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Bingo



The player may buy up to three strips of cards for $2 each. Each strip has three cards and each card has 25 numbers without a free square. The player is paid according to how many balls it takes, up to 30, to takes to form a bingo. The game always draws 30 balls and pays for all bingos formed, even multiple on the same card.

I took the trouble to work out the math. The following table shows the expected win per card. The return column is the product of the win, probability, and 18. The reason for multiplying by 18 is the player gets 36 possible ways to make a line per $2 bet, or 18 lines per dollar.

Bingo

Balls Pays Probability Return
5 to 6 Jackpot 0.00000035 ?
7 to 8 1000 0.00000290 0.05214553
9 to 11 200 0.00002352 0.08468434
12 to 14 80 0.00008923 0.12848658
15 to 16 40 0.00013708 0.09870105
17 to 18 20 0.00024335 0.08760449
19 to 21 8 0.00068258 0.09829223
22 to 25 4 0.00189931 0.13675060
26 to 30 2 0.00517840 0.18642235
Total 0 0.00825672 0.87308717 + ?


As you can see, the fixed returns contribute 87.31% to the return. The additional return per €1,000 in the jackpot meter is 0.63%. The break-even meter, where the return is exactly 100%, is at €20281.83. According to the game rules, the overall return is 90%.

Blackjack



Double Exposure

Double Exposure is a blackjack variant where both dealer cards are exposed. The player pays for that by losing on ties and a winning blackjack pays 1 to 1. Variable rules are as follows:

  • Six decks
  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • Double on 9 to 11 only
  • Blackjack tie is a push
  • Double after split allowed
  • No re-splits

The help files claim the return on this game is 99.33%, for a house edge of 0.67%. However, I get a house edge of 1.0%. Stanford Wong's Basic Blackjack puts these rules at 0.9%.

Pontoon

Pontoon is a strange blackjack variant including such rules as a blackjack, known as a "pontoon," pays 2 to 1 and five-card hands outrank those of 2-4 cards, except pontoons, and also pay 2 to 1. To pay for that, ties lose and there is no dealer card exposed. Before playing, please see all the rules and strategy in my pontoon page. Net Ent follows the RTG rules where the dealer hits on a soft 17 and drawing and re-splitting after splitting aces is allowed.

This game should not be confused with Australian pontoon, which is what is called Spanish 21 elsewhere.

The help files claim the return on this game is 99.66%, for a house edge of 0.34%. However, I get a house edge of 0.38%. Close enough.

Golden Derby



Golden Derby is a very well done horse racing game. The game opens with the player filling out a betting form. It look me some trial and error to figure out how. For win, place, and show bets you have to do the following in order:

  1. Choose the horse
  2. Choose the bet amount (€0.5 to 10 )
  3. Choose the type of bet (win, place, or show)
  4. Click "add bets"
  5. Click start race

Repeat steps 1 to 3 for multiple bets. There is also another screen for quinella and exacta bets, which are on the first two horses to finish. With a quinella the two horses can finish in either order and with an exacta they must finish in the order specified.

With any bet made the player automatically qualifies for a jackpot bet. The way this works is the game gives the player the numbers one to eight in a specified order. If the horses finish in this exact order then the player wins the jackpot, which was &euro 2,682 at the time of this writing. If six of the eight win in the specified order, then the player gets 10% of the jackpot. The help screen says the odds of winning the jackpot are somehow correlated to the amount the player wagers.

According to the help screen, the return is 93.1%.

Roulette



There are a host of ways you can play roulette. First, you can choose between American, European, and French roulette. Second, you can choose between two different versions, except with American roulette, which seem to differ only in graphics. Third, in some cases you can choose the low, medium, or high-limit games.

My only advice is to stay away from the American roulette, with the higher house advantage at 5.26%. The European and French games have one zero only, for a house edge of 2.70%. Sorry, but none of these games have the liberal half-back rule on even money bets if the ball lands in zero.


American Roulette
 
European Roulette
 
European Roulette

French Roulette
 
French Roulette


Scratch Cards




7 Gold Scratch
 
Ace
 
Tribble


NetEnt players must like scratch cards, because there are a lot to choose from. For those unfamiliar with them, a scratch card is one of many prizes drawn at random. The makers of physical scratch cards will create them in large batches, of 100,000 or so, with a predetermined prize distribution, and sell the entries, one batch at a time. This way there is a guaranteed return to the retailer after each batch. In other words, it is like the biblical process of casting lots.

To make it more fun, the ticket doesn't just tell you what you won, but you have to scratch various places to determine if you won. A common way format is to have a field of icons to scratch and if you reveal three of the same thing then you win. Either the monetary amount of the three of a kind or you scratch yet another place to reveal the prize.

