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Triple PG Review
Triple Profits Games is an online casino game developer that focuses on the Asian betting market. The developer is also commonly referred to as TPG and Triple PG, which you may have also heard of. The company puts out a series of different betting games, including video slots, table games, keno, casual games, and more.
The games on offer from Triple Profits Games are intriguing in terms of themes, although features seem to be pretty standard. The themes include romance, royal themes, soccer, golf, and more. Interestingly, there is a Pac-Man video slot that doesn’t appear to be licensed from Namco. The game looks sharp, but appears to include a bevy of different characters from the franchise. With a lack of trademark, copyright, or other disclosure showing that the game is licensed, we can only assume they’re using the property without license. This also goes for a Pokemon game that we stumbled upon.
Players should be warned to be careful what they bet on. Returns for the slot games are not disclosed, which we don't like to see. For the most part, the odds are in the standard range for quantifiable games like keno and sic bo. However, some bets in San Gong have a 67% house edge, which is definitely gets a stern finger wagging from the Wizard. This is not an isolated example. The Super 6 bet in the game by that name has a 30% house edge.
It’ll be interesting to see where TPG goes from here. They have a decent library of games, but the lack of licensing for properties they’re using is extremely concerning. Will they go back and fix these sins, or will they continue on?
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The baccarat game plays by the standard rules, with a winning Banker bet paying 0.95. There are several side bets, which are exactly the same as those in the Super 6 section below. Bottom line is the only difference is the house edge on the Banker bet is 1.06%, as opposed to the 1.46% in Super 6, and there is no Super 6 side bet.
On the Triple PG web site they list four games as "casual games." One of them is Neon Keno, which I address separately in my keno section. The other three looks like a Monopoly board where the player bets where a spinning light will stop on. There is a three-reel slot machine in the middle, which maybe is activated sometimes, but it never happened to me. The help files are rather confusing and poorly translated. The three games look like skins of each other. Sorry, but you're on your own with these games.
P.S. What does "xi" mean in Chinese? I hope not what I'm thinking of.
Dragon Tiger is a simple game involving two cards only, with the player picking which will be higher (the Dragon or Tiger) or a tie. Eight decks are used. The tie pays the usual stingy 8 to 1 odds. Following is the house edge of each bet.
- Dragon: 3.73%
- Tiger: 3.73%
- Tie: 32.77% (ouch!)
My advice is to obviously stick to the Dragon and Tiger bets only and have nothing to do with the Tie.
Triple PG calls their keno game Neon Keno. This is perhaps the fastest keno game I've ever seen. Rather than the game drawing 20 balls out of a bin, it shoots a laser at 20 numbers on the card. However, the math remains the same.
Following is the pay table for Neon Keno. The bottom row shows the expected return, which is at a maximum with the pick 3 at 92.96%.
|Catch||Pick 2||Pick 3||Pick 4||Pick 5||Pick 6||Pick 7||Pick 8||Pick 9||Pick 10|
San Gong is a unique game to Triple PG, as far as I know. I at least have never seen it before. It is like baccarat, but both sides must take three cards. Lots of unique side bets to the game too. Be careful, some have a house edge of 67% (ouch!). For all the rules and analysis, please see my page on San Gong.
The sic bo odds are pretty standard. Many other providers are worse, many others about equal, and a few better. Here are the bets offered, what they pay, probability of winning, and house edge of each.
|Two die combination||5||30||13.89%||16.67%|
As always with Sic Bo, I recommend sticking to the even money bets, which in this case are big and small.
Book of Dragons
Full Moon Festival
Jin Ping Mei
As you can see from the screenshots, Triple PG slots lean towards cute and/or sexual Asian themes. I was pleasantly surprised to a game titled Jing Ping Mei. This a four-volume novel written hundreds of years ago in China. It is the story of a rich shady merchant, his six wives, and numerous concubines. One of the, the Golden Lotus, schemes to get all the husband's attention by any means necessary. The book is very sexually explicit, causing it to be banned by the communist Chinese government. I read the book before my first trip to China in 1992. When I went there I asked several people if they read it, but they were embarrassed to even talk about it and quickly said the book was forbidden. Sorry for the long-winded speech on that, but it's the first time I've ever seen anybody familiar with the story. My compliments to whoever had the idea to turn it into a slot machine.
Click on the selfie thumbnail for a larger version. What a handsome lad appears on that game. Why are some of the images upside-down though. Perhaps Triple PG needs to add a feature to rotate them.
As was mentioned in the introduction, Triple PG should be taken to task for very likely ripping off Pac Man with their game by that title.
Most of the slots have pretty standard rules. Some of them, that Triple PG classifies as "fun slots," like Book of Dragons, are quite a bit different, treating every symbol as a scatter pay, but it is hard to tell what is going on actually playing those games.
No information is given on the return. You can play the games for free at the Triple PG web site (see external links below).
Super 6 is a commission-free version of baccarat where a winning Banker hand with a total of six pays 1 to 2. I call this the Nepal variant of commission free baccarat. They also offer a host of side bets. Here is the house edge of each.
- Player: 1.24%
- Banker: 1.46%
- Tie (pays 8 to 1): 14.36%
- Super 6 (pays 12 to 1): 29.98% (ouch!)
- Player Even (pays 0.86 to 1): 5.31%
- Player Odd (pays 0.86 to 1): 6.73%
- Banker Even (pays 0.86 to 1): 6.93%
- Banker Odd (pays 0.9 to 1): 7.07%
- Small (pays 1.34 to 1): 11.34%
- Big (pays 0.48 to 1): 8.07%
- Player pair (pays 11 to 1): 10.36%
- Banker pair (pays 11 to 1): 10.36%
This was the first time I've ever seen side bets on an Even or Odd total by either hand. For more information on those, please see my Even and Odd page.