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Grand Palace Casino



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 Supported languages

English
 Excluded countries

USA
 Software

Grand Palace Casino was developed by World Gaming.
 Licence

Grand Palace Casino is owned by Laursyd Holdings ltd.. Grand Palace Casino operates under a gaming licence granted by the government of Saint Kitts & Nevis. Established, licensed, and fully functional since 1/31/1998. To have a gaming license means that a casino is able to 1) deposit enough money yearly as a financial backup for players (approximately US $50,000 up to US $100,000 per annum), 2) pay the taxes (of about 2,5% up to 5%), and hence 3) is subject to the control of the government that issued the gaming licence in case of any disputes.
 Games

Baccarat [Mini]
Blackjack
Craps
Keno
Poker [Caribbean]
Poker [Let It Ride]
Poker [Pai Gow]
Red Dog
Roulette [American]
Sic Bo
Slots
Video Poker
War


 Baccarat (Mini)
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Mini Baccarat Review

Game: In Baccarat you and the banker receive two to three cards to get a point value as close to nine as possible. You have to correctly guess whether you or the banker will win, or a tie will occur.

Odds: In baccarat the best bet is on the banker (bet that the banker will win) and the fewer the decks used the better the banker bet gets. Since Grand Palace Casino uses only one deck, the house edge on a banker bet is 1.01% (it would be 1.06% if played with six or eight decks). Dealt and played using "standard" rules, if you win by betting on the banker, the bank receives a 5% commission (Land-based casinos take 4%).
The single-deck house edge on a player bet is 1.29% (where the six / eight-deck house edge on a player bet is 1.24%). These differences in percentage do not seem large, but they do have a considerable impact on play in real life.
A winning bet on a tie pays 8:1 which results in an house edge of 15.75% on tie bets (14.44% when using six and 14.36% when using eight decks). Anyway, you should avoid betting on ties at Grand Palace Casino since there are online casinos offering 9:1 payouts on ties which lowers the house edge to 4.8% on tie bets.

Set: The table limits are set to $1-$100 which is very little since high stakes (betting limits) are considered to be important when playing baccarat.

Summary: Grand Palace Casino offers a very good baccarat game (single-deck) with pretty bad betting limits for high rollers.



 Blackjack
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Blackjack Review

Game: In Blackjack each card has a point value. You first get two cards, calculate their value and decide whether to draw more cards or not where the maximum total points allowed is 21. The dealer does the same thing. You try to be better than him (draw closer to 21).

Odds: 6 decks are used here which is not so good, because as less decks are used as more easy it gets to keep track of the cards and to estimate your chances correctly via card counting. Additionally the cards are shuffled after every round. The house edge with the rules listed below is 0.56% which is simply bad.

Set: The dealer stands on soft 17 (Ace & 6) which is good but standard. Doubling down is allowed on any first two cards which is excellent. You can double down after you split pairs which is better than what land based casinos offer you but standard when it comes to online casinos. Split Aces receive only one more card. If the dealer wins with a 10 showing the player will lose the full amount bet. If the dealer wins with an Ace showing the player will lose only the original amount bet (not including any additional money from doubling or splitting). Stakes (betting limits) are $1-$100.

Summary: This isn't a very good blackjack game. Stakes (betting limits) are very bad as well.



 Poker (Caribbean)
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Caribbean Poker Review

Game: In Caribbean Poker you place an ante (bet before game starts) and after having received five cards decide whether to compete against the dealer or not. You simply compare cards. The better hand wins.

Odds: The basic house edge for this game is 5.21% which doesn't make it look competitive compared to other casino games. American Roulette has a slightly worse house edge though.
Anyway, Grand Palace Casino makes this game interesting because it offers you a side bet of $1 for which you will receive an additional payoff for certain paying hands (flush or better). This extra win is based on the value of your own five-card hand, not on the hand of the dealer. So even if the dealer beats you or does not qualify you still get the bonus payoff. Ususally this side bet has a house edge of 30% - 70%, so only when the jackpot is very high the house edge decreases enough to really make this side bet worth a try. When you review the payoff chart keep in mind that some online casinos offer you a 999:1 payout for a Royal Flush.

The strategy for Caribbean Poker is quite simple: you should raise on any pair or better and fold on anything less than ace/king.

Set: Stakes (betting limits) are $5-$100.

Summary: There certainly are online casinos with much better Caribbean Poker games.

