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Scratch Cards by Software Providers

By: Joan Peppin, Thursday June 17th 2010
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Scratch cards are the simplest and fastest of online casino games. And this is their advantage. Scratch cards can be played while waiting for the roulette wheel to stop or the slots reels to come to rest. Scratch cards can also be played to unwind after a strenuous blackjack session. In its basic form a scratch card has six symbols that are hidden to begin with. After the symbols have been scratched and revealed, if there are three like symbols on the card then the player receives a payout. Some of the symbols appeared less frequently and if these symbols are matched then the payout is larger. Other symbols appear often and if these symbols are matched then the payout is smaller. As in the case of online slot games, scratch cards are thematic and carry audio visual effects.

Rival Gaming is a software provider that offers extremely simple scratch card games. The scratch card is set in a background that displays the theme. The background displays subtle animation and suitable background music accompanies the game. The symbols, however, are not thematic but are the multipliers directly. If three identical multipliers appear on the scratch card then the payout is the amount wagered times the multiplier. In scratch cards the symbols can be revealed manually one at that time or automatically all at once. In Rival Gaming scratch cards players should follow the manual procedure unless they are strapped for time. As a multiplier is revealed a thematic symbol appears on a score card against that multiplier. If the multiplier is revealed a second time then a different thematic symbol appears in the second column. Finally if the same multiplier is revealed a third time then the third column is filled and the score card gets wildly animated. Some of the Rival Gaming scratch cards are Gunslinger's Gold and Penguin Payday.

Cryptologic scratch cards are visually more appealing because of better quality graphics and the themes being developed more completely. Even the audio has thematic value. For example in the Money Farm scratch card the sounds of the different farm animals have been incorporated. The symbols are not multipliers but thematic symbols. In High Fashion the scratch card resembles the window display of a high end boutique and the symbols are the items on sale, like lipsticks, gowns and purses. The multipliers are also indicated alongside the symbols and there is a separate pay table as well. Cryptologic scratch cards have an Auto Play feature by which the player can set up to play a specified number of games without any manual intervention.

The software provider, Realtime Gaming has positioned itself uniquely in the scratch cards category. Players do not have to get three matching symbols on the card in order to receive the payouts. The rules for payouts are separately specified and are different for each scratch card game. The best part is that these rules simulate the other popular online casino games. In 5 Diamond Blackjack the six symbols on the scratch card are a dealer's hand and five player's hand. Each of the player's hands is randomly given a multiplier. When the hands are revealed, each player's hand that is better than the dealer's hand following normal blackjack rules results in a payout based on the wagered amount and the revealed multiplier. In Hot Dice there are five symbols that depict the totals from a roll of two dice. Totals of 7 and 11 result in payouts at the revealed multipliers. This scratch card is based on craps.

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