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Last Updated: May 20, 2015

Dragonfish Review

Introduction

Dragonfish is an online betting firm that is a subsidiary of betting firm 888 that specializes in developing online gaming software for outside operators. Dragonfish was founded in 2007 and has developed Bingo, Poker, Casino, Parlour, and Sportsbetting software for its clients throughout the world. The company works as a completely independent entity from 888, and because of this Dragonfish titles can be found at other online betting sites as well, including Foxy Bingo, the World Series of Poker site, Moon Bingo, and more.

Dragonfish CasinosExpand

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Arcade Spins
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BlingCity
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Fruity Vegas Casino
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LotosCasino
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Lucky Reels Club
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Moon Games
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SecretSlots
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Shanghai Spins
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Slot Crazy
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Spinzilla
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Welcome Slots
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Table Games

The table game menu is pretty standard. About the only surprise is a game I've never seen before called Texas Choose 'Em. Typically, the player will choose between a low, medium, and high limit table. Sometimes the player can change the style of the table.


Baccarat


Baccarat

Misleading pair odds.

Misleading tie odds.

Baccarat follows the usual odds and is played with six decks. The important thing to note is that the table cloth is incorrect when it states that the tie pays 9 to 1 and the pair bets 12 to 1. After playing both bets until they won, what they are doing is paying 9 for 1 on the tie and 12 for 1 on the pairs.

If I'm losing you on the prepositions, "to one" means that the winnings do not include the original wager, which is also returned to the player if he wins. "For one" means that the win includes the return of the original wager. So, for example, 9 for 1 is equivalent to 8 to 1.

Given the actual odds of 8 to 1 on the tie and 11 to 1 on the pairs, the house edge is 14.44% on the tie and 11.25% on the pairs.

In case you're wondering, if the game did offer the odds promised on the felt, the house edge would be 4.93% on the tie and 3.86% on the pairs.

Blackjack


American Blackjack

Classic Blackjack

High Limit Blackjack

There are five blackjack tables to choose from. The table below shows the pertinent rules.

The Jackpot Blackjack game, referred to as Crazy Blackjack on the felt, has the same rules as both Classic blackjack games with three side bets added, as follows:

  • Highest Hand — If you bet more than two hands you can bet which will have the higher/highest initial total.
  • Safe Bet — This is a hedge bet that your hand will be a hard total of 12 to 16 that can't be re-split.
  • 777 Jackpot — $1 bet on three sevens.

Click on any of the links in the bet names for all the details.

Rules common to all games are:

  • Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
  • Dealer stands on soft 17.
  • No surrender.
  • Split to one hand only, except the help files say that the re-splitting rule the High Limit Multi-hand game is that each hand may be re-split once. So, you could end up with four hands total, but only if two originate from each of the two hands after splitting.

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

Dragonfish Blackjack Alphabetic Order

Game Double After Split Double Peek Return Total Decks
American Yes Any 2 No 99.52% 6
Classic Yes Any 2 Yes 99.56% 4
Classic Multi-hand Yes Any 2 Yes 99.56% 4
High Limit Multi-hand Yes 9 to 11 No 99.34% 6
Jackpot Blackjack No Any 2 Yes 99.56% 4

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

Dragonfish Blackjack Return Order

Game Double After Split Double Peek Return Total Decks
Classic Yes Any 2 Yes 99.56% 4
Classic Multi-hand Yes Any 2 Yes 99.56% 4
Jackpot Blackjack No Any 2 Yes 99.56% 4
American Yes Any 2 No 99.52% 6
High Limit Multi-hand Yes 9 to 11 No 99.34% 6

Craps


Craps
 

The craps game offers limits on the odds after a pass or come bet that I've never seen before — 6x on the 4 and 10, 4.5x on the 5 and 9, and 3.6x on the 6 and 8. Very strange. The combined house edge between the pass and odds under these limits is 0.35%.

The don't pass and don't come bets also feature the exact same limits laying the odds as taking them after a pass or come bet. The limits are based on the bet amount, not the win amount. The balanced house edge between the don't pass or don't come bet and the maximum odds is 0.34%.