Caribbean Poker Payoffs
 

Hand Payoff Bonus Payoff
Royal Flush 100:1 100% of Jackpot
Straight Flush 50:1 10% of Jackpot
4 of a Kind 20:1 $250
Full House 7:1 $150
Flush 5:1 $100
Straight 4:1 4:1
3 of a Kind 3:1 3:1
2 pair 2:1 2:1
1 pair 1:1 1:1


 Poker (Let it Ride)
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Let it Ride Poker Review

Game: Let It Ride is a card game based on poker where you first get three cards and then have the option of paying for each more card until you hold five cards. A pair of tens or better will receive a payout.

Odds: The basic house edge for this game is 3.5%. And what makes this game interesting is the side bet of $1 for which you will receive an additional payoff for certain paying hands (3 of a kind or better). This extra payoff is based on the value of your own five-card hand, not on the hand of the dealer. So even if the dealer beats you you still get the bonus payoff. This extra payoff usually is based on a progressive meter which causes the house edge to vary. If the jackpot is small, the house edge is huge (sometimes up to 70%). But Grand Palace Casino offers quite large jackpots so the house edge is about 50%. As you can see actually this is a sucker bet (bad bet) that should be avoided.

Set: This actually is an improved version of Let It Ride; not by the pay schedule, which still gives the casino a 2.85% edge if played properly, but by how it's played. Instead of placing 3 bets and pulling them back, you bet only on the spots you want. This makes the game a lot faster. Stakes (betting limits) are $5-$100.

Summary: This probably is one of the best Let It Ride Poker games to find at online casinos. The stakes are a bit sparse.

Let It Ride Payoffs
 

Hand Payoff Bonus Payoff
Royal Flush 1000:1 100% of Jackpot
Straight Flush 200:1 10% of Jackpot
4 of a Kind 50:1 $250
Full House 11:1 $150
Flush 8:1 $100
Straight 5:1 5:1
3 of a Kind 3:1 3:1
2 pair 2:1 2:1
1 pair 1:1 1:1


 Poker (Pai Gow)
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Pai Gow Poker Review

Game: Pai Gow Poker is a card game based on poker where you and the dealer get seven cards and have to split them into five and two cards, each of them containing a better hand than the dealer's in order to win (your five card hand has to be better than your two card hand).

Odds: In Pai Gow Poker usually each player gets the chance to be the banker. Actually only a Pai Gow Poker game where the casino alternates the turn of the banker is good because in the event of an exact match between hands, called a copy, the tie goes to the banker. It would set the house edge to 1.46%. (The probability that the two-card hands ("front hands") will copy is 2.55% and the probability that the five-card back hands ("back hands") will copy is 0.32%.) When it is your turn to be the banker the house has only an 0.08% edge over you. Because both the turn of the banker and the 0.08% edge alternate you end up with the aforesaid 1.46% house edge. At Grand Palace Casino the dealer is always the banker though which sets the basic house edge at 2.85%. Almost every online casino lets only the dealer be banker. So does Grand Palace Casino.

Set: Usually a progressive jackpot is paid out at land-based casinos if any 5 cards of the 7 cards you are dealt make up a royal flush. Grand Palace Casino does not offer such a jackpot.
You are paid even money on all winning hands less a 5% commission (some casinos take a 2% commission only). The stakes (betting limits) are set to $5-$100.

Summary: Find an online casino that offers you the option of being banker.



 Red Dog
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Red Dog Review

Game: Red Dog is a simple game where two cards are chosen by the house. You may raise your bet if you think a third card will fit in between the first two. You are given certain payouts for certain spreads. The spread is the number of ranks between two given cards. For example, the spread between a five and an eight is two. The maximum spread is eleven.

Odds: In Red Dog the greater the number of decks the better the odds for the player. This is because of the greater probability of drawing a fitting card or a three of a kind, which pays 11:1. Since Grand Palace Casino uses one deck only - as most online casinos so, the house edge is 3.16% which makes Grand Palace Casino one of the worst places to play Red Dog at. There are online casinos offering red dog played with eight decks, cutting the house edge down to 2.75%.

Set: The default table limits are set to $1-$50.

Summary: This is a very bad red dog game with very bad stakes (table limits).



 Roulette (American)
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American Roulette Review

Game: A wheel with pockets numbered 0 to 36 is spun in one direction. A ball is spun around the wheel and as the ball slows, it drops into one of the pockets of the wheel. You bet on which pocket the ball will drop into.

Odds: This is an 'American' double-zero roulette (with two zeros on the wheel) which sets the basic house edge to 5.26%. Actually this house edge is too high to play here. No additional rules to decease this huge house edge are offered. For example the 'la partage' rule (also called the 'en prison rule' or 'Hamburg variation of the European half back rule'): if the zero comes up you lose only half your bet when betting on the 'outside' bets (the 'outside' bets are the bets that pay even money: high/low, red/black, odd/even). By losing only half your bet, the house edge on these ('outside') bets is cut down to 2.63% which is slightly better than the basic 2.7% house edge at an European Roulette table. Again, Grand Palace Casino does not offer such a rule.

