Heads or Tails

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Childhood games once played strictly for fun can now be played for money as well, thanks to the arcade options available on many online casinos, such as Bet365. Software developer Playtech have created a broad array of clever game adaptations for enjoyment via the Internet, not the least being their version of a simple time-honoured favourite—“Heads or Tails.”

The scene opens with three mates gathered round a table, two of them poised to flip coins in the air and the third looking on. There are half full glasses of beer on the table and a bag full of golf clubs in the background, suggesting that the threesome are relaxing at the 19th hole after finishing up a round on the links. The controls for the game are located at the bottom of the screen, and there is a “History” board on the left.

Heads or Tails presents the player with several options for wagering. The first is whether to flip one coin and bet on the outcome, heads or tails, or to bet on the results of two coins flipped at the same time. The choice is made by clicking on either the 1X or 2X coin symbols in the lower left corner of the display.

Immediately to the right of the selector buttons, there are controls for choosing the coin denomination to wager. Adjusting the value is accomplished by using the +/- toggles on either side of the bet indicator. The minimum amount is €0.10, while the maximum limit is €100.

In the centre of the control panel is where the player enters a prediction of how the flip will end. When only one coin is flipped, the choice is limited to heads or tails. The coins appear stacked, heads on top and tails below. Simply clicking on the desired face will highlight it. When two coins are to be flipped, two sets of faces appear—again, heads above and tails below. The selections for the results are locked in the same way, by clicking on the chosen face for each of the two coins.

Then, there is one more decision to make. Will the assigned wager and forecast be applied to a single flip only or for more than one flip? Buttons on the right side of the control panel can be clicked to bet on “Flip x1,” “Flip x2” or “Flip x3.” Obviously, the odds vary, as do the payouts, for wagering on successions of the same result.

In the case of the simplest choice, one coin, flipped one time, the true odds of either heads or tails coming up is evens (1:1)—a real coin flip. Of course, the casino needs to make a profit, so a margin is built into the payout in much the same way it is for sports betting. On a successful €1.00 wager, the return will be €1.90, not €2.00. Likewise, if “Flip x2” is chosen for one coin successfully, the payout is €3.80 on a €1 bet, not the true odds of 4:1 or €4.00 total.

Clicking on any of the “Flip” buttons initiates the game. If the player has forgotten to indicate the outcome, a prompt will appear, “Please select heads or tails!” In the case of a single successful flip, the winnings will be displayed along with “Congratulations” and a prompt to “Play Again.” Should the pick fail, a prompt appears to “Try Again!” When more than one Flip is selected, the player is prompted at the end of the first round to “Flip Next” or “Try Again.”

One of the more useful features of Playtech’s Heads or Tails game is the History board. It maintains a display of the previous five outcomes, which can be useful data in deciding what wagers to make.

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