The place and don't place bets offer the standard odds. For my American readers, in the UK and Australia they offer "don't place" bets, which are like the opposite of place bets. They pay 4-5 on the 6 and 8, 5-8 on the 5 and 9, and 5-11 on the 4 and 10.

Normally on buy bets the commission is taken from the bet amount. However, Dragonfish takes it from the win amount, which disadvantages the player. However, they nicely only charge the commission after a win. This makes the effective odds on buy bets 1.9 to 1 on the 4 and 10, 1.425 to 1 on the 5 and 9, and 1.14 to 1 on the 6 and 8. The house edge is 3.33% on the 4 and 10, 3.00% on the 5 and 9, and 2.73% on the 6 and 8.

The 5% commission on lay bets is correctly applied to the win amount and payable after a win only. This makes the effective odds on buy bets 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. The house edge is 1.67% on the 4 and 10, 2.00% on the 5 and 9, and 2.27% on the 6 and 8.

The following table summarizes the house edge on all for ways to bet on or against the numbers above.

Dragonfish Craps Comparison

Point Place Buy Lay Place
to Lose
4 or 10 6.67% 3.33% 3.03% 1.67%
5 or 9 4.00% 3.00% 2.50% 2.00%
6 or 8 1.52% 2.73% 1.82% 2.27%


The bottom lines is that if you wish to bet on or against a point number, the buy and lay bets have the lower house edge on the 4, 5, 9, and 10, while the place and don't place are superior on the 6 and 8.

The odds on the proposition bets are standard. After the misleading baccarat felt I checked if the craps payoffs were correct, which they are.

Deal or No Deal


Deal or No Deal

Banker Offer

This game is pretty much like the television show. Please visit my Deal or No Deal page for all the details.

Caribbean Stud Poker

Pai Gow Poker


Pai gow poker
 

Very standard pai gow poker rules — 5% commission and no player banking. The player cards are nicely arranged in order and it is impossible to foul your hand. Assuming the player uses the house way the house edge is 2.72%.

Three Card Poker


Triple Card Poker
 

DragonFish calls their Three Card Poker game Triple Card Poker. On the Ante bet the usual 1-4-5 Ante Bonus pay table is followed, for a house edge of 3.37%. The Pairplus has a 1-4-5-30-40 pay table for a house edge of 5.57%.

Roulette


American Roulette

European Roulette

French Roulette

Classic European Roulette

Rockin' Roulette

3-D Roulette

I seem to say this in almost every software review, but I fail to understand why there need to be some many different roulette games in an Internet casino. May I make a radical suggestion — Create some new games instead of rehashing existing ones.

Now that I have that off my chest, here are the many roulette games offered by Dragon Fish:

  • American Roulette — Double-zero wheel. House edge of 5.26%.
  • European Roulette — Single-zero wheel. House edge of 2.70%.
  • European Roulette Pro — Single-zero wheel. House edge of 2.70%.
  • 3-D Roulette — Single-zero wheel. House edge of 2.70%.
  • Rockin' Roulette — This game uses 37 balls numbered 0 to 37. Harrah's Rincon in California used to have such a game, where roulette with a ball is illegal . Mathematically it is the same as single-zero roulette. House edge of 2.70%.
  • Deal or No Deal Roulette — Single-zero wheel with a side bet based on the television show. House edge of 2.70% on roulette and unknown on the side bet. For more information, please see my page on Deal or No Deal Roulette.
  • Pinball Roulette — Single-zero wheel with a pinball-based side bet. I only know about this game through the casino help files but it didn't appear on the game menu, so I don't know much else about it.
  • French Roulette — Single-zero wheel. Players lose half only on even money bets if the ball lands in zero. House edge of 1.35% on even money bets and 2.70% on all others.

For the best odds, play only French roulette and stick to even money bets.

Slots


Cafe de Paris

City Life

Knights and Maidens

Love in London

In my opinion the Dragonfish slots are a bit dated and simple but they get the job done. I don't have a good source for a list of Dragonfish slots but I can say that the 848 Casino carries mostly Dragonfish games. That said, the following is a list of their slots, in alphabetical order. Some of these may not be Dragonfish games but I think most of them are.

