Dead or Alive Saloon by Evolution Review
- RTP: 97.02%
- Maximum win: 10,000x
- Time per round: 60 seconds
- Betting range: ₹10 – ₹50,000
- Release date: November 2022
The Game in Short
The goal of Dead or Alive Saloon is to guess which playing card will be drawn each game round. You can bet on one or multiple cards represented by every card in an Anglo-American deck.
There are also bonus cards that can be drawn by the game host; a total of 52. These bonus cards include:
- Multiplier cards
- Bounty cards
- Double cards
Multiplier cards are represented by a multiplier of 20x, 30x, 50x and 100x. Each of these cards will increase the amount you win by its own value if they are followed by a correct guess.
Bounty cards will launch a bonus game where you pick one of three bandits to reveal a win multiplier. Like multiplier cards, this will increase the amount you could potentially win.
Double cards will double the current win potential. For instance, if a 30x multiplier card was drawn, followed by a bounty card that revealed a 50x multiplier, the current win potential would be 80x. The double card would now double this to 160x.
Payouts and RTP
The payout in Dead or Alive Saloon is 20x the amount you bet.
However, this is assuming no bonus cards are drawn as each bonus card will increase the payout.
The maximum win in Dead or Alive Saloon would be around 10,000x. This win would happen if all multiplier cards and bounty cards are drawn, followed by three double cards.
Of course, such an event is very unlikely to occur. A more likely max win of the game would be somewhere around 500x – 1,000x as this would only require a few bonus cards in order to happen.
The RTP in Dead or Alive Saloon is 97.02% which is high. Only a few live dealer games have a higher RTP than this. On average, you would get ₹97 back for every ₹100 staked.
Like every new product from Evolution Gaming, Dead or Alive Saloon is a top-quality game. It looks stunning and has the potential to pay a lot while enabling both low and high-risk strategies. Its gameplay is also not like anything we’ve seen from Evolution before, which makes the game a breath of fresh air.
My biggest problem with Dead or Alive Saloon is its slow pace. A full game round takes about 60 seconds. However, the actual excitement of a round is over in just a few as a winning card is picked quickly. The rest of the time is spent waiting for cards to be shuffled. The game host is also not very energetic.
I much prefer the action-packed atmosphere in money wheels such as Crazy Time, but I guess it’s all about preference. If you like to relax and don’t mind waiting much, it may be better suited for you.
You must know though that Dead or Alive Saloon is high volatile in its nature which makes it a bit risky. It relies heavily on bonus cards being pulled. If they aren’t, a win only pays 20 times the amount you bet. This is very little as to have a fair chance of winning a game round you must bet on multiple positions.
For instance, if you bet on all hearts and all spades, you would have a 50% chance of winning. However, if no bonus card is pulled, you would still lose money even if you win.
The strategies you can use in Dead or Alive Saloon are low or high volatility ones. While the game is high volatile in its nature, the strategy you apply will still affect the risk you take.
Low volatile / low-risk strategy
To apply the low-risk strategy in Dead or Alive Saloon you must place a bet on 20 different cards. This means that you have a 38% chance of winning a game round. If no bonus card is pulled, you would get your stake back while every won round with a bonus card would result in a profit.
The positive of this strategy is that you have a high chance of winning big whenever multiple bonus cards are pulled. However, if you’re unlucky and experience many rounds in a row with no bonus cards at all, you would lose a lot of bets quickly. You need to account for this and not bet too much on each card.
High volatile / high-risk strategy
To apply the high-risk strategy in Dead or Alive Saloon you would only bet on a single card or a maximum of five. This means that you have a 2% – 10% chance of winning a game round. This is very low. However, whenever you do win, you would win a lot of money in comparison to your stake.
The positive of this strategy is that you can win a ton of money in a short period of time. The negative, on the other hand, is that you have to be really lucky to do so. If many bonus cards are pulled to form a nice prize pool, you would still only have a 1 in 10 or a 1 in 50 shot of getting that prize.
Personally, I prefer the low-risk strategy. However, at the end of the day, neither strategy would be expected to win you more or less money. Apply the strategy that makes the most sense to you and remember to never gamble online for more money than you can afford to lose.