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Last Updated: March 24, 2017

Amigotechs Review

Introduction

Amigotechs is a supplier of Internet casino software out of Panama. Their games are simple and easy to play. I suspect their business model is primarily as a casino add-on to sports books.

After performing this review, I must say my opinion of the software is not high. This is because:

  • The game rules are often stingy.
  • The slots look outdated.
  • The games take a long time to load.
  • The help files often omit important information about the rules.
  • Ridiculous inconsistencies in the rules. For example, the video poker house edge ranges from 0.20% to 13.19%.
  • They dare to offer 6-5 blackjack — which is an abomination to the game.

More importantly, Amigotechs has twice been caught dealing an unfair game of video poker. The two incidents were three years apart. For more information on that story, please see my Internet casino blacklist.


1X2 Banco


1X2 Banco
 

This game is based on the roll of three special dice. Two are numbered with only a 1, 2, and X. The other serves as a multiplier. The player has a host of bets to choose from on the outcome, much like roulette.

For a complete explanation of the rules and my analysis, please see my page on 1X2 Banco.

Baccarat


Baccarat
 

This is a no-nonsense game of baccarat. The help file doesn't state the number of decks, but it doesn't make much difference.

Blackjack


Single Deck -- 6 to 5
 

The day I knew would come at last has come at last. Internet casinos are now dealing 6 to 5 blackjack. Indeed, Amigotechs is the first brand of Internet casino software I've seen to offer this awful game.

The good news is there are some decent games too. The best game is basically a tie between the 3-2 single-deck game and the 6-deck game — both with surrender. Both have a house edge about 0.39%. There is no benefit to choosing the version without surrender.

Many games have two versions -- one with a single player hand and one with up to three.

The following table shows the Blackjack games available in alphabetical order.

Amigotechs Blackjack Alphabetic OrderExpand

Game BJ Pays Soft 17 Double After Split Double Splits Number Re split aces Draw to split aces Peek Surr-ender Return Total Decks
Single deck -- 3 to 2 1.5 Hit No 10 or 11 1 No No Yes No 99.62% 1
Single deck -- 6 to 5 -- No surrender 6-5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 98.72% 1
Single deck -- 6 to 5 -- With surrender 6-5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes Yes 98.74% 1
Six decks -- No surrender 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 99.54% 6
Six decks -- With surrender 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes Yes 99.61% 6


Here is the same list in returns range, choose your game wisely.

Amigotechs Blackjack Return OrderExpand

Game BJ Pays Soft 17 Double After Split Double Splits Number Re split aces Draw to split aces Peek Surr-ender Return Total Decks
Single deck -- 3 to 2 1.5 Hit No 10 or 11 1 No No Yes No 99.62% 1
Six decks -- With surrender 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes Yes 99.61% 6
Six decks -- No surrender 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 99.54% 6
Single deck -- 6 to 5 -- With surrender 6-5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes Yes 98.74% 1
Single deck -- 6 to 5 -- No surrender 6-5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 98.72% 1


Blackjack Switch


Blackjack Switch
 

Here are the configurable Blackjack Switch rules offered at Amigotechs, as near as I can tell:

  • Six decks.
  • Dealer hits soft 17.
  • Dealer peeks for blackjack.
  • Player may double any two cards.
  • Player may double after a split.
  • No surrender.
  • Blackjack and switched blackjack automatically wins.
  • Player may split once only.

Normally, Amigotechs rules are rather stingy, but Blackjack Switch is a welcome exception. I suspect they didn't know that usually a switched blackjack is subject to the push 22 rule, if not all blackjacks. Given that all blackjacks, including switched ones, automatically win, I put the house edge at 0.18%.

Casino War


Casino War
 

A single deck is used with the stingy "no bonus" rule for a tie after a tie. The house edge under these rules is 2.42%.

For more information, please see my page on Casino War.