Dragonfish Slots — Alphabetical Order

Game Return
4th of July 91.80%
Adventures in Orbit 95.32%
Alice in Wonderland 92.92%
Beat the Bank 95.36%
Bejeweled 95.01%
Big Brother 94.62%
Blankety Bank 95.38%
Bloodlines 94.55%
Bollywood Bonanza 95.02%
Café de Paris 91.80%
Cash Drop 95.16%
Casino Reels 95.00%
Casper's Mystery Mirror 95.24%
Chain Reactors 94.63%
Chuzzle 95.01%
City Life 95.66%
City Life 2 95.05%
City of Gold 95.27%
Clash of the Titans 95.13%
Cool Bananas 95.05%
Cops 'n Robbers 95.02%
Crocodopolis 95.36%
Dawn of the Dimosaurs 94.08%
Deep Sea Treasure 95.75%
Doctor's Orders 93.84%
Dolphin Reef 95.23%
Dr. Love 95.04%
Dragon Master 95.38%
Easter Bunnies 93.84%
Eastern Dragon 95.22%
Euro Reels 95.54%
Evangelion 94.40%
Firehawk 95.30%
Flower Power 95.89%
Freaky Fruit 95.59%
Gin Joint Jackpot 96.09%
Globetrotting 96.10%
Goals of Gold 95.54%
Gold Medal 94.41%
Gold Rush Showdown 96.09%
Great War 95.43%
Gringo$ Dinero$ 95.14%
Irish Eyes 95.13%
Jewel Thief 95.09%
Knights and Maidens 95.02%
Labyrinth of Egypt 96.10%
Leprechaun's Luck 91.31%
Love from London 95.03%
Mafia Madness 91.69%
Midas Millions 94.03%
Millionaire Genie 95.02%
Mystery of the Tarot 95.23%
Nightmare on Elm Street 94.50%
Ocean Odds 95.06%
Once Upon a Dime 95.12%
Panda Manga 95.02%
Party Pigs 95.03%
Pets Payday 95.02%
Pirates Bounty 95.38%
Play Your Card Right 93.96%
Price is Right 96.65%
Rough Rugby 95.10%
Royals Go Camping 94.78%
Sale of the Century 95.47%
Santastic 95.95%
Shaaark 97.15%
Slot Century 94.36%
Snack Time 94.98%
Snakes and Ladders 95.02%
Snowy's Wonderland 93.78%
Speed Demon 95.17%
Sugar Doggie 95.36%
Super Cubes 95.17%
Swamp of Fortune 95.59%
Top Spin Snooker 95.75%
Ultimate Grill Thrills 93.59%
Ultimate Universe 95.12%
VIP Dawn of the Dinosaurs 96.72%
Viva L'Italia 91.80%
Wheel of Fortune 95.48%
Wild Gambler 96.12%
Zuma 95.75%


Here is that same list in order of return.

