Philadelphia-based gaming supplier KGM has received final approval from the Delaware Lottery to place its first casino table games in the state’s racinos. Through a partnership with Score Gaming, KGM introduced Golden 21 in August at the Casino at Delaware Park, followed with the placement of the game at Harrington Raceway a week later.
Golden 21 is a blackjack side-bet game. Unlike other blackjack variations on the market, Golden 21 is both easy to follow and fun to play. The side bet is a simple two-card poker hand based on the first two cards a player receives during normal blackjack play. The straightforward nature of the game allows casino operators to keep the game pace moving without delays.
“We are very excited to partner with the innovative game developers at Score Gaming,” said Jason Cohen, executive vice president of sales at KGM. “Their games, including Golden 21, are proving to be big earners for casinos in California, Colorado, Arizona and Las Vegas. We are happy to enable them to enter the Delaware gaming market through this partnership.”
Among further advantages of Golden 21: Because a side-bet game needs to give players a return on their investment to be successful, Golden 21 provides a 26 percent hit rate, as compared to other side-bet games that only return 8 percent to 12 percent. A side-bet game must also deliver volume for the house, and Cohen reports that Golden 21 is getting a participation rate of 70 percent, compared to the average 30 percent participation rate for other side-bet games.