Craps


Craps
 

The craps game basically follows the stingy American rules. Here are the specifics:

  • Pass/Come odds: 3-4-5x. This means the player may bet up to 3x his pass or come bet on the odds if the point is a 4 or 10, 4x if it is a 5 or 9, and 5x if it is a 6 or 8.
  • Don't Pass/Don't Come odds: 3-4-5x. This means that the player may lay up to 6x his don't pass or don't come bet on the odds, relative to the bet amount. This equates to winning 3x on a point of 4 or 10, 4x on a 5 or 9, and 5x on a 6 or 8.
  • Place: Contrary to what the help file says, the only way to bet on the numbers directly is with place bets. They pay the standard odds of 9 to 5 on the 4 and 10, 7 to 5 on the 5 and 9, and 7 to 6 on the 6 and 8.
  • Lay: Also contrary to the help file, as well as the table felt, the only way to bet against a number is with lay bets. These pay true odds, less a 5% commission based on the win and deducted after the win. This equates to odds of 19 to 40 on the 4 and 10, 19 to 30 on the 5 and 9, and 19 to 24 on the 6 and 8.
  • Field: This is the stingy version that pays 2 to 1 only on a 2 and 12.
  • Hop bets: Stingy rules that pay 15 to 1 on easy hops and 30 to 1 on hard hops.
  • Hard ways: Stingy American rules that pay 7 and 9 to 1, depending on the number.
  • Big 6 and 8: I've said this before but I find these bets very objectionable. Most casinos have the class to not offer them at all, but alas, this is not the case with Amigotechs. For those who don't know, these are the same thing as place bets on the 6 and 8, but instead of paying 7 to 6, they pay even money only. This is truly taking advantage of suckers who don't know any better.
  • Any seven: The worst bet on the table. The stingy American 4 to 1 odds are offered, for a house edge of 16.67%.
  • Any craps: Again, the stingy American odds are offered, in this case 7 to 1.

In case you're wondering where you can bet better than the "American" odds, all the proposition bets and hard ways pay more in the UK and Australia. Also, many Internet casinos have liberal odds on these bets, with the lower overhead. However, such is not the case with Amigotechs.

Double Exposure


Double Exposure
 

Much like Red Dog, I don't understand why just about every Internet casino has to have this dying game, but such is the case. In the case of Amigotechs, the rules for double exposure are as follows:

  • Six decks.
  • Dealer stands on soft 17.
  • Tied blackjack is a push.
  • Double on 9 to 11 only.
  • Split once only.

The house edge I get under these rules is 0.99%.

Keno


Keno

Keno Artist

Keno Dragon

There are three keno games to choose from. The pay tables are as follows.

The first pay table is for generic "keno."

KenoExpand

Catch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 3 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9 2 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0
3 16 6 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
4 12 15 3 6 3 2 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5
5 30 30 12 6 4 3 2 2 3 2 1
6 75 36 19 8 5 6 4 4 3 2
7 100 90 20 10 15 24 5 5 5
8 720 80 30 25 72 20 12 15
9 1200 600 180 250 80 50 50
10 1800 1000 500 240 150 150
11 3000 2000 500 500 300
12 4000 3000 1000 600
13 6000 2000 1200
14 7500 2500
15 10000


The second pay table is for "Keno Artist."

Keno ArtistExpand

Catch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 3.75 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9.3 2 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0
3 16.5 6 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
4 12.5 15 3 6 3 2 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5
5 52 30 12 6 4 3 2 2 3 2 1
6 95 34 19 8 5 5 5 4 3 2
7 100 150 25 8 20 20 7 5 6
8 1000 150 30 55 66 12 11 15
9 2000 250 150 250 30 50 30
10 2000 600 600 100 175 100
11 3000 2000 300 500 250
12 5000 1000 1500 600
13 6000 3500 2000
14 8000 5000
15 30000


The third pay table is for "Keno Dragon."

Keno DragonExpand

Catch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 3.9 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9.85 2 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0
3 19 6 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
4 23 17 3 6 3 2 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5
5 61 38 12 7 5 3 2 2 3 2 1
6 135 36 27 8 6 7 5 4 3 2
7 200 105 22 16 16 20 6 5 5
8 1000 135 65 55 90 24 12 18
9 1500 400 275 300 80 45 50
10 2500 1500 750 225 160 165
11 4000 2000 700 500 450
12 7000 2500 1000 950
13 9000 2000 2000
14 70500 5000
15 15000


After crunching all the numbers, the following table shows the returns for all three keno game by the number of picks.

