Last Updated: October 29, 2014

Net Entertainment Software Review

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Introduction

Net Entertainment, also known as NetEnt, was founded in Sweden in 1996, making them one of the first providers of Internet casino software. They are traded publicly on the Stockholm Stock Exchange under the symbol NETB:SS.

Baccarat



There are two versions of baccarat, one just called "baccarat" and the other "punto banco." The only different is that baccarat uses eight decks and punto banco uses six.


Baccarat
 
Punto Banco


The difference between six and eight decks make a slight difference in the odds. The following table shows the house edge for all three bets under both games.

Bingo

Bet Six Decks Eight Decks
Banker 1.0558% 1.0579%
Player 1.2374% 1.2351%
Tie 14.4382% 14.3596%


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



This section shall include conventional blackjack as well as other blackjack variants.


Standard Blackjack
 
Classic Series


Blackjack

You can play standard blackjack in two formats. One is called the "professional series" and the other just says "blackjack." You can also choose to the limits as follows:

  • Low: €0.1 - €5
  • Medium: €1 - €40
  • Medium: €25 - €500

The rules of both standard blackjack games are:

  • Four decks
  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • Dealer peeks for blackjack
  • Double on any two cards
  • Double after split allowed
  • No re-splits
  • No surrender

Using my blackjack house edge calculator, the house edge is 0.44%. To the right is the appropriate basic strategy for the Net Entertainment rules.

Double Jack is a side bet available in the "classic series" version of the software. It pays if the first player card is a jack and more if both of them are. Four decks of cards are used. The following return table shows a house edge of 4.93%.

Double Jack — Four Decks

Event Pays Permutations Probability Return
Two jack of spades 100 12 0.000279 0.027871
Two jacks 25 228 0.005295 0.132386
First card jack 10 3,072 0.071349 0.713489
All other -1 39,744 0.923077 -0.923077
Total 43,056 1.000000 -0.049331

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
 
Double Exposure


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. 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.

For more information, please see all the rules and strategy in my pontoon page.

Caribbean Stud Poker



The usual Caribbean Stud Poker rules are followed, except a royal flush pays 200 to 1, instead of the usual 1. This lowers the house edge from 5.22% to 5.21%.

Keep in mind that the house edge is ratio of the expected loss to the original bet. If you factor in the raises, then the ratio of the expected loss to total amount wagered, what I call the Element of Risk, is 2.55%.

There is a progressive jackpot with the following pay table:

  • Royal flush: 100% of Jackpot
  • Straight flush: €2,500
  • Four of a kind: €250
  • Full house: €100
  • Flush: €25
  • Straight: €10
  • Three of a kind: €5

The return for the side bet is 43.27% plus 1.54% for each €10,000 in the meter. The meter reaches break-even at a jackpot of €368,575.

Casino Hold 'Em



Net Entertainment follows the 1-2-3-10-20-100 pay table for a house edge of 2.16%. For the side bet they follow the 7-25 pay table for a house edge of 6.40%.

For more information about the game, please see my page on Casino Hold 'Em.

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%.

Bonus Keno



Bonus Keno plays like regular bingo with a couple extra features tacked on. Here are the rules.

  1. The player picks 2 to 10 numbers from the range of 1 to 80.
  2. The game will sometimes place a joker behind one of the unpicked numbers. This probability is not stated in the rules, but based on personal experience seems to be about 1 in 3.
  3. As in regular keno, the game draws 20 numbers at random and the player is paid according to the number that match his own picks.
  4. If one of the 20 numbers drawn by the game matches results in uncovering a joker then a bonus countdown will be incremented by one.
  5. Once five jokers have been found then the player will get a bonus game. This will consist of one free game where all wins, except the progressive jackpot, are doubled.
  6. If the 20 balls drawn by the game cover a specific J shape, consisting of the numbers 3, 4, 14, 24, 34, 44, 51, 54, 62, and 63, then the player will win a progressive jackpot.
  7. The jackpot shown is based on a full €5 bet. If betting less, and the player covers the J pattern, then the player will win a pro-rated share of the jackpot according to the ratio of his bet and €5. For example, a €2 bet would win 40%.

The following table shows the pay table.

Bonus Keno Pay Table

Catch Pick 2 Pick 3 Pick 4 Pick 5 Pick 6 Pick 7 Pick 8 Pick 9 Pick 10
0
1 1 0.5 0.5
2 7 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5
3 23 6 4 2 1 1 0.5 0.5
4 40 12 7 5 3 2 1
5 100 53 15 5 5 4
6 300 100 20 23 10
7 500 300 250 100
8 1,000 500 300
9 5,000 2,000
10 10,000


The following table shows the return for each number of picks, before considering the jackpot. The column for the bonus return is based on 1 in 3 games having a potential joker, which results in a bonus frequency of 1 in 60 games.

Bonus Keno Return

Pick Base Game Bonus Total
2 80.06% 2.67% 82.73%
3 81.21% 2.71% 83.91%
4 81.10% 2.70% 83.81%
5 81.58% 2.72% 84.30%
6 81.63% 2.72% 84.35%
7 81.43% 2.71% 84.14%
8 81.47% 2.72% 84.19%
9 81.37% 2.71% 84.08%
10 81.66% 2.72% 84.38%


Note that the best value is on the pick 10.

