Mar 31

Three worst online casino game ideas that bombed.

What Were They Thinking? Worst Online Casino Game Ideas that Bombed

The online gambling industry is unique in many ways, one being that each internet casino presents limitless borders. An operator can pack in as many games as it wants and never run out of space. As such, virtual gaming floors are the perfect forum for testing out new game ideas.

In the last two decades, we’ve seen a lot of new games rise to ultimate glory. Microgaming’s 243 ways to win slots were a smashing success! Lottery-style sit-n-goes, first introduced by French operator Winamax in 2013, revolutionized internet poker. Live dealer casinos, debuted in 2003 by Playtech and perfected by Evolution Gaming in 2006, solved the lack of realism in RNG-based gambling.

Worst Online Casino Game Ideas that Bombed

Not every game created is an instant success. In fact, just like land-based table game inventions, the majority of them die on the virtual gaming floor – some faster than others.

7-Card Stud video poker was a perfect example. It made the games more complicated than they needed to be. Similarly, 7-reel slot machines failed to attract players, who found them to confusing to keep up with. Duplicate Poker turned players off by elimination the luck factor entirely. Yes, poker players love the skill element, but without the marginal influence of the luck of the draw, no one wanted to play anymore.

Those games were historically bad ideas, but none more so than the three games I’m about to tell you about. These titles died so quickly, today’s players may have completely missed their short-lived appearance.

#1 Showtime Hold’em Poker

Showtime Holdem Poker

Showtime Poker was an online poker variant introduced by PokerStars in May 2018. It was conceived under the premise that players believed it was “about time poker players show their folded cards”. At the end of a hand, all mucked cards would be revealed.

PokerStars wanted this game to take off like a rocket! They were so enthused about it that they contracted some of their most famous pros to build hype by streaming Showtime Poker tables on their live Twitch feeds.

There were two major problems with this format. Pro players hated it, because it forced them to give away their game play secrets. Amateurs hated it because they don’t give a crap about seeing mucked cards. End result – everyone hated it!

#2 Live Casino Slot Machines

In 2011, the creative minds at Evolution Gaming believed they’d had an epiphany. Live casinos are a perfect playground for table games, but they were unable to accommodate players of the most popular casino games on the planet – slot machines. Enter stage right, live dealer slots.

This bold introduction was meant to revolutionize the live casino industry. Evolution put a lot of thought and detail into its debut, going so far as to replace virtual reels with actual spinning wheels. A dealer would host the game, offering commentary and providing live chat interaction with players.

What went wrong? Well, slots players enjoy traditional slot games for a reason. They like the singularity. They like controlling the pace of the games. Turning slot machines into a social affair was unnecessary, uninvited, and unwelcome.

Of worthy mention, live dealer slot machines are attempting a comeback this year, although I don’t expect the results to be any different.

#3 Virtual Reality (VR) Gambling

VR Casino Gambling

This is one concept most of you will remember. It wasn’t long ago, around 2015-16, that the virtual reality movement made its push. The concept was spot on. Throw on a headset and enter a virtual casino world, where your real-life actions transfer into the virtual realm in the most realistic digital casino games ever imagined exist!

Yes, it was quite a concept, but it did not catch on, and for one very simple reason. The technology necessary, and availability of that technology, has not yet reached mainstream households. That’s not to say that VR gambling doesn’t still have a chance in years to come.

Microgaming was making mobile games back in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the first smartphones appeared. Who wanted to play slots on a flip phone? No one. Another five years would pass before the mobile gambling revolution actually gained a foothold, and now, it’s the number one way to play over the internet, and enjoy all the new online casino game ideas that developers are constantly spitting out – the good and the bad.

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Dec 30

Defunct Gaming: Concept and consequence of Unfold Holdem.

Concept and Consequence of Unfold Holdem, and How it Might Work Today

Seated among the a small but formidable group of hard-core grinders, you peak down at a questionable hand. It’s a pair of 8s. You’re under the gun. You want to make a move, but you’re out of position. You call, hoping the action won’t get too heavy, but it does. Sweat beads threaten to form on your temples, so you make the only move you can – you fold. The flop comes down, 8-4-4. Doh!

You should have stayed in. A full boat like that doesn’t come along often. With the right moves at the right moments, you could have exploited that for a big cash, if only you’d known what was caoming. But wait… what if it’s not too late? What if you could rewind? Stay in the hand and turn your unpredictably poor choice into a profit? What if you could… unfold?

