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Last Updated: October 24, 2016

Unified Gaming Review

Introduction

Update: Unified Gaming seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird. As far as I know, the number of casinos using the software is zero. What follows is my review while it still existed.

A major annoyance with Unified Gaming casinos is lost connections to their server. When this happens it necessitates at the minimum logging back in and at most having to shut down and reboot. Disabling the sound card can help minimize this problem. The game play at Unified Gaming casinos is to the point and down to business. Following is a list of the games available at Unified Gaming casinos, the rules, and some strategy tips. Please be advised that these are the usual rules but some casinos may elect to use different ones.


Baccarat

The usual rules are followed. The player must manually click for a third card when one is required. I do not know the number of decks used.

Blackjack

Unified Gaming deals a great game of blacking, featuring the following rules:

  • Single deck
  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • Double on 9-11 only
  • Double after a split
  • Split up to three times, except aces.
  • Late surrender, player must buy insurance to get late surrender against an ace
  • Betting ranges: $1-$10, $10-$50, $25-$100, and $100-$250

The following table displays the correct basic strategy for the single-deck Unified Gaming blackjack.

H: Hit
S: Stand
P: Split
D: Double if allowed, otherwise hit
Ds: Double if allowed, otherwise stand
R: Surrender

The player edge under these rules and following proper strategy is 0.01%.

Craps

The player may take 1X odds on in the $1-$25 game and 2 times odds in the $10-$100 game. The maximum allowed when laying the odds is correctly relative to the amount the player can win (a rule few software companies get right). In the 2x odds game the overall house edge on the pass and odds is 0.606% and on the don't pass with laying odds is 0.455%. The field bet pays 2:1 on both the 2 and 12. Place and proposition bets are allowed according to the usual odds.

Keno

The player can choose from 1 to 10 spots. The following table shows the return according to the number of marks chosen. The best bet is the pick 5 with a return of 94.79%. Compared to most other keno games in both real and online casinos these returns are quite generous.

Keno

Pick Return
1 75.00%
2 92.09%
3 94.35%
4 94.55%
5 94.79%
6 94.62%
7 94.58%
8 94.61%
9 94.66%
10 94.74%

Pai Gow Poker

Unified Gaming has the best pai gow poker I have seen online. Other software providers give the dealer the role of the banker every hand, resulting in a house edge of 2.86%. At Unified Gaming casinos the player and dealer alternate the role of banker, resulting in a house edge of 1.46%. Another nice feature is the house way button, which the player may press to arrange his cards according to the house way Unified Gaming uses.

Roulette

Vegas double-zero rules are followed.

Spanish 21

Contrary to what the rules and the table itself say, the dealer hits on a soft 17. Departures from normal Spanish 21 rules are that no super bonus is offered and early surrender is allowed against a dealer ace. Six decks are used. Modifications to my usual Spanish 21 strategy are to surrender on hard 12 to 17 against an ace and split suited 7’s against a 7. The house edge under these rules is 0.63%.

Sports Betting

Unified Gaming casinos seem just as serious about their sports book as their casino. There are a wide variety of sports to bet on and kinds of bets to make.

Video Poker

Unified Gaming offers many different variations of video poker. Not all games are available at all casinos. Unified Gaming’s best game is Bonus Spades which is a jacks or better variation, paying double for a flush, straight flush, and royal flush if spaded. Bonus Spades and Shock Wave are unusual games, which I do not have the software to analyze exactly. My returns for these games are my best estimate but are slightly understated. The names may vary at some casinos, for example instead of Bonus Spades some casinos have Bonus Diamonds or Bonus Hearts. Paying 4 for a four of a kind marks the usual deuces wild game. However, at least one pays 5 instead, among other changes, for a return of 99.55%.

Video Poker Offerings

Game

Return

Bonus Spades

99.34%

Aces and Jacks

99.25%

Double Up

99.14%

Bonus Poker

99.11%

Wild One

99.07%

Deuces Wild

98.91%

All American

98.49%

Double Joker

98.10%

Joker Poker

97.58%

Jacks or Better

97.30%

Shock Wave

95.14%

Following are specific probability tables for the various Unified Gaming forms of video poker. All tables except Jacks or Better and All American were produced with the help of Bob Dancer's Winpoker 6.0. All tables assume optimal strategy.

Bonus Spades

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Royal flush (spaded) 2000 0.000007 0.014100
Royal flush 1000 0.000021 0.020790
Straight flush (spaded) 100 0.000035 0.003517
Straight flush 50 0.000082 0.002048
4 of a kind 25 0.002343 0.117146
Full house 7 0.011412 0.079882
Flush (spaded) 10 0.004415 0.044148
Flush 5 0.008280 0.041399
Straight 4 0.011013 0.044050
3 of a kind 3 0.073574 0.220721
Two pair 2 0.127855 0.255709
Jacks or better 1 0.206380 0.206380
Nothing 0.554585 1.049891

