The 5 Affiliate Niches of the Future

The saturation of the most popular niches for affiliate marketers has become a real problem in the last few years. It is now more difficult than ever to penetrate the most common markets, because those at the top of the search engine rankings have spent a huge amount of money and hours cultivating that position. As a result affiliates are being forced to think outside the box in order to find new niches which can offer them profit potential. In some cases affiliates are delving more and more narrowly into niches and having success – however even with this method it isn’t easy to discover those untapped markets because most have already been filled. Therefore, one of the best options open to affiliates is to move into the very latest niches. Staying ahead of the competition in this way can bring fantastic short term returns, and you can also cement a place at the top of the search engine in anticipation of further growth.

This article gives you some ideas for the niches with the biggest potential moving forward – remember I am an affiliate marketing expert though so I may be slightly biased towards my particular expertise. However I do believe the general characteristics of the products included below are applicable across most niches, and furthermore represent a good basis to begin your own research. There really is a lot of money to be made, you just need to capitalise on the best new niches before the chance passes you by. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Social Networking and Bookmarking

This is the first niche area I’d recommend moving into and is very specific to my own sphere of knowledge. Affiliate marketing targeted products now represent the largest share of the whole affiliate industry (encompassing get rich quick schemes, niche guides, training schemes etc.)- as a result any change that can offer affiliates a new way to make money means big business. The biggest recent change is the invention of social networking and bookmarking, and many affiliates still haven’t got to grips with the new opportunities. If you can promote these products and highlight the value of social networking then there’s a lot of people willing to learn – I have said before that affiliates, driven by money, are far more susceptible to buying money making products and social networking is no exception.

  • Personalised Products

This is a niche that spans across a great range of businesses, the general concept is the same though and the industry is only growing in popularity. For instance people are looking for a more personalised online experience nowadays and this is also spreading into the real world. People are buying their own T-shirts for hen nights, holidays and any other group occasion – if you can refer people to these websites they will give a generous commission. Other products that are in huge demand are things like personalised baby clothes and products, personalised golf balls and even jigsaws, free magnets and birthday cards. It isn’t easy to find high paying affiliate programmes in this niche, but you can use this to your advantage because it has meant the industry is less competitive.

  • Online Dating

Online dating has been a busy niche for many years now, but the affiliate market is only just taking off. With busy modern lifestyles, and the invention of social networking, the market is also changing rapidly and the affiliate schemes becoming more powerful in response. The top schemes pay good commissions and signups can push themselves – there are a lot of people interested and the best way to succeed is to tap into the specific niche of local area. Don’t be too general – find people their perfect partner right on their doorstep and you can convert excellently.

  • Gambling

The gambling industry in the UK and Australia is booming -in contrast the US laws against internet gambling makes things more difficult there but you shouldn’t be restricted by geography.

The real advantage with gambling affiliate programs though is the recurring commissions you can build up very quickly – for instance, with each sign up you will typically earn between 20 and 30 per cent commission on total revenue. If you can get 100 people to sign up, and they are spending $100 each per month, you have already hit the $2000 mark. This recurring income can run on autopilot for you but the more work you put in at the beginning, the better your results will be. As I say gambling online is becoming increasingly popular and so more affiliates are moving in – I’d recommend steering clear of casino guides and narrowing down to focus on specific sporting or poker events. Remember your sign-ups can keep making you a massive amount of money even after the event itself is over.

  • Pay Day Loans

This is a slightly more ethically questionable niche but pay day loans does offer a fantastic opportunity for affiliates. You can earn repeating commissions on the profits on loans and some very reputable companies offer top affiliate programs- these companies are also seeing huge growth so your sales are liable to increase with them in the next few years. The real beauty though is that the market is not yet saturated, and that you can benefit from the extensive TV and media advertising which is preselling to the market.

Obviously all the products I have discussed are only some basic ideas for you to take away with you. You should try to take away an idea of those characteristics which define these products as ones to look out for, and use these as a guide for your own research. I haven’t been able to go very narrow and mention specific programs however this is really where your research comes in – spend a bit of time delving into the latest niches and there are profitable niches out there to make you rich.

