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Published: 12/03/2013

Among fixed odds games, the ones that are often the most fun and most lucrative are frequently quite simple, such as the wide variety of Hi-Lo games available now on the Internet. WagerWorks, an IGT company, may have had this in mind when they developed “Black or White” for online casinos. It combines the simplicity of Hi-Lo betting with a twist that requires just a bit more skill and insight than merely guessing a single outcome.

The Black or White game screen consists of four rows of exactly 13 tiles, all of which are coloured grey at the very start of the game. At the right end of each row are buttons marked Black and White that are used for betting. Beneath each betting button is an indicator that will display the payout if that selection is correct. Initially, all the buttons and indicators are darkened and nonfunctional.

Controls appear across the bottom of the screen. In the lower right corner are the +/- toggles for selecting how much to wager. Available amounts start at £0.50 and range all the way up to £20. The value of the stake is indicated in the display immediately above the green “Draw” button. The player’s total funds available are show in the “Balance” indicator at the top right corner of the screen.

When the Draw button is clicked, each row will flip over its tiles, one of which is highlighted in red. All tiles appearing to the left of the red tile are coloured black, while all those on the right are coloured white. The object of the game is to correctly predict whether the red tile’s next position will be among the white tiles or the black tiles after it moves randomly back and forth across the length of the row.

The player may choose to wager on any of the four rows, but only for one outcome, either Black or White. Alternatively, the tiles can be “shuffled” by clicking on the “Shuffle” button that appears in place of the Draw button after the game has begun. Three shuffle opportunities are available at the start of the game. They may be used before the outset of any bet and replenished at a rate of one additional shuffle for every four predictions made correctly, up to a maximum of six shuffles. A counter above the shuffle button keeps track of the number of shuffles available and the number of wins required to gain an additional shuffle.

As soon as the player clicks on Black or White to bet, the four red tiles dance back and fourth along their respective rows and come to rest among either the Black ties or the White ones. Any time the player chooses incorrectly, the stake is lost and a new game may begin. However, each correct bet adds a pay out to the “Win” counter at the bottom of the screen along with an opportunity to bet again. The odds for the bets change depending on the current tile—the further from the end of a row the current tile is, the bigger the potential winnings are. A red tile at the very end of a row allows bets only on the single colour showing, Black of White.

The player may cash out the accumulated winnings and start a new game at any time by clicking on the “Save All” button at the lower left of the screen. However, when the amount won equals double the initial stake, the “Save Half” option becomes operational, allowing the player to safely collect half the winning and continue playing with the other half. Once Save Half is functioning, it can be used at any time, just like Save All.

One other useful option on Black or White is the red Turbo Bet button in the lower left corner. When it is activated, the red tiles snap immediately into their next positions after each bet, thereby speeding play. Black or White can be found at Bet365, BetFred, 888 Casino, BetFair, William Hill, Virgin Casino, Stan James and other major gaming web sites affiliated with WagerWorks or IGT.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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