Consider that inside bets offer far better payouts than outside bets, so bet the middle 12 once in a while. Generally the best idea is to bet on the streak that is running at the moment (e.g. if the last number was red, bet red). Avoid the five-number bet.

Set: Stakes (betting limits) are $1-$100 which is sparse.

Summary: Being a standard American roulette version this even is one of the worst games any casino has to offer. The betting limits sparse as well. There are better roulette tables in our Best Roulette List. If you would like to bet big, go to Global-Player Casino. You can bet up to $6,000 on a spin there.



 Slots
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Slots Review

Game: Slots are machines with three to five wheels with symbols on them, spinning downwards when you pull a lever at their side or similar and coming to a stop after a few rounds of spinning. If the symbols align you win.

Odds: It is difficult to calculate the payout probabilities of slot machines without knowing how many times a certain symbol appears on each real. You could sit in front of the slot machine, pull the lever 1,000,000 times and write the results down or rely on the information that Grand Palace Casino gives you. They don't give any information about their payouts.

Set: Grand Palace Casino offers two slot machines, a single-line slot machine which takes 1 to 3 coins and a single-line slot machine which takes 1 to 4 coins. They both offer a progressive jackpot in all denominations. The usual denominations are $.05, $.25, $1, $5.

Summary: Only little slot machines are offered at Grand Palace Casino. Denominations to play are good. You'll find the best slot machines in our Best Slots List.



 Video Poker
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Video Poker Review

Game: In Video Poker you receive five cards and decide which ones to change (only once) in order to make a good poker hand. As better your hand as better the payout gets.

Odds: Grand Palace Casino features a set of four different Video Poker machines, almost all of them offering a very bad payout.

Set: Their Jacks or Better machine is a 6/5 with a 5000-coin Royal. The "King of the Decks" game is what's known as "Five-Deck Frenzy" in the real world, except they have left out an entire class of payouts on the game! Five-Deck Frenzy is played with 5 decks, so each display card in the game has its own deck. As a consequence, it's possible to get 5-of-a-kind which is suited; it's also possible to get a suited full-house, 4K, trips, etc. On the 'real' game, those pay a bonus, but here they don't, so the result is the payout you see. Some casinos offer a progressive jackpot on the $1 and $5 game which requires 5 Kings of Clubs to collect. The coin denominations you wish to play are 25c, 50c, $1, $2, or $5.

Summary: Overall, Grand Palace Casino offers a bad choice of video poker machines.

Video Poker Payoffs
 

Game type Max.Coins Min.Coins
Jacks or Better 95.5% 93.8%
Deuces Wild 94.3% 94.3%
Joker (2-pair) 92.0% 90.9%
King of the Decks 90.2% 89.5%


 War
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War Review

Game: Sometimes called "Battle Royale" or "Royal Rumble" war is a card game where each player and the dealer get one card. If your card is of a higher rank you win.

Odds: Again, if your card is of a higher rank you win. If the dealer's card is higher you lose. If it is a tie (same rank) you can surrender and lose your bet (you lose only half the bet when playing in land-based casinos) or go to war: you double your bet and play another game. If your second set of cards beats the dealer you win even money on the total wager (in land-based casinos you win even money on the raise only and get back your original wager). If the dealer's second card is greater you lose both bets. If there is a tie you win 3:1 (in other words an initial wager of $5 can lead to a $30 win) which is excellent since many online casinos offer you a simple 1:1 payout on ties after going to war. You can bet on a tie from the start as well, which pays 10:1 if the first two cards tie. The house edge on the tie bet is 18.65% though. The basic house edge depends on the number of decks used and lies between 2.42% (1 deck) and 2.9% (8 decks). Grand Palace Casino uses only 1 deck which is very good since it sets the basic house edge at 2.42% (most land-based casinos use 6 decks offering a house edge of 2.88%). Because Grand Palace Casino offers you a 3:1 payout on ties after going to war and using only 1 deck the overall house edge is 0.66% which makes it the best War game compared to both land based and online casinos.

You should always go to war to keep the house edge as low as possible.

Set: Stakes (betting limits) are $5-$100.

Summary: War is one of the best games in a casino anyway. That's why it isn't offered by many casinos. And the war game at Grand Palace Casino is truly great (1 deck & 3:1 payout on ties after going to war).