Kwik Kaluki

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Anyone seeking a little relaxation and fun in a Caribbean island setting need look no further than “Kwik Kaluki.” This fast paced table game was developed in 2011 by Finsoft for distribution to online casinos like Bet365 through Gtech G2. Although it is reminiscent of Gin Rummy, the hands that are played contain only three cards each.

The game screen opens on a beach scene, with blue skies, blue waters, white sand and lush foliage in the background. There are lounge chairs set up on the beach beneath large umbrellas and a number of people are gathered at the pier, taking in the sun and enjoying leisure activities from wind-surfing to catamaran sailing as a gull passes by overhead. At Kaluki’s Bar, patrons chat in the shade while the barkeep shakes up a tropical cocktail. Lively steel drum music complements the idyllic atmosphere.

In the foreground, there’s a handsome young fellow wearing a pink aloha shirt and sunglasses. This is the opponent who plays for the House. He has a bottle of beer next to him on the table, with a slice of lime jutting out of the top. The fellow gestures to gaming chips displayed a wooden plank on the left. Just click on a chip to choose the denomination of the bet desired, from €0.10 or €0.20 to €1, €2, €4 or €10. The amount selected will be multiplied by 5X to become the Total Stake up to a maximum of €50.

To begin a game of Kwik Kaluki, simply click on the “Sit Down” sign at the very bottom of the display. The screen will quickly shift to an overhead view of the wooden table where a deck of Kwik Kaluki playing cards is waiting. On the right side of the screen, controls for “Play,” “Change Stake” and “History” are set between the opponent’s beer and a tropical drink with a small paper umbrella. There is also a brown-coloured indicator at the upper right showing the amount of the “Stake” and “Pot.”

On the left side of the screen is a panel showing the “Goal” of the game and “How to Play.” The object is to be the first to catch three of a kind or a run of three cards of the same suit—a so-called “Kaluki.” The player and the House take turns drawing and discarding cards. Each time, the player has the option to draw from the deck blindly or to pick up the last card discarded by the House. Play continues in this manner till one hand results in a Kaluki.

Clicking on Play will set the game in motion. The controls will be replaced by a new set of options: “Hint” to get advice on what move to make, “Autoplay” to allow the computer to play both hands and “Play Out” to automatically complete a hand already started. There are also toggles for “History” to show the last hand played and “Klik-Drag” to change the manner of using the cursor to pick up and discard cards.

The music stops when the game begins. Three cards each are dealt to the House and the player to form their starting hands. The House always goes first, which amounts to creating the House Edge for the casino; otherwise the game would be played at true even odds. After the House draws from the deck and discards, it is the player’s turn to draw, unless the House has drawn a natural Kaluki.

When a Kaluki has been formed and declared, the Pot is divvied up. The losing hand is scored according to the number of “Outs” it has—cards in the deck that would complete the hand to form a Kaluki. The number of Outs will always be between zero and four. The loser receives back one fifth of the original Stake for each Out and the winner receives the remainder of the Pot. The music resumes and the player has the option to play again or change the Stake by returning to the game’s original beach scene display.

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