Concept & Consequence of Unfold Holdem

Once upon a time, not so long ago, the marketing innovations team behind PokerStars and Full Tilt put their heads together in an effort to bring something fresh – something provocative – something enticing for players, and at the same time profitable for the brands, to the virtual felt. What they came up with was a new game that would allow players to “unfold” a mucked hand.

This new Unfold Poker concept was heavily promoted by both online poker rooms, and in the beginning, it drew a fair number of players to the tables. Before long though, the crowds dispersed. Its popularity waned. No longer was anyone interested in what could have been a very intriguing and opportunistic way to play Texas Holdem.

What Killed Unfold Poker Games

The rules of this intriguing new poker game were simple enough. The game was played just like Texas Holdem, except that an extra Ante bet would be required from each player, prior to each and every hand. This bet, equal to half the small blind, went into a side pot known as the Unfold Pot. If no one unfolded, or the hand was decided pre-flop, all Unfold antes would be returned. The Ante was a bit excessive, but the return rules were good.

The biggest problem was that, in order to unfold a hand, the player would have to place yet another bet – this one equal to the total size of the Unfold Pot. With a full table, that can get expensive.

If a player did unfold, they obviously couldn’t compete against fully active hands. They would instead compete against other Unfold-ing players. But if only one player folded pre-flop, they wouldn’t even be eligible to unfold, having no one to compete against.

If two or more players folded, then any one of them could Unfold. If only one player did, they would automatically win the Unfold pot. If more than one Unfolded, their hands were compared. The winner took to pot – minus the usual rake fee applied to standard poker pots, of course.

The problem was plain to see. It was just too expensive. Players felt they were being exploited by PokerStars and Full Tilt, who were collecting rakes on two pots. Everyone complained that Unfold’em Hold’em (as it clearly should have been named) was a rip off.

Could Unfold Games Ever Ride Again?

The only way Unfold Holdem could ever acquire the fame it was originally poised to acquire, would be to make the fees more reasonable. The rake should be reduced to match all other cash games. The Ante should be dropped to 10% of the big blind. This would make it cheaper to place the required bet to qualify for the Unfold Pot. Players who do unfold should be allowed to bet/raise on their hands, as well, encouraging them to fight for those pots, rather than letting one bold, bluff-happy player take every Unfold pot, simply because no one else is confident enough to risk enough chips to compete for it.

In essence, make it a good game that everyone can enjoy, without scooping so much off the top as to make it unprofitable. And please, to whatever company may eventually decide to restructure and introduce a better version, call it Unfold’em Hold’em. That is all…

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Nov 25

Introduction to Live Texas Holdem Bonus Poker from Evolution

Introduction to Live Texas Holdem Bonus Poker from Evolution Gaming

When you think of Texas Holdem, what comes to mind? Probably a group of players seated around a table, fiddling with their chip stacks, stoic poker faces revealing nothing of their underlying emotions. But there is another game of this nature known as Texas Holdem Bonus Poker, and anyone can play it, with or without a bluff-worthy poker face.

In its traditional format, Texas Holdem is a player-versus-player (PvP) gambling game; one wherein the players compete only against each other, and the casino profits by taking a commission, or rake, off the top of each pot. The Holdem Bonus Poker edition is more akin to every other casino-style amusement, where the player competes against a single house bank.

It didn’t take long for Texas Holdem Bonus Poker to catch on in land-based and online casinos. It became so popular, in fact, that everyone’s favorite Live Casino supplier, Evolution Gaming, chose to convert it into one of their award winning real-time streaming games. They call it Live Dealer Texas Holdem Bonus Poker.

Live Texas Holdem Bonus Poker by Evolution

The base game is incredibly similar to a normal Texas Holdem poker game. Hole cards, community cards and hand ranks are exactly the same. While other players can join in, you won’t have to worry about them. Much like blackjack, your only job is to beat the dealer’s hand to win. In that regard, it’s kind of like playing heads up poker – one on one against a single opponent.

Like any other house banked game, however, the casino always has an advantage over the player, no matter how slight. In this case, the rules give the house an edge of 2.04% on the Ante bet alone, 0.53% overall. Let’s take a closer look…

How to Play Live TX Holdem Bonus Poker

Casino Gaming Online: Live Dealer Texas Holdem

What draws most players to this game is the ability to increase ones bets when the cards are falling in your favor. It gives you the opportunity to control your own destiny in terms of situational hand value.

