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Beware Electronic Table Games With Short Pays

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Written by Joshua

A little while back I shared the great work that John and Kristina Mehaffey were doing over at Vegas Advantage and their sister sites. One of those things was around their table game survey for Las Vegas, which the latest edition was just released. For $20 or less, you can have valuable data that ensures you’re playing the best Blackjack games around, minimizing your house edge.

But they also cover other types of content, and a recent article on electronic table games caught my eye. They noticed some discrepancies on a game called Sic Bo but that played more like a slot machine. A player could easily be deceived into thinking the game followed the standard rules but instead had multipliers and bonuses, with a house advantage that, like slots, could not actually be discerned.

In other cases, they spotted games, like roulette, that had short pays compared to what you would find on an actual table. Instead of getting paid 35:1 on a single number bet, like on traditional roulette, some machines had short pays of as little as 31:1. A split bet would pay 15:1 instead of 17:1.

A more recent example is the Casino Wizard machine by Gaming Arts, which seems to have been proliferating quickly as of late. Some casinos are installing them with pay tables on games like craps that pay less than even money for the pass line and true odds for behind the pass line.

This information is not readily printed, but instead buried deep inside the rules screens, making it likely an unknowing player will sit down and play a subpar game until they either realize it or get up and move on. Players on Twitter had spotted these in both Las Vegas and Reno.

I highly recommend players read John’s article on the topic, but this is just another reminder to always check the pay tables on electronic machines. If you can’t find the information, or when you do it’s not ideal gaming conditions as far as payback, move on and play something else.

Many times casinos will offer multiple options, some of which have better pays than others, just because they know not everyone will check. Don’t let their bad decisions to offer these subpar games be rewarded at your expense.

About the author


My name is Joshua, and I’m a slot enthusiast who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, travel, casino promotions and how you can get the most out of your casino visits.

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