Keno Returns

Pick Keno Keno
Artist
Keno
Dragon
1 75.00% 93.75% 97.50%
2 92.09% 93.89% 97.20%
3 93.04% 93.73% 97.20%
4 72.52% 93.94% 97.16%
5 92.58% 94.00% 97.00%
6 93.79% 94.04% 97.04%
7 94.15% 94.01% 94.40%
8 92.90% 93.98% 96.98%
9 93.43% 94.02% 97.01%
10 94.54% 94.01% 97.01%
11 93.10% 93.99% 97.04%
12 94.22% 94.07% 97.08%
13 94.90% 94.02% 97.00%
14 94.27% 94.01% 94.03%
15 94.39% 94.02% 97.02%


The bottom line is the greatest return for regular keno is the pick-8 at 94.90%. For Keno Artist it is pick-12 at 94.07%. For Keno Dragon it is the pick-1 at 97.50%.

I know that keno players love the chance of a big windfall, which you obviously won't get with a pick-1. Regardless of what your risk tolerance is, Keno Dragon has by far the most generous pay tables of the three.

Let it Ride


Keep 'Em Poker
 

Amigotechs calls their Let it Ride game Keep 'Em Poker. The standard 1-2-3-5-8-11-50-200-1000 pay table is used, for a house edge of 3.51%.

There is also a side bet that goes 6-9-25-50-75-100-2000-20,000 (on a "for one" basis) for a house edge of 6.14%.

Caribbean Stud Poker


Stud Poker
 

Amigotechs calls this game "Stud Poker." The standard pay table is followed for a house edge of 5.22%.

For more information about the game in general, please see my page on Caribbean Stud Poker.

Crazy 4 Poker


Crazy Poker
 

As far as I know, Amigotechs is the only brand of software to offer Crazy 4 Poker, which they call "Crazy Poker." The usual 1-1.5-2-15-30-200 Super Bonus pay table is followed for a house edge of 3.42%. The Queens Up side bet follows the 1-2-3-4-8-30-50 pay table, for a house edge of 4.52%.

Pai Gow Poker


Pai Gow Poker
 

I can't stand it when players call pai gow poker just "pai gow," but it is unforgivable for a casino to do it. Pai gow is played with 32 dominoes or tiles. Pai gow poker is played with a deck of 53 cards. Amigotechs makes the amateurish mistake of calling their pai gow poker game simply "pai gow."

The dealer is always the banker, which results in a house edge of 2.72%, assuming the player follows the house way.

Three Card Poker


Poker Three
 

Amigotechs calls their Three Card Poker game "Poker Three." They follow the usual 1-4-5 Ante Bonus pay table for a house edge of 3.37%. On the Pairplus they follow the liberal 1-4-6-30-40 pay table for a house edge of 2.32%.

Red Dog


Red Dog
 

I find it funny how Red Dog died 30 years ago in the land casinos but just about every brand of Internet casino software offers it. Do Internet players just like Red Dog or is everybody else just following the crowd like lemmings? I don't know.

Anyway, Amigotechs uses one deck and what otherwise looks like the usual rules. House edge of 3.16%.

Roulette


European Roulette

American Roulette

French Roulette

There are three roulette games titled American, European, and French. Following are some comments on each of them.

American Roulette



This is double-zero roulette. Even money bets lose all when the ball lands in either zero. I noticed that the help file said the "five number" bet paid 8 to 1!



Such a bet would have an expected value of (5/38)×8 + (33/38)×-1 = 7/38 = 18.42%. In other words, a player advantage of 18.42%!

So I sat and played, making this bet every time until it won. When it finally hit I was paid only 6 to 1. That results in a house advantage of 7.89%. By comparison, the house edge is 5.26% on every other bet. This is typical of the incorrect and incomplete Amigotech help files.

European Roulette



Single zero wheel. If the ball lands in zero the players loses all on even money bets. The house edge is 2.78% on every bet.

French Roulette



Normally "French roulette" implies a single-zero wheel is used and the player loses only half on even money bets when the ball lands in zero. When I clicked on "help" to see the rules I got an error message. So I made a bet on red over and over until the ball landed in zero. When it finally happened I lost everything. So this game is mathematically the same as European roulette.