You start with an Ante bet (we’ll talk about optional side bets later). The dealer will then dealer two hole to the player and him/herself. The player’s hole cards are face up; the dealer’s face down. From here, you can either fold, forfeiting the ante bet, or play on, placing a Flop bet e1qual to 2x the ante.

After placing a Flop bet, the dealer will deal the first three community cards (the Flop). Next you can Check, placing no bet but staying in the hand, or place a Turn bet, equal to 1x the ante. The fourth community card (Turn) is played face up, followed by one last Check or bet – the River bet (1x ante).

At this point, the final River card is played. The dealer turns up their hole cards and both hands are compared. Each must come up with the best possible 5 card hand using any 5-card combination of the 7 cards available to them – these being their own two hole cards plus the five community cards.

Don’t worry, the computer will automatically generate the best possible hand for player and dealer. At this point, the two hands are compared, and the following win, loss and payout rules apply:

If… Then…
Dealer wins Player loses all Ante and Play bets.
Player wins Player wins even money on Play bets (Flop, Turn, River); Ante is a push.
Player wins with Straight or better Player wins even money on all Ante and Play bets.
Dealer and Player tie All Ante and Play bets push.

Live Dealer Texas Holdem Bonus Side Bets

Evolution’s live dealer Texas Holdem Bonus Poker comes with a pair of optional side bets known as the Bonus Bet and the First 5 Jackpot Bet. These wagers are entirely optional. They have no bearing on the base game, nor does the result of the base game have any bearing on the side bets. They can be won or lost irrespective of each other.

Bonus Side Bet

The Bonus bet is based on the player and/or dealer’s hole cards only. The best starting hands in Texas Hold’em are the ones you’re aiming for with this bet, including any pair, or any A with a Jack or better (A-A, A-K, A-Q, A-J), with suited hole cards paying more. You cannot combine the player and dealer cards. Either the player’s and/or dealer’s hand must match one of the winning hands shown in the pay table below.

Hole Cards Payout
A-A, Player’s and Dealer’s Hand 1000 to 1
A-A, Player’s Hand Only 30 to 1
A-K, Suited 25 to 1
A-J or A-Q, Suited 20 to 1
A-K, Mixed Suits 15 to 1
J-J, Q-Q or K-K 10 to 1
A-J or A-Q, Mixed Suits 5 to 1
Any Pair 2-2 thru 10-10 3 to 1

First 5 Jackpot Side Bet

This $1 side bet carries a progressive jackpot, paying out to any hand of high enough rank. Only the player’s hand rank counts towards the First 5 Jackpot bet.

The jackpot grows with every First 5 side bet placed, and pays out 100% of its girth when a Royal Flush is dealt (assuming at least one player made the bet). Since all players are sharing the same hand, all players who have placed the bet will share in an equal portion of the total jackpot. A progressive counter display on the right of the screen will show exactly how much of the jackpot each player is privy to if a Royal Flush is dealt.

The following hand ranks and pay table apply.

Hole Cards Payout
Royal Flush 100% of Jackpot
Straight Flush 2,500
4 of a Kind 250
Full House 50
Flush 25
Straight 10
3 of a Kind 3

Overall RTP

Each eligible bet within this game carries its own theoretical return to player. The Play bets have the highest return rate of 99.47%. The Ante bet only has an RTP of 97.96%, but is required in order to get the higher RTP on any Play bets.

The side bets are sucker bets, of course. The Bonus side bet will net you an RTP of 91.46%, equivalent to a house edge of 8.54%. If you think that’s bad, the First 5 Jackpot is far worse at 81.84% RTP (house edge 18.16%).

Don’t be fooled into making this bet. Many players feel the urge to place it, thinking the odds of winning at least a share of the jackpot will be so much higher with a large number of players participating, but it is nothing like the Bad Beat Jackpots on a traditional live Texas Holdem game (PvP). There is only one player hand being dealt – not one hand to each active player. The odds of a Royal Flush being dealt are still an incredibly low 1 in 43,316, no matter how many players are at the table.

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Jan 30

It’s WPT Canada Style! The World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic is coming to Ontario in February.

WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Feb 5-12 2018Let’s see here… three days, four events, a pair of super satellites, innumerable poker pros and a pristine view of the majestic Niagara Falls. That can only mean one thing, ladies and gentleman. It’s WPT Canada style!

