Christmas broke out early for me at G2E in Las Vegas
October 01, 2013 3:00 AM
by Marc Meltzer
It’s holiday season for those of us in the casino and gaming industry. The annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) just took place in Las Vegas and we were able to preview some of the new games that will be coming to casinos in the near future.
Most of these new games aren’t available just yet and will slowly begin rolling out to casinos in the near future. You’ll see some previews of the new games in Gaming Today.
The best news is there seems to be a concerted effort by the game creators to cater to smart players looking to play games with a minimal house advantage.
Slot machine manufacturers, like WMS Gaming, have carved out a segment of their new games to include multi-denominational games for casinos. As we all know the higher the denomination of a slot machine the lower the house advantage. It’s nice to see new slot machine games focusing on this segment of casino customers.
Many table games and side bets that have come out recently seem to be more focused on giving the casino a larger house advantage than giving the player a good time. When a house advantage is larger your buy-in will tend to be lost faster. Straight Edge Poker was introduced by SHFL (formerly Shufflemaster) and has a great payback rate of 98.44%.
Many games on display at G2E only have a long shot of making it to the casino, but because Straight Edge Poker is a SHFL creation it has a good chance to make it. SHFL has a great track record with casinos and is best known as the company that created 3 Card Poker. 3 Card Poker is one of the most popular games to hit casinos in the past five years or so.
According to Wizard of Odds the house edge for 3 Card Poker is anywhere from over 3% to over 7%. The large house advantage makes 3 Card Poker a very profitable game for the casino but it’s also one of the most popular games for players. There are now almost as many 3 Card Poker tables on the casino floor as craps and roulette tables.
Straight Edge Poker plays similarly to 3 Card Poker so it could very well catch on and likely replace one of the other poker variants in the casino with a higher house advantage offered by SHFL.
You’ll certainly find me playing Straight Edge Poker and some of the newer mid-higher denomination slot machines when they are available.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gambling and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Follow Marc on twitter @eastcoastgamblr. Check out his blog at www.AC2LV.com Contact Marc at MarcMeltzer@GamingToday.com.