The Binion Silver Hoard

Lonnie Theodore Binion (known as Ted Binion) was that rarest of birds: Native Son of Las Vegas. Brought up amidst prominent privilege as the son of infamous Benny Binion, the owner of the downtown Horseshoe Casino and founder of the World Tournament of Poker, Ted Binion appeared to have it all. He, along with his brothers and sisters, were on intimate terms with the internal workings of the legendary Las Vegas landmark, taking over for Bennie upon reaching adulthood. On the surface, the Binions not only had the American Dream, with ownership of casinos, a huge ranch in Montana, and money, money, money coming into their coffers on a daily basis, they lived a life most of us cannot even imagine. Sounds good, doesn’t it? They had a large family, received the best education, lived in luxury, had all that money could buy.

As in so many cases, what’s wrong with this picture? So many times we hear of the sons and daughters of wealthy, prominent parents going off the deep end, losing their lives in ruination. Ted Binion was one of these unfortunate sons, who in spite of having the best money could buy, couldn’t buy himself a life worth living. He had the best, but fell victim to all the worst “Sin City” has to offer, ending in his demise – drug-addicted, barred from the only life he really knew (casino life), his live-in lover and his best friend accused of his murder. This is a story of excess: think money, think the best food, all you can eat, think drinks, all you can drink, think up all night, partying, topless bars, drugs to keep it going, no limits on what you can have, no boundaries on what you might spend, the best houses, the best cars, clothes, jewelry, whatever! No limits. This was Ted Binion’s life. Every man’s dream, so it seems. But, alas, it wasn’t the answer. Conversely, Ted Binion was also known as a caring, helpful person, who would put himself out to his friends and neighbors – a man at the mercy of opposing forces.

In his days managing the Horseshoe, Binion saw a constant flow of money that led him to develop an appreciation and eye for quality silver. He began to collect, becoming fascinated with the artistry and variety of coinage that numismatists are prone to. He not only began to collect, but being a man of excessive tastes, he began to hoard. He found and stashed every kind of silver coin he could get his hands on, eventually filling a vault beneath the gambling hall he called home with 46,000 pounds of mint silver coins.

This is a story, not only of Ted’s tragic life, but of the silver he loved and its journey from the vault under the Horseshoe to its newly-constructed home under the Nevada desert, to you, the reader of this story, and how it all ties in. In our society, precious metal in and of itself has value. But we, beings who love a story almost beyond where we should, are endlessly fascinated with the story behind things, the story behind celebrities, historical figures, great works of art, greatness on any level. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be greatness, as long as the telling of the story is great.

We are a people who love the backstory, especially if it concerns someplace we’re familiar with, and how many of us have frequented the Temples to Money that is Las Vegas? We (although we’re warned not to), love to worship at the Golden Calf, and hope it’s also being served on the buffet table. Hey, it’s what our economic system is all about. Our system may not be perfect and may cause a lot of secondary problems, but for right now, it’s all we’ve got. What’s that old line? The man who dies with the most toys at the end wins the game? If we begin to see things in terms of systems and games, everything looks a little different. It’s all a matter of perspective and perception.

So, this is the story of Ted Binion and the backstory of his Silver Hoard , an amazing collection of silver coinage (described in more detail below) and how you might get your hot little hands on some of it, should it be of interest to you. Silver in any form is expected to greatly rise in value in the next few years, and for those of you who are numistamistically inclined (there’s a mouthful), this may be your chance to acquire pieces far so beyond the ordinary they almost fall into the “worthy of worship” category. I don’t believe there’s any admonition about not worshiping at the Silver Calf. Certainly, we can understand Ted Binion’s desire to acquire and hoard these treasures, even if we can’t quite understand his loyalty to that which brought about his questionable end.

As we alluded to earlier, Ted Binion was quite the party animal. He lived hard and fast and loved the ladies. He was known to frequently frequent a famous Las Vegas establishment of titillation by tit-elevation known as Cheetah’s – a place known for it’s scantily-clad lovely ladies. Therein, he met a surfer-girl named Sandy Murphy. Ms. Murphy had just lost over $10,000.00, her life savings, playing blackjack at Caesar’s Palace. It was initially reported that in order to cover her losses, Ms. Murphy took a job as a topless dancer at Cheetah’s, but Murphy claims that she was working at the club as an independent contractor selling costumes to the dancers who worked there. In any case, it was where she and Binion hooked up.