The World Poker Tour is coming to Ontario. Just one week from now, the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic will kick off with its first events, as well as a pair of super satellites to the $5k Main Event. There’s already energy in the air as Ontario’s casinos prep for the big game.

Casinos? Isn’t it just one casino? Not if you’re looking for a cheap ride into the main event.

Satellites to WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

Generally speaking, Casino Fallsview and Niagara Casino are rivals. After all, they’re only a few minutes apart. Heck, you could walk from one to the other in 20 minutes. But their competitive nature halts when the WPT comes to town. In this area, they share the love of the game, and the felt upon which it’s played.

Right now, players can enter satellites to the WPT Fallsview Main Event at Casino Niagara. These tables will continue to run through 6pm on February 2, at which point that poker room will close its doors until the conclusion of the Fallsview Poker Classic up the road.

Once the poker tour gets underway, players still seeking satellite entry will have one opportunity left. The final $500 Super Satellite to the Main Event will be held on February 9th in the Grand Hall at Fallsview Casino.

WPT Canada Events Schedule

The action gets underway on February 5th with Event #1, $1,000 NLHE. It features two days of starting flights, and a third day to duke it out. Players who fall to the way side on day one have the option of re-entering for the second day’s flight. Or, on February 7th, players can pay $250 to join in the Super Satellite to the next day’s event…

Event #2, $2,500 NLHE, begins on February 8th. Players will have one re-entry option, should thy need it. That tournament will wrap up on Feb 10th, just in time for the grand finale. And again, if you don’t make it to day three of that event, there’s a $500 Super Satellite to the Main Event on February 9th.

Darren Elias wins Fallsview WPT CanadaThe WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event kicks off Feb 10th with a $5,000 buy-in and one optional re-entry per player. Tournament officials are hoping to see the entries top 500 this year, following last year’s close-call of 489. That crowd built a prize pool of $2,229,954. The highest slice (C$ 429,384) went to American poker pro Darren Elias, marking a record-tying third WPT title.

No doubt Elias will be returning to Ontario, Canada next month to compete once more in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. If he can scoop one more win, he’ll surpass his current equals – Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortenson, David Rheem and Anthony Zinno – as the first player to claim 4 WPT titles.

Note: The WPT Canada tour dates have not yet been finalized. The schedule above is still subject to change until finalization.

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Jan 15

Yellowhead Casino Alberta kicks off week-long Poker Championship series.

There’s big news in Canadian poker tournaments this week. While most of the today’s biggest pros made their way to Kahnawake, Quebec to take part in the prestigious 2018 Winter Festival, another big event was kicking off 3,500km to the west in Edmonton, Alberta. I’m talking, of course, about the 2018 Alberta Poker Championship.

Yellowhead Casino Alberta to host 15th Annual Poker Championship Series

The APC is a week-long poker tournament series that takes place each January at Alberta’s Casino Yellowhead. 2018 marks the 15th annual hosting of the poker tournament, where 5 events will wrap up with the APC Main Event next weekend.

Each year, the Alberta Poker Championship gets a little bigger than the last. In 2017, the tournament’s finale drew 176 entries, building a $162k prize pool for the APC Main Event. The eventual winner, Chris Symesko, collected the top prize of $46,480.

What’s So Special about the Yellowhead Casino Alberta Poker Championship 2018?

This is a particularly lucrative poker series for Canadian poker players – especially those with proven skills, who aren’t of pro status. Why, you ask? There’s one very simple reason for it.

Everybody who is anybody in the Canadian poker world will be playing their hardest his week. But the vast majority of them won’t be in Edmonton, Alberta. Most of the high-profile players will be looking to cash big in the Winter Festival Poker tournament at Kahnawake’s Playground Poker Club. That series aso got underway yesterday, and will continue through the end of January.

If you’re looking to come up big, without taking on the toughest competition in the Great White North, Yellowhead is the better place to get your game on. Here, the competition will be less fierce, made up mostly of amateurs and local business types with enough change and spare time on their hands.

That’s not to say every pro will be absent from Yellowheads’ tables, though. Poker players are a smart breed, and there’s no doubt I’m not the only one who came up with this valuable assessment of the 2018 APC series. But a narrow margin of exceptional skill is certainly worth competing against, compared to the level of talent gathering in Quebec this week.