Based on a bonus frequency of 1 in 60, I calculate the probability of a bonus to be 1 in 8,765,618 paid games. For every €1,000,000 in the meter the return goes up by 2.28%, based on a €5 wager. To reach the break-even point on the pick 10 the jackpot would need to reach €6,843,789. As of this writing the jackpot at the Casumo casino is at €8,389, so it may be a long wait.

If anybody with Net Entertainment should read this I would appreciate knowing the exact frequency of joker placement.

Oasis Poker



If Oasis Poker is your game, then you're in luck with Net Entertainment. This is game is very difficult to find in both the land and online casinos.

Briefly, the game is like Caribbean Stud Poker, but the player may draw before making the fold/call decision. However, the price to draw is equal to the product of the Ante bet and the number of cards drawn.

The standard pay table is used, resulting in a house edge of 1.03% and element of risk of 0.48%. It is hard to find a better bet than that.

Red Dog



Net Entertainment has got to be one of the few places left to play Red Dog. They use a single deck of cards for a house edge of 3.16%.

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.

Net Ent kindly discloses the return of all their games. You can see it by clicking the question mark in any game. The following table shows the returns of the various scratch card games.

Ace

Game Bet Amount Return
Lost Pyramid €1.0 92.0%
Bubbles €2.0 90.3%
Marbles €2.0 90.3%
Shoot for Gold €2.0 90.3%
Fortuna €2.0 90.0%
Ace €2.0 87.5%
Tribble €2.0 87.5%
Tribble Knockout €1.0 87.5%
Zodiac €1.5 87.5%
Triple Wins €0.5 87.5%
7 Gold Scratch €2.0 86.0%
Hall of Fame €2.0 85.2%
Lucky Double €2.0 85.0%
Max Win €2.0 85.0%


This table does not include Triple Wins High Roller, which is a progressive game, and thus has a variable return. That game is explained in more detail below.

Ace

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


Tribble

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


Zodiac

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


Marbles

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

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


Lost Pyramid

A good argument could be made that Lost Pyramid isn't a scratch card game because the prizes are not created in predetermined batches. Rather, the player is in complete control of his own destiny. However, I'll put it in the scratch card category anyway, because the the player experience is much the same.

In the game there is a pyramid of 36 bricks, including seven hidden golden ones. The player picks seven of them and win according to how many golden bricks he finds. The follow table shows the probability and return. The lower right cell shows a return of 91.95%.

Triple Wins Jackpot

Win Number Combinations Probability Return
7 €50,000.00 1 0.00000012 0.00598969
6 €500.00 203 0.00002432 0.01215907
5 €50.00 8,526 0.00102136 0.05106808
4 €10.00 127,890 0.01532042 0.15320424
3 €4.00 831,285 0.09958276 0.39833103
2 €1.00 2,493,855 0.29874827 0.29874827
1 €0 3,325,140 0.39833103 0.00000000
0 €0 1,560,780 0.18697171 0.00000000
Total 8,347,680 1.00000000 0.91950039


Returns:

  • Ace: 87.5%
  • Fortuna: 90.0%
  • Hall of Fame: 85.2%
  • Lucky Double: 85.0%
  • 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%

Slots


Mega Fortune
 
Aliens
 
Attraction

Blood Suckers
 
Beach
 
Big Bang


TXS Hold 'em



This is the same game as Texas Hold 'Em Bonus. Net Entertainment follows the liberal Las Vegas version of the rules for a house edge of 2.04% and element of risk of 0.53%.

Why they had to drop the vowels from Texas in the title, I have no idea.

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%.

Joker Poker

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 1-, 5- 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-play.


1 Play
 
5 Play
 
10 Play

25 Play
 
50 Play
 
100 Play


All American




1 Play
 
25 Play
 
100 Play


All American is available in 1-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-play. The return table below shows a return of 98.11%.

All American

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 37,330,602 0.000022 0.017979
Straight Flush 90 212,954,441 0.000128 0.011538
Four of a Kind 35 3,739,961,636 0.002251 0.078802
Full House 8 18,248,268,924 0.010986 0.087885
Flush 8 26,165,724,082 0.015752 0.126016
Straight 8 31,166,489,045 0.018763 0.150100
Three of a kind 3 114,242,443,040 0.068775 0.206325
Two pair 1 198,520,852,464 0.119511 0.119511
Pair 1 303,887,362,797 0.182943 0.182943
Nonpaying hand 0 964,881,156,069 0.580868 0.000000
Total 1,661,102,543,100 1.000000 0.981100


The player can also play All American "Double Up." In this game the player can choose 1, 5, 10, or 25 hands and after any win the player may double up to five times.

In the double feature five cards are laid out and the player bets on them one at a time until he loses or cashes out. I wondered if these cards were dealt from a single deck without replacement. The rules just say, "At the top of a new screen, 5 cards are dealt face down from left to right." If the same card can't be dealt twice, then the player could increase his return by betting on the color in the minority of exposed cards. For example, if the first card exposed was red, then if my theory was right, then the next card would have a 26/51 = 50.98% chance of being black. So, I played it a while and saw the same card twice in the same set of five cards. Thus, my theory was disproven and there is no additional advantage to be had in the double game.


Double Up -- 25 Play
 
Double Feature


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