Tue, Apr. 24th, 2012 07:58 pm - Just like everyone else who goes to Vegas, I love trying to count cards at Blackjack. It's not as easy as it looks to beat the odds, especially with all the automatic shufflers and whatnot. And then you have to factor in the odds of having your bones broken if you actually are good at it.So, awhile back I was thinking about designing a new Vegas-style game for StrikeSapphire...
Of course the new game had to be multiplayer like our other table games. So I thought, why not make something that actually encourages people to count cards and work together? After all, the philosophy behind all our original games is that (1) they should pay better than other casinos do if you play just on luck, and (2) they should pay even better -- maybe even 100% RTP -- if you refine your skill. The Scuba Cube slot is an example of that, but it's just for one player. Sapphire Rummy is the party version of the same idea.
I'm a big fan of Gin Rummy -- killed countless hours in train stations and bus depots playing it, in my travels. So this game is based on the same rules of melds (3+ suited cards in a row, or 3+ of the same face value) and deadwood (the total face value of whatever's left over). I designed this game to give players the feeling of real Rummy -- getting control over which cards you keep -- but with a fast-paced style of play similar to Three Card Poker or Ultimate Texas Holdem.
So far, the overall payout from Sapphire Rummy has been 96.67% - about what I predicted for individual players. And that's what we've had. No one has yet teamed up to figure out how to beat it. But the math says that with 3 players working together (seeing each other's cards, plus the 3 the dealer shows), there is no house edge at all. Maybe even a negative house edge. I'm not that good with math.
Pretty soon, we're going to put together a contest between teams, for which team can "cheat" the best at Sapphire Rummy. For now, check out the video above and start working on your skills!
Tue, Apr. 10th, 2012 05:46 pm - Our original Mayan Gold game can be a little tricky to figure out the first time. Here's a quick video demonstration that explains the rules of the game. Once you know how it works, you'll find Mayan Gold offers some of the best odds in the house with rolling progressive jackpots.
First Weekend Tournament Final!
Tue, Mar. 27th, 2012 12:01 am -
Congratulations to Bonjin on winning our first 5 BTC all-casino weekend tournament!
We're starting a new leaderboard on Thursday, March 29th... good luck to all the new players!
How to Play: Sapphire Keno.
Mon, Mar. 12th, 2012 11:34 pm - StrikeSapphire Keno may just be the greatest innovation on the basic game of Keno since the Romans started running numbers.
For some reason, a million years ago, everyone agreed on this convention that a Keno card has 80 numbers on it, and there are 20 that get hit, and you get to choose ten. It's true, that makes for a nice even payout table that everyone can follow along with. But what if you could get better odds and higher RTP from a casino by changing the basic rules behind the game? What if you could rearrange the card to have only ten numbers, and only 6 landed, and pick 5? And what if you could weight the payout table so you got better odds for catching none, or catching them all? Well, it's dangerous for casinos to do that, because someone might actually get an edge on the house that way.
The math equations behind Sapphire Keno are patent pending. We're the first casino to offer anything like this. Take a look at the demo below and think of the possiblities!