2018 APC Event Schedule

The APC kicked off yesterday afternoon with Event #1, a $550 NLHE Bounty. Just about an hour ago, Event #2, $330 NLHE got underway. Tuesday and Thursday, the Edmonton casino will play host to $440 PLO and $220 NLHE Turbo events at 2pm and 4pm respectively.

Thursday is reserved exclusively for satellites tournaments to the Main Event tables that start up on Friday and Saturday. These NLHE satellites cost $190 to enter; a fraction of the Main Event’s standard $1,100 buy-in.

The Main Event will take place with a pair of starting flights to kick off the weekend. All players begin with 25,000 chips, with blinds increasing at 40 minute intervals. Sunday, all remaining players will converge back on the tables for the final day of action, whittling their way down to the final table and, eventually, a 1st place victor.

See the complete 2018 Alberta Poker Championship Series schedule below for more information.

Date/Time Description Buy-In
Jan 14 @ 2:00pm Event #1 No Limit Holdem Bounty $550
Jan 15 @ 2:00pm Event #2 No Limit Holdem $330
Jan 16 @ 2:00pm Event #3 Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) $440
Jan 17 @ 4:00pm Event #4 No Limit Holdem Turbo $220
Jan 18 @ 7:30pm NLHE Satellite Tournament to Main Event $190
Jan 19 @ 12:00pm Event #5 Day 1A – APC Main Event NLHE $1,100
Jan 20 @ 12:00pm Event #5 Day 1B – APC Main Event NLHE $1,100
Jan 21 @ 2:00pm Event #5 Day 2 – APC Main Event Finale

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Jan 10

Comprehensive and accredited poker history based on chronicled evidence.

Poker HistoryI’d love to tell you that the following text is a concise and factual story of the history of poker. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a genuine, historical account of its origins. The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that no one really knows where it truly came from.

Postulating the Early History of Poker

There are multiple versions of the tale. Some say poker is “undoubtedly” derived from “the Persian game of As-Nas”. That quote is taken from the 1937 edition of Foster’s Complete Hoyle, by R. F. Foster. But few believe that anymore.

Evidence also supports the theory that poker originated in France as a game called “poque”. That game was similar to poker, and a direct descendant of the German card game “pochen”, which means ‘to knock‘, or ‘to brag as a bluff‘. These names are certainly more indicative of the name “poker”, as well as the strategic tool of bluffing.

It also makes sense because the French began populating the Louisiana Territory, along the Mississippi River (you’ll see how this ties in below), in the late 1600s. The land was later sold to the United States in 1803, which is about the time the factually-known history of poker games begins.

Known Poker History – 18th Century to Present

One of poker’s most prominent features – betting – came about around this time. In fact, it was the absence of a betting format that leads so many to discount the above tales of its origins. In that regard, today’s poker games can be dated back to the early- to mid-1700s. At that time, the Mississippi River was the most viable means of transporting goods to/from the southern lands of America.

By 1800, poker had spread all along the Mississippi River region, carried northward (from the previously French territory) by riverboats. Over the next few decades, the 52-card deck (also a French derivative) was introduced, ften playing straight poker and stud poker games. 20-card games still existed, but were usually reserved for 2-player games.

History of Poker Games - 114th Pennsylvania Infantry 1864

Officers of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry in Petersburg, Virginia, August 1864

In Jonathan H. Green’s 1843 publication of An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling, he details the history of poker’s suffusion throughout North America via the passage of Mississippi riverboats. As the game made its way further north, it was inevitably carried west by the gold rush of the mid-1800s.

More poker variants came about at this time. The 52-card deck became universally accepted, and the Flush hand was included among the ranks. Draw Poker came about prior to 1850, according to its mention in a game rule guide published that year. 5 Card Stud games, and the straight hand rank, were introduced during the American Civil War, with other additions like wild cards, lowball and split-pot games leading up to the turn of the century.

Texas Holdem Poker

The most popular poker game played today is Texas Holdem. This format dates back to around 1925, when the first community card games were played among small circles in the south. Known simply as Hold’em at the time, it was popular among high-stakes players in that region, but took nearly half a decade for the concept to really catch on.

A group of gamblers from Texas made their way to Las Vegas in 1967. They included Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim, among others. They were determined to bring this game to Vegas poker rooms, because its biggest allure was the four-round betting structure (as opposed to 2-round betting in draw poker).

More betting rounds offer a more strategic approach; a “thinking man’s game”, as Crandell Addington once called it.

