Published: 12/03/2013

In creating the new online table game called “Paradice,” software developer Orbis OpenBet obviously studied the two most popular casino dice games—Craps and Sic Bo. In many ways, Paradice is an amalgam of those two favourites, combining some of their most popular elements, while adding a few new twists that are sure to please.

Paradice is played with two pairs of dice named after mythical Chinese creatures. The two dice on the left are referred to as the “Phoenix,” while the two on the right are called the “Dragon.” All four dice are rolled at once and wagers can be made on the outcome of either pair or on the combined total of the two.

The screen display for Paradice is divided into four sections: the dice area at the top, the betting field in the middle, the controls at the bottom and the game history/chip selection area on the right side. A circular green results indicator in the dice area separates the Phoenix playing surface from the Dragon one, both of which appear to be carved out of wood. The other sections feature parchment with writing that is calligraphic in nature.

To begin the game, the player must select a chip denomination at the bottom right side of the screen by using the +/- toggles. Available chip sizes are £0.50, £1, £2, £5, £10, £25 and £50, although some casinos will also offer larger amounts, such as £75, £100 or £zero. Bets are placed by moving the cursor over the betting field and clicking on desired outcomes. As the cursor passes over each betting position, the respective odds for the bet are displayed in the circular green results indicator.

Wagers on the Phoenix dice are placed on the parchment directly below them. The payout for a successful “Odd” or “Even” total is 1.95X. A bet on “Win” will pay 2X whenever the Phoenix total is greater than the Dragon total. It is also possible to bet a specific number, 1~6, showing up on the faces of the Phoenix dice, which pays 3X when successful. Similarly, wagers on the Dragon dice are placed on the parchment directly below them, including Odd, Even, numbers 1~6 and Win (to beat the Phoenix total).

Directly below the results indicator is the parchment for wagering on the combined outcome of all four dice. Bets on the exact total, from 4 to 24, pay out at odds ranging from 8X to 1200X. Wagers can also be made on groups of numbers, such as Lo (4~9) or Hi (19~24) valued at 9.5X and Mid (10~18) at 1.1X. Bets on “2 of a Kind,” “3 of a Kind” and “4 of Kind” pay out at 1.25X, 9X and 200X, respectively. Also, just like Roulette, a chip can be placed on any two adjacent totals or a block of four possible totals.

Once the bets have been made, it is possible to use the “Undo” button to remove the most recent chip placed or the “Clear” button to remove all chips. The “Total Stake” shows on the control panel parchment. Clicking on “Bet” will set the dice in action. Orbis OpenBet have done an excellent job of making the spinning dice look and sound realistic, right down to the “clinking” that can be heard whenever the dice collide.

As soon as all four dice have come to rest, the winning betting areas on the parchment light up, much like they do in Sic Bo. The total amount won will flash in the results indicator and will also be displayed on the control panel parchment. The numbers appear on the faces of the dice will be recorded in the appropriate columns under the “Previous” heading on the game history parchment.

By clicking on “Repeat,” the same wager may be made again. The Repeat button will then become a “Double” button, allowing the player to easily increase the value of all bets by a factor of 2X.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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