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Orbis OpenBet is a company noted for its innovations in casino table game development, and “Lucky Star” certainly confirms their reputation. This online, fixed odds betting game gives a decidedly Oriental twist to roulette-type wagering, offering players ample opportunities to demonstrate their skills at prognostication and combination bets.

The game board for Lucky Star is a racetrack arrangement of the number 0~8 in a five-pointed star-shaped configuration. Bets may be placed directly on the game layout or in a special wagering section on the left side of the screen. Game controls run along the bottom and scoring information can be seen along the top.

To begin the game, the player must select a chip denomination at the bottom right side of the screen to use when placing bets. Available chip sizes are £0.50, £1, £5, £10, £25 and £50. Bets are placed by moving the cursor over any of the betting sections on the game board and choosing options that are likely to be when the winning number appears, such as Odd, Even, Black, Red, Green or a specific number on the race track.

As the cursor passes over each betting section, the corresponding numbers light up and the respective odds are displayed in the green pentagram at the very centre of the board. The payout for hitting a specified number on the track is 44X, with the exception of any number “1” selected, which pays 22X. Winning Black or Red bets are worth 2.2X, while a correct wager on Green pays 8.7X. A winning Odd wager pays 1.75X, and Even pays 2.4X when successful.

The special wagering section on the left features spots for betting on each number, 0~8. Any zero is worth 22X, any “1” is valued at 4.35X and any “8” scores 14.5X. Successful bets on the other numbers, 2~7, are worth 8.7X each. Wagers can also be made on “In” or “Out,” referring to numbers surrounding the central pentagram or along the five points of the star, at odds of 2.5X and 1.45X, respectively.

The five rows that form the star-shaped race track can also be backed with bets. They are identified by the Chinese ideograms for Gold, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. If the winning number lands on one of these chosen rows, it pays 3.95X. One other possible wager is on “Hi” or “Lo,” referring to the sets of number 1~4 and 5~8, which pay out at odds of 1.75X or 2.4X, respectively.

When placing bets, several useful controls are available. On the left side of the screen are buttons for “Clear” and “Undo.” The former can be clicked to remove all bets, and the latter is used to clear only the most recent wager placed. Another button on the right side marked “Repeat” can be used to wager on exactly the same numbers and/or combinations as were backed during the last game.

A pull-down “Options” menu at the top of the screen allows audio adjustments to be made for “Sound” and Music.” There is also a switch for “Turbo” to speed the pace of the game. When the “Bet” button is clicked, a yellow light will begin moving along the racetrack in a star pattern, gradually slowing and coming to a halt on a specific number. The winnings associated with that number will be calculated automatically and displayed in the “Paid” indicator at the top of the game board.

A section of the board marked “Draws” will the display the winning number in one of three columns, Red, Green or Black, keeping a history of the seven most recent outcomes as a reference and an aid in betting. As for sound effects, chimes and gongs greet every aspect of play.

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