sic bo and is played with six full decks of the traditional 52 playing cards.
To start, the players must choose which betting options they’d like to place from the six options available. They may bet on more than one option if they choose.
These are the betting options available.
When the betting has completed, the dealer will call for no more bets and deal the cards. He or she will draw five cards. The dealer will then compare the cards drawn to the bets made and pay the winners accordingly.
It is possible to have multiple winning hands based on when the dealer draws. For example, if a pair of 10s and a pair of 3s are drawn, the two pair and single pair bets will win.
The Straight ‘n Up bet is any of the following hands.
The Specific Suit bet is a bet that all cards will be of the same suit.
The No Hand bet is a bet that the cards won’t make a specific traditional poker hand.
All other hands are normal poker hands.
The pay tables for Poker Bo are as follows.
This game can be found at Crown Resorts throughout Australia.
Super Easy Aces is a unique game that uses a 54-card deck consisting of the following cards.
Before the cards are dealt, the player will place their bets. They have the option of betting on an ace, deuce, 3, or a joker. They can also place a bet on Dealer Match as a side bet.
The cards are then dealt — one card face-up to each player and one card face-down to the dealer. If anyone is dealt a 4, they lose (but can win on a Dealer Match bet).
All bets except the Dealer Match bets are paid, and losses are cleared from the table.
These are the payouts.
To win the above bets, the players must bet on the specific card beforehand (the rank, not the suit). In other words, they guess what card they’ll get. They can bet on multiple cards.
The dealer’s card is then revealed. If any of the players match the dealer, they win the following.
The game started out as a test game at the Primm Valley Resort in Primm, Nevada, in 2018 and is expanding to other casinos in the Las Vegas area throughout 2019.
Over the past two decades, casino technology has focused mainly on new electronic games. New slot machines, video poker, and even electronic table games have been invented to attract more customers.
It makes sense. Slot machines and video poker machines can account for as much as 75% of a casino’s income.
Lately, however, more casinos are looking at ways to enhance the customer experience and increase the bottom line. They want the impression that they’re “world class” organizations. They’re doing this by adding more table games.
But the same ol’-same ol’ gets boring, so they look for new games. Some of the games listed here may become smash hits. Some may not. But casinos are trying — trying to entertain you while still keeping their eye on the bottom line.
This won’t be the last of the new games coming out. In fact, it may be the start of a new table game renaissance that changes what the standard games in a casino will be.
In a decade, some of these games may be standard in casinos around the world. We may see some of the best online casinos start offering them, too. Only time will tell if that’s the case.