The Daily Derby is a Unique Lotto Game From the California Lottery With Good Odds of Winning

Usually, when you think of lottery games, you think of numbered balls being drawn at random. That is the case with the majority of games, but some lotteries try to be different. California Lottery is one such example. They have a lotto game that is totally unique and it is called Daily Derby.

Daily Derby is a mock horse racing game. To play the game, you pick which horses in a mock race will finish first, second, and third. As well, you pick the winning time for the horse that comes in first. The winning time could be anywhere between 1 minute, forty seconds to 1 minute, 49.99 seconds. Of course, no actual race takes place. Instead, California Lottery will randomly choose the results. You win the grand prize if you correctly choose the trifecta (pick the winning positions of the three horses) and correctly choose the winning time of the horse that places first. The grand prize could be anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The odds of winning the grand prize are 1-in-1.32-million. Those are pretty good odds for winning a lottery jackpot!

Daily Derby also offers lower tiered prizes. You can win prizes for correctly choosing the trifecta (minus the winning time), correctly picking the first two positions, correctly picking just the first position, and correctly picking just the winning time.

What I love most about this game is the fact that it is different and unique. It is based on a form of popular entertainment, horse racing, and turned into a lotto game. It is truly an innovative product from California Lottery.

So if you live in the state of California, be sure to try the unique Daily Derby lotto game. It costs $2 to play and the odds of winning are pretty good. You could also win some great prizes.

The Good, the Bad, and the Not So Ugly Casino Bets

When walking through a casino, you may scratch your head and contemplate, “which game should I play? Maybe the slot machines?” There’s thousands of them enticing you take little spin. “Perhaps a little blackjack?” This game is not your Father’s blackjack any more. It has since evolved into many variants. Considering craps? Those tempting props bets can deplete your bankroll quickly.

Here are some of the best, worst, and not so ugly bets of casino games:

Machines

· The Good – Video Poker.

Learn basic strategy on the Jacks or Better, Bonus and Double Bonus games offering a 5 coin maximum bet. Always check the machine pay tables for one that pays at least 9/1 for a full house, and 6/1 for a flush. These games have over a 98% return and your money may last longer. Do not play those with pay tables less than 9/6.

· The Bad – Penny Slots

Very popular with exciting themes, colorful graphics, and attractive bonus features. However, the return is in the 80% range. Casinos have to hold more because they make less money on them. The hit frequency is about one in three spins but many so called win returns are less than your original wager.

· The Not So Ugly – Traditional 3 Reel Slots

If you positively must play the slots, try the non-progressive 25 cents, 50 cents, or 1 dollar machines that accept a two or three coin maximum wager. (While they’re still around). Returns average about 95%, and when you score a hit, your smallest win will be at least the amount of your original wager.

Tables

· The Good – Traditional Blackjack

Stay with the tables that pay 3/2 for a blackjack, deal from shoes and offer liberal rules such as allowing re-splits, soft doubling, double after split and late surrender. Learn basic strategy first. Avoid the optional side bets.

· The Bad – 6/5 Blackjack

Many casinos have reduced their BJ payout from 3/2 to 6/5. A player can expect three to four BJ’s per hour. Receiving $12 instead of $15 at a $10 table will deplete your bankroll quicker. Another bad bet is playing at a table with a continuous shuffle machine. The hands played per hour jump from about 60 to 80.

· The Not So Ugly – Blackjack Switch

This game is catching on fast. You play two hands at once and are allowed the option of switching the top cards to create better hands. Blackjack only pays even money but the game has some advantages for the player. After the switch is made, basic Blackjack rules apply. You can split, double, etc.

· The Good – Craps: pass line with odds.

There is a reason why this bet is the most popular at the table. When you make an odds wager behind the pass line after a shooter’s point number is established, you will be paid in true odds if the point is made before a seven is rolled. For example, the true odds on numbers four and ten are 2/1. A $10 odds bet would pay $20.

· The Bad – Craps: one roll proposition bets

You have one chance to wager that a certain number will emerge on the next roll. For example, a bet on the two or twelve will pay 30/1 if it hits. Truth is you only have a 1 in 36 chance of winning.

· The Not So Ugly – Craps: wrong betting

A wrong or don’t bettor is a player that bets against the shooter. When a wager is made on the don’t pass bar, the player is hoping that the shooter will roll a seven before the point number. This is called a seven out; all bets lose to the house except the wrong bettor(s). Don’t bettors also have an odds bet option, but they have to lay odds instead of taking them. For example, an odds bet against a point four or ten would cost $20 to win $10.

These are just a few of many. If you do your homework Lady Luck may turn out to be a great date!