Shuffling up new games

Sep 13, 2005 8:12 AM

Industry table game leader Shuffle Master, Inc. will showcase a record 14 table games —including four new titles — at this year’s Global Gaming Expo.

Shuffle Master’s latest offering, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, will get prime billing with three tables including one on an actual hold’em table.

Ultimate is a table-game version of Texas Hold’em in which players compete against the dealer and against a bonus paytable. Shuffle Master Director of Table Game Development Roger Snow says Ultimate accommodates any type of gambler, from aggressive to conservative, and moves poker into the pit.

"The key to Ultimate Texas Hold’em is the checking," Snow says. "Other hold’em games in the market make you commit to your hand after seeing just two cards. Our game lets you check all the way down to the river. You don’t have to make an additional bet until you see all seven cards."

Ultimate recently made its market debut at Thunder Valley Casino in California, and Snow says additional installs are queued up in California, Indiana, the Caribbean and Perth, Australia.

"This game looks very promising," he says. "It needs more time in the field to better gauge its potential, but so far so good."

This is the first G2E appearance for Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Other games making their debuts are Mississippi Stud, Fortune Blackjack and Dakota Stud.

"Mississippi Stud is a game to check out," Snow says. "It’s a paytable game that lets you bet very aggressively. You can really put a lot of cheques in action, more so than in any other game where you play against a paytable, not against the dealer."

Fortune Blackjack is a side bet with a "free-roll" feature and Dakota Stud is a variation of Let it Ride.

Shuffle Master will also display and demonstrate its established games: Three Card Poker, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, Royal Match 21, Four Card/Crazy 4 Poker, Bet the Set "21," Dragon Bonus, Casino War and Single 21.