Hi Lo Online Casino GamesBy: Mark Freedman, Saturday October 23rd 2010
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Hi Lo online casino games are simple fixed odds games that are not in the portfolio of many software providers. However Playtech and WagerWorks offer some excellent games in this genre. Basically Hi Lo games involve generating numbers from a given set at random and the player has to guess whether the next number generated will be higher or lower. Hi Lo games often are set in thematic environments or have innovative twists.
The simplest format of the game is Hi Lo Classic from WagerWorks. It is described by WagerWorks as "The original cash accumulator game that started it all!" Players can wager from 1 to 100 credits. A starting number between 1 and 49 is drawn at random. The player has to predict whether the next number presented will be higher or lower. The payout for each option is displayed. If the previous number is close to 49 the difficulty of getting a higher number is more and so is the payout. However the difficulty of getting a lower number is low and so is the payout. The converse applies to numbers close to 1. If the player guesses wrong he loses. If he guesses right the payout gets added to the accumulator. The player can risk the entire amount by wagering it on the next turn or can collect the accumulated amount. If the accumulator amount is at least twice as large as the initial bet, the player can collect half the amount and wager the remaining half. Mel's Hi Lo Golf is an identical game from the wagering point of view. It has also been developed by WagerWorks. Visually it has been set on a golf course. Mel hits the ball for each draw and when it comes to a rest it displays a number.
In online casinos several games use cards or dice to generate random numbers. Hence it is hardly surprising that these devices are used in some variants of Hi Lo games. Playtech offers two such interesting variants. Genie's Hi Lo has Genie holding a deck of cards and players select one card at a time. They have to decide whether the next card will be higher ranked or lower ranked than the previous one. Risk taking players can add excitement to their wagers by betting on both the rank and the color of the next card. The payouts are considerably enhanced if the double bet is made.
Rollercoaster Dice is a dice based Hi Lo game from Playtech that is set in an amusement park. In this game two dice are rolled and the total of the numbers on the faces is the number in question. Rollercoaster Dice differs from the usual Hi Lo games in two respects. Players must bear in mind that with dice the probability of each number being rolled is not identical. The probability of rolling a 7 is six times that of rolling a 12. The other difference is more apparent. There are no payouts for each correct guess. Players need to make at least five correct guesses in order to win a payout that is designated in proportion to the amount wagered. Once they reach that level they can cash the amount or try for the next level.
The WagerWorks Hi Lo games can be played at online casinos like Virgin Casino. The Playtech Hi Lo games can be played at online casinos like Casino Tropez, Casino Del Rio and Omni Casino.
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