Aces High

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A major genre of games has been developed around “Hi-Lo,” where the challenge is to predict correctly whether the next outcome in a series will be higher (Hi) or lower (Lo) than the most recent result. Most of these games use decks of cards, dice, spinning wheels or other gaming-related techniques of producing random outcomes. Odds may be fixed or variable, depending on the structure of the game and its betting options.

In the Hi-Lo game called “Aces High” developed by Dynamite Idea Interactive gaming, both cards and a slot reel are used. The game display is divided into two primary areas—a row of eleven cards lined up face down at the bottom of the screen and the control panel, which resembles four grey-coloured arrows pointing outward—top, bottom, left and right—from a central slot reel.

The reel bears the pictures of playing cards of a green, non-descript suit, sequentially from Deuce to Ace. It is partially covered by the green “Start” button and the instructions, “Select your start card, stake amount and click START to begin.” The “Start Card” can be the current card appearing on the slot reel or it can be raised or lowered by using the red “High” and “Low” arrows that appear, respectively, above and below the reel. As the game’s name indicates, the Ace is always counted as high.

The “Stake” indicator is located on the left side of the screen, with red up/down arrows to its right. Using the arrows, it is possible to select a Stake of €1, €2, €3, €4, €5, €10, €20 or €25. Additional instructions appear above the Stake indicator: “Select your stake amount below. Select start card using High Low arrows. (Stake can still be amended at this point.) Select start button to begin.”

Note that as the Stake and Start Card values are adjusted, the payout odds showing on the top (High) and bottom (Low) directional arrows of the control panel will adjust automatically from a minimum of 1.06X to a maximum of 12.50X. The payout odds on the right directional arrow (Same) remain unchanged at all times at 12.50X.

Clicking on the “Start” button will set the game of Aces High in motion. The very first card on the far left of the row of eleven cards will turn over to show the Start Card. The Start button itself will disappear and the instructions on the left side of the display will change to “Using the arrows select high, low or same. Pick up the bonuses along the way!”

The bonuses referred to are 5%, 10% and 25%, respectively, for correctly predicting 3, 6 and 10 outcomes in a row. These bonus values appear on the corresponding cards in the row of eleven and they are added to whatever payout is made on those particular results.

Now the player must make the first decision of the game: Will the next card to show on the slot reel be higher than, lower than or the same as the Start Card? As soon as the player clicks on High, Low or Same, the reel will begin spinning and the control will dim. Whatever card shows up on the reel, it will also appear in the second position in the row of cards at the bottom of the screen. Depending on the result, the instructions display will flash either “Congratulations Winner!” or “Unlucky. Please try again.”

A loss, of course, will forfeit the Stake and return the screen to its original display. A win, however, will show the “Current Winnings” in the counter on the left directional arrow, where a red “Collect” button has lit up and can be used to gather all winnings to that point and start a new game.

If player chooses to play on, the winnings will become the new Stake and the payout odds will be adjusted according to the value of the new card showing on the reel. The player may continue to parlay the winnings or collect at any point thereafter, but a single loss will forfeit whatever amount has been won. The game also ends automatically if ten correct forecasts are made.

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