Over the next three years, these gamblers managed to get the word out. They also managed to win untold amounts of money from anyone inexperienced at the game who dared compete against them.

First, they played Texas Hold’em exclusively in the Golden Nugget Casino. Then, they were invited to play at the (former) Dunes Casino, where the Second Annual Gambling Fraternity Convention was held in 1969. By 1970, Benny and Jack Binion (of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino) bought the rights to the convention, changed the name to the World Series of Poker, and by 1971, No Limit Texas Hold’em was the crown jewel (main event) of the WSOP.

Popularity of Poker Stems from TV, Internet

Technology really is a marvelous thing. In 1997, European television audiences were introduced to the “hole cam” (or “pocket cam”), allowing networks to broadcast poker games while showing the audience at home what cards each player was holding. That technology came to North America in 2002.

Chri Moneymaker wins 2003 WSOP ChampionshipBy then, online poker was just beginning to blossom. It wasn’t until 2003 that internet poker rooms gained ultimate fame. That was the year poker player Chris Moneymaker won a $40 online satellite (bypassing the $10k buy-in) to the WSOP Championship. He then whittled his way through the competition to win the bracelet and the $2.5 million prize.

Poker history was made that day. Now, it is among most popular professional gambling activities in the world, both online and on land.

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Jan 24

Evolution’s Live Casino brings Progressive Jackpot to Caribbean Stud

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Evolution Gaming has been a premier provider of live casino platforms since 2006. The company has released a vast selection of live dealer casino games in the last decade, including its popular Live Caribbean Stud Poker. Those tables have become much more popular this month after Evolution introduced a new progressive jackpot side bet.

Live Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot Side BetPlayers can activate the progressive jackpot side bet by simply pressing the ‘Jackpot‘ button, now located on the betting diagram of all live Caribbean stud poker tables. The bet amount is fixed at 1 unit, based on the player’s chosen currency ($1, £1, €1, etc.)

How to Win the Progressive Jackpot

Live Caribbean Stud Progressive JackpotThe value of the current live Caribbean stud poker progressive jackpot will be clearly displayed on the right-hand side of the screen, above the side bet’s pay table. To release the full girth of the jackpot, players will need to be dealt a Royal Flush (10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit).

Obviously, in order to participate in the progressive jackpot side bet, player’s must be dealt a hand, which necessitates at least an Ante bet of 1 unit. The side bet’s payouts are only based on the five cards dealt face up to the player at the start of the hand.

It does not matter whether the player continues with a Call bet, or Folds their hand. All side bets are paid irrespective of the base game.

Sharing Wealth Increases Odds of Winning

As any hard-core poker player knows, the odds of being dealt a Royal Flush aren’t too great, especially in stud games where there’s no option to discard and draw to a better hand. In fact, the odds of being dealt a Royal Flush in any 5 card stud game are exactly 1 in 649,740.

That particular bit of information wouldn’t help encourage players of Evolution’s live Caribbean stud tables to make the progressive jackpot side bet. But in this case, winning the progressive doesn’t actually require you – as a single player – to pull a Royal Flush.

Evolution’s live casino pays an equal share of that jackpot to any and all players currently participating, and who have placed the jackpot side bet. That means the chance of winning the jackpot is divided by the number of active jackpot-betting players.

Example: If there are 5 players betting on the jackpot, the odds drop to just under 1 in 130,000. 10 active players drops it to 1 in about 65,000, and so on.

Of course, the more players in the mix, the more you’ll share the progressive prize with, as well. But the worst feeling in the world would be to skip a 1-unit bet on the progressive, only to have the guy next to you be dealt a Royal Flush. Ouch!

Progressive Jackpot Pay Table

The Royal Flush isn’t the only thing worth winning from the live casino table’s jackpot side bet. Being dealt any of the following hands will incite the corresponding payouts (although these won’t be shared with other side-betting players).

Player’s 5-Card Hand Rank

Payout ($/£/€)

Straight Flush


Four of a Kind


Full House






Three of a Kind


All Other Live Caribbean Stud Rules Apply

Evolution Gaming Live Casino - Caribbean Stud PokerOther than the addition of a progressive jackpot side bet, Evolution’s live Caribbean stud poker rules have remain unchanged. All Call bets are equal to 2x the Ante, the dealer needs A+K high or better to qualify, and the 5+1 Bonus side bet is still a viable option for those who wish to place it.

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