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SA Gaming Software & 1 Online Casinos Reviewed
SA Gaming is an online betting software developer that’s based out of the Philippines and serves to provide their games on a global basis, but with a primary focus on the Asian market. The company is licensed by PAGCOR, and has their games independently certified by both Gaming Labs, and BMM Testlabs, all of which gives us confidence that the games are on the level.
Speaking of games, SA Gaming provides a diverse library of titles. The group has a full live dealer casino, slots, and table games. The slots have a distinct Asian flare to them, as you’ll find everything from fortune seeking cats to lion statues, to dragons all being prominently featured. There are also games with a lot of girls in them, wearing kitten ensembles all the way to zombie hunting uniforms. There’s certainly no lack of creativity here.
SA Gaming has recently expanded into multiplayer games as well. Players will likely recognize Fisherman Gold, as it (or an extremely close variant) is found in arcades around the world. These games see players working together to spear fish, gaining prizes in the process.
Games are developed in HTML5 and Flash formats, allowing punters on both desktop and mobile devices the chance to access the games. Mobile gaming is done very well here, with no drop in quality for the content.
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The baccarat game lets player play the usual way, where a Banker win pays 0.95, or what I call Nepal Baccarat, where a Banker win pays even money, except 1 to 2 on a winning total of six. Following are all the bets available and the associated house edge.
- Player: 1.24%
- Banker (standard): 1.06%
- Banker (Nepal rules): 1.46%
- Tie (pays 8 to 1): 14.36%
- Player/Banker natural (pays 7 to 2): 14.75%
- Super 6 (pays 12 to 1 on a winning Banker 6): 29.98% (ouch!)
- Player/Banker pair (pays 11 to 1): 10.36%
I must say "shame on you" for the stingy win of only 12 to 1 on the Super 6. They could have paid 16 to 1 and still had a healthy house edge of 8.43%. Such greed.
Dragon Tiger is a live dealer game played with eight decks. It is kept simple, with only the Dragon, Tiger, and Tie bets. SA Gaming should be ashamed for paying only 8 to 1 on a tie, when true odds are over to 12 to 1. Even paying 11 to 1 would still have a healthy house edge of 10.36%. Following is the house edge of each bet.
- Dragon and Tiger: 3.73%
- Tie: 32.77%
SA Gaming is one of the few providers to offer fan tan. The standard rules seem to be followed.
On the surface, the object of Fisherman Gold seems to be to shoot fish. It is actually, quite nicely done. This screenshot does not do it justice, it isn't this dark, but the game didn't seem to like my screen capture software. I couldn't find any rules for the game, but based on similar games I've seen elsewhere, every time you fire the gun it is making a bet and how much you win is random and does not depend on hitting any fish. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
SA Gaming's roulette game is a single zero, for a house edge of 2.70% on all bets. The roulette game offers lots of statistics on previous spins. I can't think of much else to say about it.
For a comparison against competing live dealer products, please see our page on roulette live online dealers.
Off hand, SA Gaming is the only provider of a live dealer sic bo game. The pays the offer are about average. The following table shows the house edge on all bets offered. My advice is stick to the even money bets with a house edge of 2.78%.
SA Gaming Sic Bo
|Two die combination||5||30||13.89%||16.67%|
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The slots offer a host of Asian themes, especially of cute Asian girls in bikinis. However, the style is rather dated. Most are standard five-reel games with a free spin bonus. Some get creative with wild symbols. The graphics and sound I also find to be a bit dated, perhaps what was the state of the art in the mid 2000's.
Sorry, no information was given about the returns in the help files.
While they’re not the largest casino game developer in the world, SA Gaming does a good job with their software. You’re going to find some unique slots and the live dealer setup is very nice as well, allowing you to feel like you’re playing in a Filipino casino from the comfort of your own home.
SA Gaming offers all the favorites for Asian table game players, including some difficult to find ones like sic bo, fan tan, and dragon tiger. You can focus on one game at a time or play up to four at once. The player may also play slot games at the same time as table games. If you do focus on just one table game, you can see statistics of other tables on the right panel of the screen, in case you want to hop on a "hot streak" on another table. However, I must add that this statistically doesn't help, but what baccarat player will believe me?
The dealers are all lovely young Asian women. On all games they offer a host of statistics on previous outcomes, to play into the weaknesses of superstitious player in a futile pursuit of finding a hot table. While the main bets offers the standard odds, be warned that there are some bets out there with terrible odds. For example, the Super 6 bet in baccarat with a 30% house edge and the tie bet in Dragon Tiger at 33%. Ouch! SA Gaming gets a well-deserved "shame on you" for such stingy odds on these bets. However, if you can avoid the hidden sucker bets, you should have a good time and not lose too much money.