Last Updated: December 26, 2005

Net Entertainment Software Review

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The following rules are based on those found at the Cherry Casino . I played there in October 2003. The software is Java, allowing immediately play, either for money or fun. The graphics are nice and to the point. The game speed is fast for Java and the controls are easy to understand.

Baccarat

Eights decks are used. House edge is as follows.

  • Banker: 1.06%
  • Player: 1.24%
  • Tie: 14.36%

Blackjack

There are four blackjack games to choose from as follows.

  • 4 decks, 1 spot, $1-$40 limits
  • 4 decks, 1 spot, $10-$400 limits
  • 4 decks, 3 spots, $1-$40 limits
  • 4 decks, 3 spots, $5-$500 limits

The other rules for all tables are as follows.

  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • Player may double on any first two cards
  • Player may double after splitting
  • Player may split only once
  • Dealer always peeks under ten and ace, exposing a blackjack before player's turn

The house edge in all games is 0.40%.

The following basic strategy chart may be used, which I developed for other software brands.

Caribbean Stud Poker

The standard rules are followed, except a royal flush pays 200 instead of 100 to 1. Cryptologic follows the same pay table. The house edge is normally 5.22% but the extra 100 on the royal drops it to 5.21%.

There is also a progressive side bet. On October 31, 2003 the meter was at $19517.25 for a house edge of 58.06%. At any given time the house edge is 63.76% less 2.92% for every $10,000 in the meter. For the side bet to have no house edge it would have to be $218,047.37.

Casino Hold 'Em

Net Entertainment is the only software to offer Casino Hold 'Em. They follow the 100/20/10/3/2/1 ante pay table for a house edge of 2.16%. On the side bet they follow the 25/7 pay table for a 6.40% house edge. Please see my section on Casino Hold 'Em for the details on this game.

Craps

Three times odds are allowed. If the player bets on the don't pass or don't come the odds he may lay are correctly relative to the win (a rule few Internet casinos get right). Taking full odds the overall house edge on the pass and come is 0.471% and on the don't pass and don't come is 0.341%.

Keno

Net Entertainment offers competitive keno odds. The player may choose from 2 to 10 numbers. A 10 number quick pick button is available. The bet range is $1-$5. The expected return ranges from 94.35% with 3 numbers to 96.20% with 2 numbers. The following table shows the expected return for all number of marks from 2 to 10.

Net Entertainment Keno

Marks Return
2 96.20%
3 94.35%
4 95.13%
5 95.24%
6 95.29%
7 95.38%
8 95.53%
9 95.58%
10 95.29%

Let it Ride

The standard rules are followed. House edge is 3.51%.

Pai Gow Poker

The player never banks. A2345 is the second highest straight. The suggested low card hand is conveniently raised automatically, although the player may choose any cards he likes. The house edge is 2.85%. The Fortune side bet is also available but without other players to get the envy bonus. The house edge on the side bet is 7.86%.

Roulette

A single zero wheel is used. House edge of 2.70%.

Scratch & Win

I'm told by Net Entertainment that the expected return is 95%.

Slots

According to Net Entertainment management the following are the theoretical returns of their slots.

Net Entertainment Slot Returns

Game Return
Fortune 97.3%
Gold rush 96.5%
Pirates Gold 94.8%
Super Sevens 91.6%
US Slot 93.7%
Wild West 96.7%

Video Poker

Net Entertainment offers some unusual pay tables in video poker. Here they are with the associated expected returns assuming optimal strategy. The best game is Jacks or Better at 99.5599%.

Double Bonus - 1 Play Return = 99.1065%

Hand Pays
Royal flush 800
Straight flush 50
4 of a kind: aces 160
4 of a kind: 2-4 80
4 of a kind: 5-K 50
Full house 9
Flush 7
Straight 5
3 of a kind 3
2 pair 1
Jacks or better 1

Jacks or Better - 1 Play Return = 99.5599%

Hand Pays
Royal flush 800
Straight flush 40
Four of a kind 20
Full house 6
Flush 5
Straight 5
Three of a kind 3
Two pair 2
Jacks or better 1

Jacks or Better - 3&5 Play Return = 98.5389%

Game Return
Royal flush 333.33
Straight flush 50
Four of a kind 25
Full house 9
Flush 6
Straight 4
Three of a kind 3
Two pair 2
Jacks or better 1

Deuces Wild - 1 Play Return = 97.9716%

Game Return
Natural royal flush 800
4 deuces 200
Wild royal flush 20
5 of a kind 15
Straight flush 9
4 of a kind 4
Full house 4
Flush 3
Straight 2
3 of a kind 1

Deuces Wild - 3 Play Return = 96.9801%

Game Return
Natural royal flush 350
4 deuces 200
Wild royal flush 20
5 of a kind 15
Straight flush 9
4 of a kind 4
Full house 4
Flush 3
Straight 2
3 of a kind 1

All American - 1 Play Return = 98.1100%

Game Return
Royal flush 800
Straight flush 90
4 of a kind 35
Full house 8
Flush 8
Straight 8
3 of a kind 3
2 pair 1
Jacks or better 1

All American - 3 Play Return = 97.1935%

Game Return
Royal flush 333.33
Straight flush 90
4 of a kind 35
Full house 8
Flush 8
Straight 8
3 of a kind 3
2 pair 1
Jacks or better 1

Joker Poker - 1 Play Return = 97.9469%

Game Return
Natural royal flush 800
5 of a kind 200
Wild royal flush 100
Straight flush 50
4 of a kind 15
Full house 8
Flush 5
Straight 3
3 of a kind 2
2 pair 1
Kings or better 1

Joker Poker - 3 Play Return = 97.1036%

Game Return
Natural royal flush 416.67
5 of a kind 200
Wild royal flush 100
Straight flush 50
4 of a kind 15
Full house 8
Flush 5
Straight 3
3 of a kind 2
2 pair 1
Kings or better 1
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