Stravaganza is a card game, played with 5 decks. The object of the game is to have a point total higher than the dealer. Card values are similar to Blackjack: number cards count at face value, picture cards are worth 10 points, and the Ace is worth 1 point. However, unlike Blackjack, you cannot bust. The more points you have, the better.
To play the game:
Click on chips to increase your bet. Every click on a chip increases your bet by the chip value, and every right-click decreases the bet. Your bet will appear on the table, in the area marked PLAY.
Click the Deal button. You will be dealt two cards face up, and the dealer will be dealt three cards face down.
Depending on your point total, you have the following options:
Money back - get your full bet back, and end the round. You can do this if your point total is 5 or less.
Rescue bet - get half of your bet back, and end the round. You can do this if your point total is between 6 and 9.
Sit - keep playing with two cards and your original bet. You can do this if your point total is 10 or more.
Play on - place a second bet (same size as the first), get a third card, and keep playing. You can always do this.
The dealer reveals his hand.
If the dealer`s point total is higher than yours, you lose both bets.
If your point total is higher than the dealer`s, you win 1:1 on both bets.
If the dealer`s hand includes a red ace, you lose your first bet. If you`ve placed a second bet, you get that back. The point totals are irrelevant.
Please note that you will need an additional bet to Play On. If your balance does not have enough money to place this bet, the button will be disabled.
If you want to play another round, press New Game. Then place a bet as described above and click the Deal button, or click Rebet to place the same bet as in the previous round.
It is possible to get a bonus win on your three-card hand. Please note that bonus wins pay only on your first bet, although you have to Play On and place the second bet to get a third card!
If your hand makes up Three of a Kind (three cards of the same rank), you get a payout of 3:1.
If your hand contains three face cards (of any rank), you get a payout of 1.5:1.
Progressive Jackpot Side Bet:
In this game, you have the option of making an additional bet to try and win a jackpot. Click on the coin slit above the bet areas to place the side bet. The blinking light above the slit will turn green. The cost of the side bet is $1 (or equivalent in your currency), out of which a certain percentage goes to the progressive jackpot pool. If you get a winning card combination as described in the Progressive paytable, you get an additional payout. The highest progressive payout is the progressive jackpot and is won upon receiving 3 Kings of Hearts. Progressive wins are awarded at the end of the game round.
The Progressive paytable is displayed when you click on Show Paytable on the left side of the screen, just under the ticker that shows the current size of the jackpot.
One of the possible wins in this game is the progressive Jackpot. A small percentage of each bet, by every person playing this game in each of many online casinos, is added to a common pot. When a player gets the right result, that player wins the entire Jackpot (in some games you can also win part of it).
After a Jackpot has been won, a new pot is started, with the casinos contributing a base amount of money (called a seed). This ensures that even if you get a Jackpot result in a game right after someone else has won the Jackpot, you will still get a large win.
Each game has its own Jackpot, built up by all the casinos that offer the game.
Please note: In some games you have to make a specific bet to be eligible for the Jackpot.
If you get disconnected in the middle of a game round, your game does not change the value of the Jackpot. The state of the game up to that point is remembered by the casino; the next time you log in you can finish your game round with the same odds and without placing a new bet.
If a Jackpot is being discontinued (a game is closed and removed from the casino client), you will be notified of it by the casino.