Sandy Murphy’s profile on the Court TV’s website quotes Ms. Murphy as saying, “I really didn’t know who Ted Binion was or what the Binion family was.” Binion, age 55, apparently fell for the 23-year-old Southern California girl, who had just made her first trip to Las Vegas. It is reported that Binion and Murphy grew quite close, and on March 7, 1995, Binion moved her into his home on Palomino Lane. It was not long before Murphy quickly fell into step with Binion’s rich Las Vegas lifestyle, which seems to have included violence, sex, drugs, physical and verbal abuse. Sandy Murphy claims that she was never after Binion’s money or that she had any knowledge of his reputation on the local scene. It seems a plausible story, if you consider she, a pretty 23-year-old, was most likely thrilled she’d found a 55-year-old who gave her a nice house to live in, along with a lifestyle of abuse and degradation.

Enter Part Two of the end-story of Ted Binion. Early in 1998, Binion met and befriended a struggling contractor by the name of Rick Tabish, whom he had met in the restroom of one of Las Vegas’ high-end restaurants (…an auspicious beginning). Apparently, Tabish was not a very savvy businessman because he continually lost money through weak business dealings, and when he met Binion he was running a sandpit and trucking company on the verge of failure. Binion, however, befriended Tabish and invited him to his home. Both Tabish and Binion came from families with successful fathers, and the Binion family had a very large ranch in Montana, where Tabish also hailed from. These factors may have been the common bond that drew them together.

After some bad business with the Gaming Commission, Binion was barred from running the Horseshoe Casino, and his sister was in line to take over. Ol’ Ted had to find someplace to put all that silver. In the interim, Rick and Sandy had become attracted to each other and began an affair behind Binion’s back. The efforts of his new friend Tabish and his girlfriend Murphy in talking him into liquidating the silver were not well received. Binion felt the price of silver was too low and he wanted to wait for a more advantageous time. So, in a stroke of brilliance, he contracted with Tabish to build him an underground vault on his property in Pahrump. The vault was constructed, and on July 4, 1998, Tabish filled the vault with 46,000 pounds of silver from the basement hiding place of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino. When Tabish had finished and locked up the vault, he asked Binion if he wanted the locks changed and the key back, and Binion declined, stating he trusted his friend.

About two months later, Binion was found dead. On September 17, 1998, paramedics found Ted Binion dead in the den of his Las Vegas home that he had shared with Murphy for about 3 1/2 years. Initially, investigators thought Binion, who struggled with a drug addiction, passed away from a overdose of tar heroin, Xanax and Valium, drugs he had purchased a day

earlier. The 911 telephone call to police to report the death was made by Murphy an estimated four to ten hours later, and she was reported to have cried to the 911 operator that her “husband” was not breathing (Binion and Murphy were not married).

Rather suspiciously, one day after the death of Binion, Murphy is seen on a videotape pointing out which possessions she wants from the estate; accusing the Binion family of

removing items from the house in her absence and pocketing a wine glass that investigators believe may have contained the drug mixture that was forcibly poured down Ted Binion’s throat.

Even more suspiciously, two days after Binion’s death sheriff deputies caught Tabish and two assistants, excavating the last of Binion’s estimated $7 million of silver coins and bars from the underground desert vault at 2:00 a.m. Their report also stated that they found Tabish’s briefcase at the scene containing a safe combination and a handwritten note from Murphy

proclaiming her love for him.

These events, along with private investigations begun by the Binion family,

initiated an additional investigation by police. What was thought to be an

overdose now became a murder probe. The police probe into the death of

Binion led to the arrest of Murphy and Tabish about nine months later, and gave

the prosecutors the following evidence to present at trial:

o Murphy and Tabish began an affair during the summer of 1998.

o Tabish bragged about the affair.

o Both Murphy and Tabish knew about the $7 million of silver; tried to

convince Binion to sell it; and, knew of the underground desert vault.

o The prosecution’s medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, theorized that

Binion was force-fed the drug mixture which disoriented him, and allowed him

to be suffocated.

o Tabish’s involvement was reinforced by his attempt to excavate the

silver.

o Murphy was listed as a beneficiary in Binion’s Will.

o Binion’s estate attorney filed a petition stating that Binion told him over

the telephone, “Get Sandy out of the Will if she doesn’t kill me tonight.

