Table game operators at the 2018 Cutting Edge Table Games Conference selected Poker Burnout by Casino Gaming Development; Ricochet Poker by Ricochet Poker; and Multiplier Blackjack by Multiplier Blackjack as the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of Casino Journal’s Best New Table Games competition at Paris Las Vegas.

The winners were voted on by qualified attendees who were required to sample each of the 19 new games entered in the competition.

As the Gold winner, Poker Burnout will receive floor space at Blue Lake Casino; Downstream Casino; FireKeepers Casino Hotel; Muckleshoot Casino; Saratoga Casino Black Hawk; and Shooting Star Casino, providing that the game meets necessary regulatory and/or compact approvals.

“People like the simplicity of Poker Burnout; you can pick it up in one or two hands,” said Angel Espino, the game’s inventor. “It’s easy for a dealer to teach and deal. The odds, the return-to-player and the house edge are all great. The house is happy with the game and the players like the hit frequency and the payout, knowing that they will get something back every two, three or four hands. It also feels like players have control of the outcome because there’s a decision point where they have to burn a card.”

In addition to the Best New Table Games competition, the Cutting Edge Table Games Conference featured a broad range of table game product and service exhibits and three days of education. The educational program kicked off with a pre-event workshop presented by table games expert Bill Zender. Zender did a deep dive on table game math, covering such topics as house advantage of major casino games; understanding how to optimize side bets; calculating risk range for table game limits; and how to determine the best metrics to use in table game player tracking systems. Other topics covered included the cost of table game promotions and understanding rolling chip/dead chip programs.

The main event was composed of two full days of conference sessions and two keynote speeches. Dan Cherry, corporate vice president of gaming, Penn National Gaming, delivered an opening address entitled, “My Top Table Game Priorities.” (For more details, see The Back Page, page 50.) Bennie Mancino, corporate vice president of table games, JACK Entertainment, followed on day two with a hands-on table game management speech called, “The Answers that Lie on the Table.”

Breakout session topics covered included new player loyalty and reinvestment technologies; how to grow craps revenue; team member engagement; real world discussions on sexual harassment; new game development; dealer tips; an interview with advantage players conducted by Dennis Conrad; and a double-session on game protection with live demonstrations of numerous forms of table game cheating conducted by Sale Piacente of UniverSal Game Protection Development.

Last month was the 11th annual edition of the Cutting Edge Table Games Conference, which has distinguished itself as a uniquely valuable event for table game professionals across the industry. It will return to Paris Las Vegas November 18-20, 2019. 

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