I'm not sure if NetEnt also creates batches of prizes or if each play is independent. However, the odds are the same either way. Following are the prize distributions of some of the games.

The following table shows the prizes for the Ace game. The lower left cell shows a return to player of $1.75. The cost of a ticket is $2, so the expected return is 87.50%.

Ace

Win Number Probability Return
$50,000 1 0.000001 0.050000
$10,000 1 0.000001 0.010000
$5,000 4 0.000004 0.020000
$4,000 5 0.000005 0.020000
$2,000 5 0.000005 0.010000
$1,000 10 0.000010 0.010000
$500 20 0.000020 0.010000
$400 25 0.000025 0.010000
$200 50 0.000050 0.010000
$100 100 0.000100 0.010000
$50 1,400 0.001400 0.070000
$40 2,000 0.002000 0.080000
$20 10,000 0.010000 0.200000
$10 30,000 0.030000 0.300000
$5 40,000 0.040000 0.200000
$4 90,000 0.090000 0.360000
$2 190,000 0.190000 0.380000
$- 636,379 0.636379 0.000000
Total 1,000,000 1.000000 1.750000


The following table shows the prizes for the Tribble game. Note that the prizes and distribution is not the same as the Ace game above. The lower left cell shows a return to player of €1.75. The cost of a ticket is €2, so the expected return is 87.50%.

Tribble

Win Number Probability Return
$100,000 1 0.000001 0.100000
$50,000 1 0.000001 0.050000
$10,000 2 0.000002 0.020000
$5,000 4 0.000004 0.020000
$2,000 5 0.000005 0.010000
$1,000 5 0.000005 0.005000
$500 12 0.000012 0.006000
$100 50 0.000050 0.005000
$60 200 0.000200 0.012000
$50 300 0.000300 0.015000
$40 1,000 0.001000 0.040000
$20 3,000 0.003000 0.060000
$12 6,000 0.006000 0.072000
$10 7,500 0.007500 0.075000
$8 30,000 0.030000 0.240000
$6 40,000 0.040000 0.240000
$4 100,000 0.100000 0.400000
$2 190,000 0.190000 0.380000
$- 621,920 0.621920 0.000000
Total 1,000,000 1.000000 1.750000


The following table shows the prizes for the Zodiac game. The lower left cell shows a return to player of €1.312. The cost of a ticket is €1.50, so the expected return is 87.50%.

Zodiac

Win Number Probability Return
$25,000 2 0.000002 0.041667
$10,000 2 0.000002 0.016667
$2,000 5 0.000004 0.008333
$1,000 10 0.000008 0.008333
$200 50 0.000042 0.008333
$50 100 0.000083 0.004167
$30 400 0.000333 0.010000
$15 2,000 0.001667 0.025000
$12 8,000 0.006667 0.080000
$9 18,000 0.015000 0.135000
$6 70,000 0.058333 0.350000
$3 150,000 0.125000 0.375000
$2 200,000 0.166667 0.250000
$- 751,431 0.626193 0.000000
Total 1,200,000 1.000000 1.312500


The following table shows the prizes for the Marbles game. Unlike the other scratch card games above, Marbles comes in two stages. First the player picks six out of eight marbles, although they look like pearls to me. After picking each one, it will change color to red or golden. Five are red and three are golden. If the player finds all three golden marbles in his six picks then he will get one of the prizes in the table below.

The probability of finding the three gold marbles is 0.357143. The lower right cell in the table shows the average prize is $5.056878. So, the expected win is 0.357143 × $5.056878 = $1.81. It costs $2 to play, so the expected return is $1.81/$2 = 90.3%.

Marbles

Win Number Probability Return
$50,000 1 0.000001 0.050000
$2,000 10 0.000010 0.020000
$200 50 0.000050 0.010000
$100 500 0.000500 0.050000
$40 1,000 0.001000 0.040000
$20 45,000 0.045000 0.900000
$10 140,000 0.140000 1.400000
$4 480,000 0.480000 1.920000
$2 333,439 0.333439 0.666878
Total 1,000,000 1.000000 5.056878


Triple Wins Jackpot sets itself apart with a progressive jackpot. The bet amount is $2 and fixed wins return $1.634, for a fixed win return rate of 81.7%. For each $20,000 in the meter, the return goes up by 1%. To reach break-even (zero house edge), the meter would need to be $366,000. At the time of this writing it was at $31,905. According to the rules, the average return is 87.5%.

