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Last Updated: January 29, 2017

Uptown Downtown

Introduction

I first saw Uptown/Downtown at the Silver Legacy in Reno on January 19, 2017. It is a simple dice game where every bet is resolved in one throw.

Rules



Uptown/Downtown uses two ordinary six-sided dice. There are seven bets to choose from on each throw, as follows:

  • Downtown: Pays 6 to 5 on a total of 2 to 6.
  • Uptown: Pays 6 to 5 on a total of 8 to 12.
  • Midtown: Pays 4 to 1 on a total of 7.
  • Even: Pays 1 to 1 on totals of 4, 6, 8, and 10. A 2 or 12 results in a push.
  • Odd: Pays 1 to 1 on totals of 5, 7, 9, or 11. A 3 results in a push.
  • 2 or 12: Pays 15 to 1 on a total of 2 or 12.
  • 3 or 11: Pays 7 to 1 on a total of 3 or 11.


Players shall take turns shooting the dice. The shooter must make a bet on Downtown or Uptown. He may keep shooting as long as he keeps winning.

If my rules were not clear, maybe the rack card will be more clear. Click on the image for a larger version.



Analysis



The following tables show my analysis of each bet. The expected return can be found in the lower right cell of each table.

Downtown (Total of 2 to 6)

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 to 6 1.2 15 0.416667 0.500000
7 to 12 -1 21 0.583333 -0.583333
Tota 36 1.000000 -0.083333


Uptown (Total of 8 to 12)

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
8 to 12 1.2 15 0.416667 0.500000
2 to 7 -1 21 0.583333 -0.583333
Tota 36 1.000000 -0.083333


Midtown (Total of 7)

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
7 4 6 0.166667 0.666667
All other -1 30 0.833333 -0.833333
Total 36 1.000000 -0.166667


Even

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
4, 6, 8, 10 1 16 0.444444 0.444444
2, 12 0 2 0.055556 0.000000
3, 5, 7, 9, 11 -1 18 0.500000 -0.500000
Total 36 0.944444 -0.055556


Odd

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
5, 7, 9, 11 1 16 0.444444 0.444444
3 0 2 0.055556 0.000000
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 -1 18 0.500000 -0.500000
Total 36 0.944444 -0.055556


2 or 12

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 or 12 15 2 0.055556 0.833333
3 to 11 -1 34 0.944444 -0.944444
Total 36 1.000000 -0.111111


3 or 11

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
3 or 11 7 4 0.111111 0.777778
All other -1 32 0.888889 -0.888889
Total 36 1.000000 -0.111111


Strategy



Following is the house edge of each bet:

  • Uptown: 8.33%
  • Downtown: 8.33%
  • Midtown: 16.67%
  • Even: 5.56%
  • Odd: 5.56%
  • 2 or 12: 11.11%
  • 3 or 11: 11.11%


My advice is that if you must play, stick to the even and odd bets only, which carry the lowest house edge. Please keep in mind the odds in craps are much better.



Discussion about Uptown/Downtown in my forum at Wizard of Vegas.


Written by: Michael Shackleford

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