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Gluck Games Software & 6 Online Casinos Reviewed
Gluck Games is a casino game developer that is based out of Gibraltar but also has offices in London, Berlin, and Bilbao (Spain). The developer has been developing games of chance for years, with their software reaching verticals like lottery, bingo, scratch cards, table games, and video slots.
The company has dozens of titles, and they’ve all been designed with both desktop and mobile compatibility in mind. The company holds gaming licenses in each of the jurisdictions that they have offices, which allows them to go ahead and partner with big-name operators. Some of the groups that Gluck is working with include GVC Holdings (bwin), Sky, Paddy Power, and LeoVegas in terms of operators.
When it comes to software platforms, Gluck has worked with the likes of Microgaming, iForium, Novomatic, and iSoftBet to offer their games. This puts the company’s games in the hands of more punters, as these software groups all have much larger client lists.
In 2018, Gluck and Gamevy entered into a legal agreement to merge, allowing the two to expand operations even further.
Without a doubt, Gluck Games is in a strong position to continue growing their substantial library of games well into the future. The company’s got a big-league group of partners, and I imagine that we’ll see this group offering their games in regulated regions for a long time.
It could be said that Gluck doesn't put a big emphasis on slots and table games. Instead, Gluck puts a big emphasis on scratch card and arcade games. They also have more than their share of lottery and keno type games. They definitely earn points for doing something different. Many of the games the Wizard had never seen before. He created many new game pages for some of Gluck's unique games. This review definitely kept him busy for days.
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49 Gold Rush
49 Gold Rush is a lottery game, based on the format of choosing six balls out of 49. There are lots of side bets, which made for a more challenging analysis. The return of the base game is 73.47%. The return of the side bets can range anywhere from 55% to 93%, so be careful what you bet on. For more information, please see my page on 49 Gold Rush.
According to the Gluck web site, there are 20 arcade games. These screenshots here are just a sampling. Gluck does some fine work there with some very elaborate graphics and rules. Special compliments for their game Gears of Fortune. That game is hard to describe, but involves spinning a wheel until you get five strikes (for lack of a better term). Along the way you'll get some trivia questions, most of which are pretty easy, but sometimes they throw a tough one at you, like Mount Tahat is the highest peak in which country? The typical game lasts about three minutes. There are some other games like 7-14-21 that I'd love to analyze, but the wins are random, so I can't quantify the odds. However, I was able to analyze Red Card, which Gluck classifies as an arcade game.
I like it when there is just one blackjack game. No need to shop around for which is the best set of rules. Gluck's single blackjack game offers the following rules:
- Eight decks
- Dealer stands on soft 17
- Despite taking a hole card, the dealer does not peek at it for blackjack (thus the European no-peek rule)
- Double after split allowed.
- Surrender not allowed.
- Player may split once only.
- No draw to split aces.
- Player 10 and ace after splitting is an instant winner. While the rules say a dealer blackjack beats a ten and ace after splitting, I am skeptical this is the case. I suspect this is a bug in the game, that works to the player's advantage. There are not strategy deviations to be made because of it.
If it weren't for the rule about a ten and ace after splitting being an instant winner, the house edge would be 0.60%. I calculate the value of this rule to be 0.20% the players way, making the overall house edge 0.40%. The help file indicates 0.58%, which indicates to me this rule about an ace and ten after splitting is a bug.
The thumbnail below shows the proper basic strategy. No, there are no deviations for the bug mentioned above. Click on the image for a larger version.
The following table shows the Blackjack games available in alphabetical order.
Gluck Games 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||Live Game|
Blitz Lotto is yet another lottery/keno game by Gluck. The rules on this one are rather confusing and the help file is awful. I'm getting tired of all the Gluck number-based games, so forgive me if I don't analyze this one. If Gluck should create a decent help file for it, somebody please let me know.
Gluck has four keno games to choose from, but only the simple keno game, as opposed to KeNow, is any good.
The following table shows the pay table for their plain 'ol keno game. The return for each number of picks is shown in the bottom row. As you can see, the highest return is 96.04% for the pick 2.
Gluck Keno Pay Table
|Catch||Pick 2||Pick 3||Pick 4||Pick 5||Pick 6||Pick 7||Pick 8||Pick 9||Pick 10|
The next table shows the pay table and returns for KeNow. As you can see, the pick 10 as a return of only 56.12%, which almost as bad as a lottery ticket here in the US.
Gluck KeNow Pay Table
|Catch||Pick 2||Pick 3||Pick 4||Pick 5||Pick 6||Pick 7||Pick 8||Pick 9||Pick 10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||5||3||1||1||1||0||0||-||-||10||5||2||1||1||1||1||0||25||10||3||3||2||2||1||100||50||10||5||5||2||500||100||15||10||10||1,000||100||50||50||2,000||100||100||5,000||1,000||10,000||84.84%||80.52%||78.35%||72.76%||62.37%||62.70%||67.41%||61.43%||56.12%|
The third game is a version of KeNow, except it has a different pay table for the pick-10, which goes 0.75 - 0 - 0 - 0.75 - 1.25 - 2.5 - 5 - 12.5 - 100 - 1000 - 100000. The return on this one is 65.60%, which is still terrible, but at least better than 56.12% for regular KeNow.
Lotto Boss appears to be a skin of the arcade game Red Card.
Lotto machine is a combination of a lottery, bingo, and scratch card game. It isn't often I say this, but forgive me if I don't present the full rules, much less an analysis. The whole game is too off the wall for me.
Red Card is an arcade game involving 49 soccer balls. 43 balls will reveal trophies and 6 red cards, which are bad and result in an immediate loss. The more trophies the player finds, the more he wins. The player may cash out at any time. For all the rules and analysis, please see my page on Red Card.
Gluck has four roulette games to choose from, as follows:
- European Roulette — Basic single-zero roulette. House edge is 2.70% on every bet.
- 10p Roulette — Same as single-zero roulette, but with a low £ 0.10 minimum. House edge is 2.70% on every bet.
- Turbo Roulette — Same as single-zero roulette, but no waiting for the wheel to stop. House edge is 2.70% on every bet.
- American Roulette — Basic double-zero roulette. House edge is 5.26% on every bet, except the five-number 0-00-1-2-3 combination at 7.89%.
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The Gluck Gaming web site indicates 78 scratch card games. The thumbnails you see here are just a sampling. Many of them are in German. They all seems to be pretty basic scratch card games. One bet pays for five cards. No information is provided on the return percentage.
Gluck definitely doesn't follow the heard like a lemming, as most slot makers do. Here is a brief description of the four games they offer on their company web site.
- 7 Up — This is essentially playing seven three-reel games at the same time. The return to player is 92.09%.
- The Link — This could loosely be described as a cross between bingo and a slot machine. The game is played on a 3x3 matrix with 8 play lines. Three of the same symbol on a pay line wins something. The pay table is based on the number of lines with any specific type of win. For example, if four pay lines had three squares, the player would win 150x his bet. One thing that annoys me is there is a line on the pay table for seven winning pay lines. This is impossible! Return to player is 93%.
- Jingle Up — This seems to be a skin of 7 Up. The return is also the same at 92.09%.
- Spin Lotto — This is more of a lottery game, but Gluck Games lists it as a slot machine. Please see my Spin Lotto section below for more information on that game.
Spin Lotto is mathematically like a lottery game, but skinned to look like a slot machine. The return is 88.86% without the Star Booster, 91.31% with the 10x Star Booster, and 95.91% with the 20x Star Booster. Please see my Spin Lotto page for all the rules and analysis.
Gluck Games — Corporate web site, where you can try out their games for free.