Triple Wins Jackpot

Win Number Probability Return
Jackpot 1 0.000001 ?
$30,000 1 0.000001 0.030000
$10,000 4 0.000004 0.040000
$4,000 25 0.000025 0.100000
$2,000 100 0.000100 0.200000
$200 1,200 0.001200 0.240000
$10 15,000 0.015000 0.150000
$4 43,500 0.043500 0.174000
$2 350,000 0.350000 0.700000
$- 590,169 0.590169 0.000000
Total 1,000,000 1.000000 1.634000


Returns:

  • Ace: 87.5%
  • Hall of Fame: 85.2%
  • Max Win: 85.0%
  • Tribble: 87.5%
  • Triple Wins: 87.5%
  • Triple Wins Jackpot: 81.7% + 1% per $20,000 in meter
  • Marbles: 90.3%
  • Shoot 4 Gold: 90.3%
  • Zodiac: 87.5%

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Video Poker



Jacks or Better

Net Entertainment has an unorthodox return table in Jacks or Better that pays only 40 for a straight flush and 20 for a four of a kind. The standard pays are 50 and 25. Otherwise, they follow the standard 9-6 pay table. The player may play 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, or 100 hands.

Following is the complete return table. The lower right cell shows a return of 98.25%.

40/20/9/6 Jacks or Better

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 41,130,752 0.000025 0.019809
Straight Flush 40 181,113,379 0.000109 0.004361
Four of a Kind 20 3,924,440,107 0.002363 0.047251
Full House 9 19,123,042,023 0.011512 0.103610
Flush 6 18,288,847,704 0.011010 0.066060
Straight 4 18,658,064,345 0.011232 0.044929
Three of a kind 3 123,666,527,572 0.074448 0.223345
Two pair 2 214,743,704,454 0.129278 0.258556
Pair 1 356,492,209,536 0.214612 0.214612
Nonpaying hand 0 905,983,463,228 0.545411 0.000000
Total 1,661,102,543,100 1.000000 0.982534


You can play Jacks or Better in two modes. The following screenshots show the "classic" mode, which can be played in 1-, 5-, and 10-play.


1 Play
 
5 Play
 
10 Play


You can play Jacks or Better in the "professional series." The following screenshots show this look in 1-, 10-, 25-, 50- and 100-play..


1 Play
 
10 Play
 
25 Play

50 Play
 
100 Play


Deuces Wild

Net Entertainment has what is normally a common deuces wild pay table, instead pays 20 only for a wild royal flush instead of 25. Following is the complete return table. The lower right cell shows a return of 97.97%.

Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 37,661,459 0.000023 0.018138
Four deuces 200 312,088,926 0.000188 0.037576
Wild royal flush 20 2,988,384,212 0.001799 0.035981
Five of a Kind 15 5,198,417,244 0.003129 0.046942
Straight Flush 9 8,285,570,609 0.004988 0.044892
Four of a Kind 4 102,131,370,032 0.061484 0.245936
Full House 4 43,510,123,766 0.026194 0.104774
Flush 3 34,053,066,076 0.020500 0.061501
Straight 2 96,106,256,092 0.057857 0.115714
Three of a kind 1 445,610,023,777 0.268262 0.268262
Nonpaying hand 0 922,869,580,907 0.555577 0.000000
Total 1,661,102,543,100 1.000000 0.979716


You can play in "classic" mode in 1-, 10-, 25-, and 50-play.


1 Play
 
10 Play
 
25 Play

50 Play


You can also play deuces wild in the "professional series." The following screenshots show this look in 1-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50- and 100-play..


1 Play
 
5 Play
 
10 Play

50 Play
 
100 Play


Joker Poker

Following is the complete return table for Joker Wild. The lower right cell shows a return of 97.95%.

Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 50,604,445 0.000025 0.019773
Five of a kind 200 190,229,855 0.000093 0.018583
Wild royal flush 100 212,832,619 0.000104 0.010395
Straight flush 50 1,219,767,242 0.000596 0.029788
Four of a kind 15 17,412,526,385 0.008505 0.127570
Full house 8 31,990,926,375 0.015625 0.125001
Flush 5 32,455,066,214 0.015852 0.079259
Straight 3 34,541,810,435 0.016871 0.050613
Three of a kind 2 272,910,568,655 0.133296 0.266592
Two pair 1 226,580,378,985 0.110667 0.110667
Kings or better 1 289,151,571,414 0.141228 0.141228
Nothing 0 1,140,689,177,476 0.557139 0.000000
Total 2,047,405,460,100 1.000000 0.979469


You can play in "classic" mode in 1-, 10-, 25-, and 50-play.


1 Play
 
10 Play
 
25 Play

50 Play


You can also play deuces wild in the "professional series." The following screenshots show this look in 1-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50- and 100-play..


1 Play
 
5 Play
 
10 Play

50 Play
 
100 Play


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