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Last Updated: August 15, 2017

WGS Technology Review

Introduction

WGS Technology is a mysterious company that rose up from the ashes of the former Vegas Technology software which had already risen from the ashes of Odds On software. The software looks the same as the old Odds On & Vegas Tech software, although the selection of games is smaller. WGS Technology is also one of the few software providers to be friendly to U.S. players.


Baccarat


Baccarat
 

The usual rules are followed. Eight decks are used. The following table shows the house edge according to the bet made.

Probabilities in 8-deck Baccarat

Bet Combinations Probability House
Edge
Banker 2,292,252,566,437,888 45.86% 1.06%
Player 2,230,518,282,592,256 44.62% 1.24%
Tie 475,627,426,473,216 9.52% 14.36%

Bingo Bucks


Bingo Bucks
 

This is a unique game to Odds On in which balls are randomly drawn, with replacement, on a 5 by 5 matrix. According to Odds On the return is 93.7%.

Blackjack


Blackjack

Atlantic City Blackjack

Progressive Blackjack

Classic Blackjack

There are no fewer than seven sets of blackjack rules. Why Internet casinos have to offer so many, I have no idea. Here they are:

WGS Technology Blackjack Games

Bet Combinations Probability House
Edge
Perfect Pairs 4 Stand Yes Any two Yes 0.36%
Vegas Downtown 2 Hit Yes Any two Yes 0.40%
Vegas Strip 6 Stand Yes Any two Yes 0.41%
Atlantic City 8 Stand Yes Any two Yes 0.44%
Classic 4 Stand No 9 to 11 No 0.57%
Progressive 4 Stand No 9 to 11 No 0.57%
Blackjack ? Stand No 9 to 11 No ?

The rule do not say how many decks are used in the standard "blackjack" game. Unless you want to take your chances with that, I recommend going with the lowest house edge on the Perfect Pairs table. Do not be tempted to make the side bet.

There is a side bet on the Progressive Blackjack game. The following table shows the side bet pay table based on the $13,559 meter on September 27, 2002.

Progressive Blackjack

Hand Permutations Probability Pays Return
4 red/black aces 3360 0.000002 13559 0.025056
4 aces 40320 0.000022 1355.9 0.030067
3 suited aces 18432 0.00001 2500 0.025343
3 non-suited aces 626688 0.000345 250 0.086166
2 suited aces 1889280 0.001039 50 0.051953
2 non-suited aces 7557120 0.004156 25 0.103906
1 ace 129730560 0.071349 0 0
no aces 1678389120 0.923077 0 0
Total 1818254880 1 0 0.322492

The lower right cell shows a return of 32.25%, or a house edge of 67.75%! For the meter to have no house edge it would need to reach $180,209.81. On January 5, 2014, at the Lincoln Casino it was at $52,119.

Craps


Craps
 

The player may not bet more than his original wager either buying or laying the odds. The combined house edge on the pass side is 0.85% and on the don't pass side is 0.82%. Total winnings always get rounded down to the next dollar so be sure to bet in correct increments.

There are win bets, which work and pay the same way as place bets. To bet against a place number the player can make a "lose bet." These pay 2-5 on the 4 and 10, 4-7 on the 5 and 9, and 4-5 on the 6 and 8. The house on these bets is 6.67%, 5.71%, and 1.82% respectively.

The proposition bets pay the same bad odds as conventional craps.

Dazzling Dice


Dazzling Dice
 

This is a unique game to Vegas Technologies that pays based on the roll of 25 poker dice in a 5 by 5 matrix. The odds on each hand are the same. The following table shows the expected return is 93.36%.

Dazzling Dice

Hand Combinations Probability Pays Return
Five of a kind 6 0.000772 100 for 1 0.07716
High straight 120 0.015432 10 for 1 0.154321
Low straight 120 0.015432 8 for 1 0.123457
Four of a kind 150 0.01929 6 for 1 0.115741
Full house 300 0.03858 4 for 1 0.154321
Three of a kind 1200 0.154321 2 for 1 0.308642
Two pair 1800 0.231481 Loss 0
Pair 3600 0.462963 Loss 0
Nothing 480 0.061728 Loss 0
Total 7776 1 0.933642

Keno


Keno
 

Vegas Technologies uses the same pay table as Microgaming, which offers very competitive returns. Following is the expected return according to the number of picks. The best bet is the pick 13.

