The Greatest Cards Show is a live dealer entertainment game by Playtech presented in a tented environment, similar to the travelling fairs you might have visited as a kid.
The central part of the game is a 54-segment big wheel, which rather uniquely is mounted horizontally like a roulette wheel. Fifty-two of the segments are filled with the contents of a deck of playing cards, while the remaining two segments hold the Jokers.
The minimum payout is 40x for correctly choosing the segment where the wheel stops. The 2 Joker segments lead into one of three RNG bonus rounds, while qualifying for the Silver and Gold Bonus rounds requires a winning bet on a randomly selected card.
The maximum multiplier is 5000x, while multiple Joker Segments can boost multipliers by up to 8 times.
In this review, I’ll explain how to play and demonstrate some playing strategies that should help you win more than you lose.
Jump to the quick facts, as this will give you the basics of the game without having to read loads of information.
Tip – My video review shows all the bonus rounds in one easy hit!
The game is started by you placing your bets on the betting grid.
You can place bets in several ways.
When betting time has closed, a curtain opens, revealing between three to twelve randomly picked dancing playing cards bordered in Silver or Gold.
The silver-bordered cards are for the Spotlight Bonus Round, while the gold-bordered cards are for the Lightshow Bonus round.
The dealer spins the wheel, starting from the last winning number position, In the opposite direction from the previous spin.
One of four outcomes can result from the spin of the wheel.
Note: To enter any bonus round, you must have an active bet on the winning number.
The Spotlight bonus game is triggered when a silver-bordered card is selected on the spin of the big wheel.
All players with an active bet on the card enter the bonus round.
This Bonus round can pay anywhere between 50x and 2000x.
You have no role to play in this bonus game; you watch and wait for the outcome.
Three spotlights appear in the centre of the screen, each with a randomly selected multiplier assigned to them.
The winning card appears on the screen, and he walks towards one of the spotlights.
Wherever the card stops is the multiplier win for the bonus round, all qualifying players receive this amount as their payout.
The Light Show Bonus Game is triggered when the big wheel spin chooses a gold-bordered card.
The bonus round can pay between 50x and 5000x.
This bonus round requires the player to choose one of three coloured lightbulbs – Green, Yellow or Blue.
When the bonus game is triggered, a grid containing 20 lights is displayed, each with a random multiplier.
The layout remains the same for each colour. A light beam bounces around the grid, settling on a multiplier spot. The multiplier becomes the payout for the first coloured lightbulb. The process repeats for the other two colours.
The Joker spot on the wheel performs two functions.
The Jokers Bonus is the longest of the Bonus games, so prepare for a bit of a wait.
The game is a duel between the four card suits, with three multiplier prizes up for grabs – first, second and third.
At the start of the Joker bonus game, multipliers values get applied to each of the winning positions.
You choose which card to back. There are three Dueling rounds, where the cards fight out to see who will be the ultimate winner.
Two cards get picked to duel, and they perform some juggling- the card that drops the ball is the loser.
The following two cards repeat this process until two cards are declared the winners. These cards fight it out in the final duel round.
The card that produces a rabbit from the hat is declared the winner, getting first prize.
The second card is the runner-up and gets a second prize, while the remaining two cards are third.
Players receive the multiplier value for the card they chose at the game’s start.
Let’s start with some basic information about the game.
There are 54 segments on the wheel, so there is a 54:1 chance of you guessing the winning card correctly.
The base payout is 40:1 for a card on the wheel. You can already see the house has a massive house edge on the base game of 26% – which feeds into the bonus games.
As strategies go, you want to cover as much of the wheel as possible to give yourself a chance of winning regularly and hopefully hitting the bonus rounds when they happen.
You don’t want to be betting a total bet more than will be paid by a 40x win of your stake on a number.
Don’t cover all numbers – the bonus rounds do not come in as often as you hope – you’ll lose your bankroll quickly.
Section betting is the ideal way to bet on the game, taking advantage of the wheel’s layout.
Select sections of the wheel and ensure you cover every number and suit in that section.
The statistics and results tracker for the Greatest Cards Show is a bit disappointing.
The last 45 results get displayed in the playing interface. You see the card value and which of the game rounds resulted in a bonus round.
It would be nice to see the following:
Unfortunately, these are unavailable, and as far as I know, there are no trackers online to give this information.
The Greatest Cards Show is different from other entertainment games because it is the first to use a horizontally mounted wheel.
It is also the first to move away from having numbers on the wheel, using the contents of a card pack instead.
The bonus rounds are probably the weakest part of the game and can’t compete with the bonus rounds developed by Pragmatic Play and Evolution.
The RTP is 96.67%, which aligns with the other entertainment game shows, so there is nothing to be gained by moving between them.
Is the Greatest Cards Show entertaining? I’d say to a point, but there are better games if you want more emotional swings.
The Greatest Cards Show is an entertainment game of two halves for me.
The main game is excellent. I love the different aspects the wheel has – horizontal rather than vertical.
And I love how the cards get distributed around the wheel, which lends itself to section betting – which is how I like to play Roulette.
The studio and presentation are excellent.
But I feel the bonus rounds let the game down. While they deliver the multipliers, none of the bonus games is fun to play. The Jokers Game, a duel between the card suits, takes way too long and doesn’t build anticipation as other games do.
In truth, I was left a bit flat by all the bonus rounds – ideally, you want something to make you get emotional, and these didn’t.
As for improvements – the statistics could be better and an option to place bets in sections – a racetrack would undoubtedly help the betting process.
I think this will be a popular game, especially for Roulette players, who will find some common themes with the traditional devil’s wheel.
The Greatest Cards SHow is a live dealer entertainment game show by Playtech. It features a big horizontal wheel and three rng bonus rounds, delivering a maximum possible multiplier win of 5000x.
The RTP is 96.67%.
Yes, there is a strategy for playing. Read my strategy guide to see the best way to bet for a better chance of winning.
The maximum multiplier you can win is 5000. The base payout is 40x for getting a winning card on the wheel. The big multipliers get awarded in the Bonus rounds, with the Light Show delivering the most significant wins.