Aces and Jacks

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Royal flush 800 0.000025 0.019896
Straight flush 50 0.000106 0.005301
4 Aces 100 0.000196 0.019611
4 Jacks 50 0.001972 0.049302
Other 4 of a Kind 25 0.000195 0.009757
Full house 8 0.011516 0.092125
Flush 5 0.010865 0.054326
Straight 4 0.011212 0.044847
3 of a kind 3 0.074482 0.223445
Two Pair 2 0.129327 0.258653
Jacks or better 1 0.215283 0.215283
Nothing 0 0.544822 0.000000
Total Return 1.000000 0.992546

Double Up

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Royal flush 800 0.000026 0.020546
Straight flush 50 0.000103 0.005141
Four of a Kind 25 0.002358 0.058958
Full house 6 0.011497 0.068984
Flush 5 0.010654 0.053270
Straight 4 0.012357 0.049429
Three of a Kind 3 0.074265 0.222795
Two Pair 2 0.129007 0.258013
Tens or Better 1 0.254251 0.254251
Nothing 0 0.505482 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.991388

Bonus Poker

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000021 0.016655
Straight Flush 50 0.000113 0.005658
4 Aces 160 0.000219 0.035034
4 2s, 3s or 4s 80 0.000524 0.041924
4 5s-Ks 50 0.001604 0.080191
Full House 9 0.010629 0.095662
Flush 7 0.015222 0.106556
Straight 5 0.015021 0.075103
3 of a Kind 3 0.072871 0.218613
Two Pair 1 0.118925 0.118925
Jacks or Better 1 0.196745 0.196745
Nothing 0 0.568107 0.000000
Total Return 1.000000 0.991065

Deuces Wild

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Natural Royal Flush 800 0.000023 0.018423
4 Deuces 200 0.000187 0.037397
Wild Royal Flush 25 0.001909 0.047732
5 of A Kind 15 0.003123 0.046842
Straight Flush 9 0.004933 0.044396
4 of A Kind 4 0.061322 0.245288
Full House 4 0.026189 0.104754
Flush 3 0.020445 0.061334
Straight 2 0.057482 0.114964
3 of A Kind 1 0.268001 0.268001
Nothing 0 0.556387 0.000000
Total Return 1.000000 0.989131

All American

Hand Payoff Number Probability Return
Royal flush 800 471358116 0.000024 0.018917
Straight flush 200 2922799932 0.000147 0.029326
4 of a kind 30 44143469760 0.002215 0.066437
Full house 8 216179550000 0.010845 0.086761
Flush 8 318155186772 0.015961 0.127688
Straight 8 381570970320 0.019142 0.153140
3 of a kind 3 1342387584588 0.067344 0.202033
Two pair 1 2343751515684 0.117580 0.117580
Jacks or better 1 3648082846500 0.183015 0.183015
Nothing 0 11635565235528 0.583727 0.000000
Total 19933230517200 1.000000 0.984898

Double Joker Poker

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000022 0.017806
Wild Royal 100 0.000348 0.034774
5 of a Kind 50 0.000415 0.020732
Straight Flush 25 0.001503 0.037571
4 of a Kind 8 0.018649 0.149193
Full House 5 0.018374 0.091868
Flush 4 0.019289 0.077157
Straight 3 0.034920 0.104761
3 of a Kind 2 0.177127 0.354253
2 Pair 1 0.092890 0.092890
Nothing 0 0.636464 0.000000
Total Return 1.000000 0.981007

Joker Poker

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000023 0.018304
5 of A Kind 200 0.000094 0.018713
Royal With Joker 100 0.000104 0.010415
Straight Flush 50 0.000552 0.027575
4 of A Kind 20 0.008597 0.171945
Full House 6 0.015746 0.094476
Flush 4 0.014431 0.057725
Straight 3 0.017094 0.051281
3 of A Kind 2 0.134753 0.269505
2 Pair 1 0.111276 0.111276
Kings Or Better 1 0.144553 0.144553
Nothing 0 0.552778 0.000000
Total Return 0 1.000000 0.975768

Jacks or Better

Hand Payoff Number Probability Return
Royal flush 800 496224876 0.000025 0.019915
Straight flush 50 2146096656 0.000108 0.005383
4 of a kind 25 47100003732 0.002363 0.059072
Full house 8 229504776948 0.011514 0.092109
Flush 5 217303355868 0.010902 0.054508
Straight 4 223952329860 0.011235 0.044940
3 of a kind 3 1484283075660 0.074463 0.223388
Two pair 2 2577335006268 0.129298 0.258597
Jacks or better 1 4287052708344 0.215071 0.215071
Nothing 0 10864056938988 0.545022 0.000000
Total 19933230517200 1.000000 0.972984

Shockwave

Hand Payoff Probability Return
Royal flush 800 0.000025 0.019891
4 of a kind (charge mode) 250 0.000059 0.014636
Straight flush 50 0.000108 0.005384
4 of a kind 20 0.002306 0.046126
Full house 6 0.011483 0.068900
Flush 5 0.010868 0.054340
Straight 4 0.011266 0.045063
3 of a kind 3 0.074510 0.223530
Two pair 2 0.129316 0.258631
Jacks or Better 1 0.214891 0.214891
Nothing 0 0.545169 0.000000
Total 0 1.000000 0.951392

Note: In Shockwave the player enters "charge mode" for the ten plays following a four of a kind.

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