Dragonfish Slots — Return Order

Game Return
Shaaark 97.15%
VIP Dawn of the Dinosaurs 96.72%
Price is Right 96.65%
Wild Gambler 96.12%
Globetrotting 96.10%
Labyrinth of Egypt 96.10%
Gin Joint Jackpot 96.09%
Gold Rush Showdown 96.09%
Santastic 95.95%
Flower Power 95.89%
Deep Sea Treasure 95.75%
Top Spin Snooker 95.75%
Zuma 95.75%
City Life 95.66%
Freaky Fruit 95.59%
Swamp of Fortune 95.59%
Euro Reels 95.54%
Goals of Gold 95.54%
Wheel of Fortune 95.48%
Sale of the Century 95.47%
Great War 95.43%
Blankety Bank 95.38%
Dragon Master 95.38%
Pirates Bounty 95.38%
Beat the Bank 95.36%
Crocodopolis 95.36%
Sugar Doggie 95.36%
Adventures in Orbit 95.32%
Firehawk 95.30%
City of Gold 95.27%
Casper's Mystery Mirror 95.24%
Dolphin Reef 95.23%
Mystery of the Tarot 95.23%
Eastern Dragon 95.22%
Speed Demon 95.17%
Super Cubes 95.17%
Cash Drop 95.16%
Gringo$ Dinero$ 95.14%
Clash of the Titans 95.13%
Irish Eyes 95.13%
Once Upon a Dime 95.12%
Ultimate Universe 95.12%
Rough Rugby 95.10%
Jewel Thief 95.09%
Ocean Odds 95.06%
City Life 2 95.05%
Cool Bananas 95.05%
Dr. Love 95.04%
Love from London 95.03%
Party Pigs 95.03%
Bollywood Bonanza 95.02%
Cops 'n Robbers 95.02%
Knights and Maidens 95.02%
Millionaire Genie 95.02%
Panda Manga 95.02%
Pets Payday 95.02%
Snakes and Ladders 95.02%
Bejeweled 95.01%
Chuzzle 95.01%
Casino Reels 95.00%
Snack Time 94.98%
Royals Go Camping 94.78%
Chain Reactors 94.63%
Big Brother 94.62%
Bloodlines 94.55%
Nightmare on Elm Street 94.50%
Gold Medal 94.41%
Evangelion 94.40%
Slot Century 94.36%
Dawn of the Dimosaurs 94.08%
Midas Millions 94.03%
Play Your Card Right 93.96%
Doctor's Orders 93.84%
Easter Bunnies 93.84%
Snowy's Wonderland 93.78%
Ultimate Grill Thrills 93.59%
Alice in Wonderland 92.92%
4th of July 91.80%
Café de Paris 91.80%
Viva L'Italia 91.80%
Mafia Madness 91.69%
Leprechaun's Luck 91.31%


Video Poker


Aces & Faces

Bonus Poker

Deuces Wild

Jacks or Better

Joker Wild -- Power Poker

Aces & Faces -- Power Poker

Royal Diamonds

Bonus Poker -- Power Poker

If you're nostalgic for 1980's style video poker, then Dragonfish has just what you need. Most of their machines look just like the machines of the 80's with their blue low-resolution screens on a tiny cathode ray monitor.

Unfortunately, the pay tables range from average to awful, as the return table will show.

The "Deal or no Deal" Tens or Better game is a tease. It is regular video poker with a double feature after any win with an image of a telephone.

Finally, a word about the progressive Royal Diamonds game. It is based on 8-6 Jacks or Better with a jackpot for a royal flush in diamonds. Assuming 8/6 Jacks strategy, the return is 96.80% plus 0.622% for each 1,000 coins in the progressive. The break-even point is a jackpot of 25,704 coins.

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

Dragonfish Video Poker Alphabetic Order

Game Power Poker Pay Table Return
Aces & Faces Yes 1-2-3-4-5-8-25-40-80-50-800 99.26%
Bonus Poker Yes 1-2-3-4-5-6-25-40-80-50-800 96.87%
Deuces Wild Yes 1-2-3-4-4-9-12-20-200-800 98.94%
Jacks or Better Yes 1-2-3-4-6-9-20-40-1000 98.25%
Joker Poker (kings or better) Yes 1-1-2-3-5-7-15-50-100-200-800 96.38%
Tens or Better No 1-2-3-4-5-6-20-50-1000 97.96%
Tens or Better (Deal or no Deal) No 1-2-3-4-5-6-20-50-1000 97.96%

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

Dragonfish Video Poker Return Order

Game Power Poker Pay Table Return
Aces & Faces Yes 1-2-3-4-5-8-25-40-80-50-800 99.26%
Deuces Wild Yes 1-2-3-4-4-9-12-20-200-800 98.94%
Jacks or Better Yes 1-2-3-4-6-9-20-40-1000 98.25%
Tens or Better No 1-2-3-4-5-6-20-50-1000 97.96%
Tens or Better (Deal or no Deal) No 1-2-3-4-5-6-20-50-1000 97.96%
Bonus Poker Yes 1-2-3-4-5-6-25-40-80-50-800 96.87%
Joker Poker (kings or better) Yes 1-1-2-3-5-7-15-50-100-200-800 96.38%

Conclusion

Dragonfish puts out a series of different pieces of software for the online betting industry, and its casino games certainly play a large role in its day-to-day operations. While the slots do look a bit dated, the overall makeup of the table games and video poker titles is solid, even if the cloth on the Baccarat tables is incorrect.


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