Scratch Cards


Tutti Frutti

Overboard

Buccaneer Booty

Cosmic Strike

Amigotechs has four scratch card games. In all of them one bets buys four strips. No information is given on the return so you're on your own with them.

Sic Bo


Sic Bo
 

The sic bo odds are very stingy. Perhaps the worst I've seen anywhere. The following table shows what each bet pays, the probability of winning, and expected return.

Table Title

Bet Pays Winning
Combinations
Probability Return
Small, Big 1 105 0.486111 -0.027778
4, 17 60 3 0.013889 -0.152778
5, 16 30 6 0.027778 -0.138889
6, 15 17 10 0.046296 -0.166667
7, 14 12 15 0.069444 -0.097222
8, 13 8 21 0.097222 -0.125000
9, 12 6 25 0.115741 -0.189815
10, 11 6 27 0.125000 -0.125000
Triple 180 1 0.004630 -0.162037
Any triple 30 6 0.027778 -0.138889
Double 10 16 0.074074 -0.185185
Domino 5 30 0.138889 -0.166667
Any number 1,2,3 75,15,1 0.421296 -0.078704


Slots


Beach Party

Dog Father

Cosmic Strike

Eye Spy

Halloween Howls

Scuba View

Witch House

By my count, Amigotechs has 43 slot machines, as evidenced by the inventory at the Skybook casino. They all seemed to be traditional three-reel and five-reel games. I can't say that I was very impressed from an artistic perspective. The help files don't indicate anything about the odds, so you're on your own.

Trente et Quarante


Trente et Quarante
 

I must say I'm surprised and impressed to see somebody offering Trente et Quarante at an Internet casino, despite them changing the name to 30-40. The house edge is 0.90%, assuming the player makes a maximum insurance wager. For more information, please see my page on Trente et Quarante.

Video Poker


2 Ways Royal

Aces and Faces -- 4 Play

Aces & Eights

All American -- 4 Play

Deuces Wild

Jacks or Better -- 18 Play

Jacks or Better -- 50 Play

Joker Poker (two pair or better)

Tens or Better -- 4 Play

Be very careful which video poker game you play. The house edge ranges from 0.20% (2 Ways Royal) to 13.19% (Joker Poker). This is an absurd spread, in my humble opinion.

I also find the slow game play annoying and being bothered with a double up decision after every win.

Finally, I'm getting tired of everybody copying Playtech's 2 Ways Royal game.

The following table shows the Video Poker games available in alphabetical order.

Amigotechs Video Poker Alphabetic Order

Game Power Poker Pay Table Return
2 Ways Royal Yes 1-2-3-4-5-6-40-50-800-800 99.80%
Aces & Eights Yes 1-2-3-4-5-8-25-50-50-80-800 99.78%
All American No 1-1-3-8-8-8-35-200-800 99.60%
Deuces Wild Yes 1-2-3-4-4-9-15-25-200-800 98.91%
Jacks or Better Yes 1-2-3-4-5-7-20-50-800 94.97%
Joker Poker (two pair) No 1-2-3-5-7-17-50-100-200-1000 86.81%
Tens or Better Yes 1-2-3-4-5-6-20-50-800 97.96%

Here is the same list in returns range, choose your game wisely.

Amigotechs Video Poker Return Order

Game Power Poker Pay Table Return
2 Ways Royal Yes 1-2-3-4-5-6-40-50-800-800 99.80%
Aces & Eights Yes 1-2-3-4-5-8-25-50-50-80-800 99.78%
All American No 1-1-3-8-8-8-35-200-800 99.60%
Deuces Wild Yes 1-2-3-4-4-9-15-25-200-800 98.91%
Tens or Better Yes 1-2-3-4-5-6-20-50-800 97.96%
Jacks or Better Yes 1-2-3-4-5-7-20-50-800 94.97%
Joker Poker (two pair) No 1-2-3-5-7-17-50-100-200-1000 86.81%

Conclusion

In the end, I simply cannot recommend Amigotechs as being an online gaming software that you should use. The company’s past history has seen it dealing out unfair hands of video poker, the games they now offer look outdated, and there are tons of inconsistencies in the rules of various games.

For these reasons, I recommend you avoid playing at casinos that offer Amigotechs software. There are certainly much better gaming software firms out there, and you should definitely stick to casinos offering fair and secure titles.


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