I find games that have vanished from the market every time I carry out our Las Vegas table game survey. Some were in testing and never landed another installation. Others simply failed to catch on after a few years and faded away.
These are the table games Las Vegas lost in 2019. It is likely that most are gone forever, given that it’s rare that a table game fails in Las Vegas and manages to return after a years-long absence. Exceptions include Criss Cross Poker and Spanish 21.
Casino Dominoes was tested at Plaza in downtown Las Vegas. The game used cards with pictures of dominoes on it.
The game was uninstalled after its test run and did not land any new installations.
Double Ball Roulette
Double Ball Roulette was featured at Binion’s on Fremont Street. It was a staple for years. The game used two roulette balls on every spin and weighted payouts accordingly. Players hit a 1,200:1 jackpot if both balls landed on the same number.
Binion’s converted the table into a triple-zero roulette wheel.
Flushes Gone Wild
Flushes Gone Wild was like the lost Chase the Flush game. It was found at Golden Nugget. It was a cross between High Card Flush and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
Players were dealt five cards with a two-card community board. Deuces were wild and used to complete flushes, the only hand that mattered in this game. The player’s hand went up against the dealer’s hand to determine the winner.
Four Card Frenzy
Four Card Frenzy was found at Santa Fe Station in the far northwest of the Las Vegas Valley. The game was like Crazy4Poker with a few rule modifications, such as a bad beat bonus added to the blind payouts. To offset this, the blind bet would lose if the player lost to a dealer hand that failed to qualify. That is a push in Crazy4Poker.
Santa Fe Station did not install Crazy4Poker after removing Four Card Frenzy.
Zombie Blackjack was last seen at Red Rock Resort in Summerlin. A player’s hand would win if it busted and the dealer was showing a seven through ace and made a 23, 24, 25, or 26. A 22 still lost, even though that pushed all other hands that did not bust or make a blackjack. This rule allowed for the busted hands to come alive. Red Rock paid 6:5 on blackjacks for this game.
Why Some Games Don’t Make the Cut
There can be a variety of reasons why a game does not cut it and disappears in a short time.
Often, it is simply economics. The casino that held the field trial didn’t think the game made enough money to justify keeping it. When that happens, it can be hard to place the game anywhere else, even if the original location was not ideal.
In addition to noting the lost games during our annual survey, I also identify any new ones that have been introduced. There are nine new Las Vegas table games for 2020. Will any of them still exist this time next year?