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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Las Vegas Casino Introduces New Dice Game

Vegas Chatter: Red Rock Casino introduced a new game this past weekend called Scossa.

Scossa is a dice game, played on a table similar to a craps table, but actually plays more like roulette. In fact, compared to craps, the odds don't seem too bad and look even better on the exotic bets. We love craps, so we were immediately curious. Let's take a look at how to play:

The object of Scossa™ is to correctly predict the outcome on a roll of a pair of dice. Scossa™ offers seven different types of bets:

- Straight Number Bets - You win if the result of the dice is the number you placed your wager on (i.e., 2 thru 12).

- Split Bets - You win if the result of the dice is either of the straight numbers adjacent to the line you placed your wager on. (i.e., 7 or 2, 6 or 3, 5 or 4, 7 or 12, 8 or 11, 9 or 10)

- Range Bets - You win if the result of the dice is any of the four numbers in the range you placed your wager on. (i.e., Low – 3, 4, 5 or 6, High – 8, 9, 10 or 11)

- Hard Way Bets - You win if the result of each dice shows the same number. (i.e., two 1’s, two 2’s, two 3’s. two 4’s, two 5’s, or two 6‘s)

- Hard Way Split Bets - You win if the result of the dice is either of the Hard Way numbers adjacent to the line you placed your wager on. (i.e. 2 or hard 4, hard 4 or hard 6, hard 6 or hard 8, hard 8 or hard 10, hard 10 or 12)

- Triple 7’s Bonus Bet - You win if the Shooter rolls three 7’s in a row

- Lucky 7 for Dealer - The Dealer wins if the Shooter rolls a 7

In our research, the only thing that stood out as controversial, and possibly negative, is that there is a dealer bet placed on the felt. This is the first game to do that and reaction seems mostly negative. It has long odds, but seems as if it comes across like placing a tip jar at a coffee shop cash register. Some people are bothered by that, some don't care. We gamble enough to know how, and when, to tip. We don't need the nudge.

There are quite a few bets with a relatively small house edge (under 3%), which is nice to see. It seems as if the game makers are trying to find any way to capture the excitement of craps. We're not sure that changing the rules in craps will make it more fun, but with decent odds and simple play, Scossa has us curious to try it out.

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