Keno

Picks Return
1 75.00%
2 92.09%
3 93.04%
4 93.79%
5 93.87%
6 93.79%
7 96.35%
8 92.90%
9 92.86%
10 94.54%
11 93.10%
12 94.22%
13 96.54%
14 95.42%
15 95.19%

Mulligan Poker


Mulligan Poker
 

This five-card variation was developed by myself and is played only at Vegas Technologies casinos. For all the information please visit my section on Mulligan Poker.

Poker Dice


Poker Dice
 

This is a unique game to Vegas Technologies that pays based on a single throw of five poker dice. The table below shows an expected return of 91.82%.

Poker Dice

Hand Combinations Probability Pays Return
Five of a kind 6 0.000772 20 for 1 0.015432
High straight 120 0.015432 6 for 1 0.092593
Low straight 120 0.015432 5 for 1 0.07716
Four of a kind 150 0.01929 4 for 1 0.07716
Full house 300 0.03858 3 for 1 0.115741
Three of a kind 1200 0.154321 2 for 1 0.308642
Two pair 1800 0.231481 1 for 1 0.231481
Pair 3600 0.462963 0 for 1 0
Nothing 480 0.061728 0 for 1 0
Total 7776 1 0.91821

Poker Slots

This is a unique game to Odds On in which 25 cards are chosen with replacement into a 5 by 5 matrix. The player is paid according to the poker value of each row, column, and diagonal. The following table shows the odds for any given line. The bottom right cell shows a return of 93.42%.

Poker Dice

Hand Combinations Probability Pays Return
Royal flush 480 0.000001 1000 for 1 0.001262
Straight flush 4320 0.000011 250 for 1 0.002841
Five of a kind 13312 0.000035 100 for 1 0.003501
Four of a kind 798720 0.002101 45 for 1 0.094535
Straight 1224000 0.003219 20 for 1 0.064386
Flush 1477200 0.003885 15 for 1 0.058279
Full house 1591200 0.004185 10 for 1 0.041851
Three of a kind 17503200 0.046036 7 for 1 0.322254
Two pair 26254800 0.069055 5 for 1 0.345273
Pair 175032000 0.460363 Loss 0
Nothing 156304800 0.411108 Loss 0
Total 380204032 0 0.934183

Red Dog


Red Dog
 

A single deck is used for a house edge of 3.16%, using basic strategy. For more information on Red Dog please visit my Red Dog section.

Roulette


American Roulette

European Roulette

There are both double-zero American and single-zero European wheels. The house edge is 5.26% in American roulette and 2.70% in European.

Slots


Bangkok Nights

Butterflies

Crazy Cherry

Farming Futures

Luxury Liners

Mermaids Quest

Naughty Ninjas

Red White and Win

Vampire Vixen

There are about 130 slot machines to choose from. I do not know any information about the expected returns so you're on your own with those.

Video Poker


Deuces & Joker -- 4 Line

Jacks or Better -- 10 Line

Joker Poker -- 10 Line

Joker Poker -- Bump it Up

Deuces Wild -- 4 Line

Aces & Faces -- 1 Line

The player can play video poker one of four ways:

  • Single line
  • Four line
  • Ten line
  • Bump it Up

The games are pretty traditional and the pay table range from pretty competitive to pretty insulting. So pick your game carefully.

Bump it Up is the same thing as Multi-Strike Poker. It is available in Jacks or Better and Joker Poker only. They don't indicate the Free Ride probabilities, so the returns for that game are not quantifiable.

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

WGS Technology Video Poker Alphabetic Order

Game Power Poker Pay Table Return
Aces & Faces Yes 800-50-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Bonus Poker Yes 800-50-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.17%
Deuces Wild Yes 800-200-25-16-13-4-3-2-2-1 96.77%
Deuces and Joker Wild Yes 2000-800-25-12-9-6-3-3-3-2-1 99.07%
Double Joker Yes 800-100-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 98.10%
Jacks or Better Yes 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 99.54%
Joker Poker (kings or better) Yes 1000-200-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 98.60%
Tens or Better Yes 800-50-25-6-5-4-3-2-1 99.14%

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

WGS Technology Video Poker Return Order

Game Power Poker Pay Table Return
Jacks or Better Yes 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 99.54%
Aces & Faces Yes 800-50-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Bonus Poker Yes 800-50-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.17%
Tens or Better Yes 800-50-25-6-5-4-3-2-1 99.14%
Deuces and Joker Wild Yes 2000-800-25-12-9-6-3-3-3-2-1 99.07%
Joker Poker (kings or better) Yes 1000-200-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 98.60%
Double Joker Yes 800-100-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 98.10%
Deuces Wild Yes 800-200-25-16-13-4-3-2-2-1 96.77%

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