If I’m dead, you’ll know what happened to me.” Binion was dead before the

Will could be changed.

o Tabish needed money because he was cash-strapped.

o Tabish had previous run-ins with the law. He was convicted twice in

Montana, once for burglary and once for conspiracy to possess narcotics.

In addition, he was also charged (along with two associates) in the kidnapping

and torture of business associate Leo Casey in July 1998.

Murphy and Tabish were tried and convicted on May 19, 2000, after an eight

day deliberation by the jury. Tabish was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and Murphy received a minimum 22 years. In July 2003, in a 4 to 3 decision the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Murphy and Tabish because of improper courtroom procedures. This led to a retrial, and in November of 2004 a seven-man, five-woman jury returned a verdict after 19 hours of deliberations. Murphy and Tabish were acquitted of the most serious charge against them, the murder verdict. The Las Vegas jury cited a lack of medical evidence for their decision. Through a provision in Binion’s Will, Murphy may be able to claim $1.2 million pending the outcome of a wrongful-death suit brought against her by the Binion family.

Where are they now? Both were each acquitted of murder but were convicted on lesser charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and grand larceny. Murphy was not returned to prison, because of time served. Tabish is expected to be released in 2008.

Note: A prosecution death theory, which the jury ultimately rejected, formed the basis for “Burked,” a September 27, 2001 episode of the TV series CSI. After the jury in the re-trial found Tabish and Murphy not guilty of murder, news accounts reported that jurors had been unwilling to find them guilty because the forensic evidence introduced by the prosecution had not met the standards of the television show.

So, what happened to all of Ted Binion’s silver? In November 2001, Spectrum Numismatic International purchased the coins from the Binion Hoard for $3 million, and the marketing of the coins was assigned to Goldline International, Inc. There were over 100,000 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars, and an unspecified number of silver Half Dollars. The coins were authenticated and graded by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation). A special tag and designation was created by NGC to make these coins stand out as coins with a pedigree. In addition to the special tagging, the silver dollars were marked with the words Binion Collection and the half

dollars were marked with the words Nevada Silver Collection. The coins were sold in a variety of grades up to and including MS-68, and there was a wide array of price points originally starting at $50.00.

The story and court trial over Ted Binion’s death has kept America buzzing,

and the coins from the Binion Hoard have given Coin Collectors a piece of modern day history that will live long in the annals of numismatics. The complete story is far from over, but once the last chapter is written, these pedigreed coins will have a story like no other.

The Binion coins were authenticated and certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), one of the nation’s leading independent facilities for the inspection, authentication and grading of collector and investor coins. At the completion of their process, NGC sealed each silver dollar into a tamperproof plastic holder showing the coin’s year and mint of issue, plus the coin’s grade. A coin’s grade is important because it is the primary determinant of the coin’s market value.

Mark Salzberg, President of NGC, said, “This is the greatest collection of silver dollars that NGC has ever authenticated.”

NGC has also included a unique certification sealed into each protective holder for the historic coins. Each Binion silver dollar features a special NGC pedigree label that for the first time is in a color (green) and depicts three cowboys from the Old West. Each label also reads, Binion Collection and BinionCollection.com to further identify the pedigree and to offer collectors a website with additional information about the collection. “These coins are dripping with amazing originality and historical importance,” said Salzberg. He added, “Less than one out of every 1,000 coins NGC grades has a pedigree. Pedigrees add to the collectibility of a coin because they identify it from a historical perspective.”

“The coins of the Binion Collection offer an opportunity for both novices and sophisticated collectors to acquire coins for their collections,” said Mark Albarian, President and CEO of Goldline. “The price range is affordable–many coins are available for less than $50 with the most expensive over $10,000.”

Author’s Note: Being the final chapter of this story has yet to be unfolded, we, have reported this story as accurately as space & time will allow. There was no intent to show bias, or to liable or slander any of the parties involved. Sources for this research includes:

Online Sports Betting

Betting on the results of sporting events has always been a popular hobby. Now with the Internetand online betting facilities, placing a bet has become easier than ever before.

A wager can be placed in the usual manner like with a bookmaker or through the bet exchange, a new innovation on the Internet. Through this, individuals can place bets against each other with the “house” taking a small commission.

Usually, betting online means that you will be betting against a point spread. The purpose of the point spread is to even out the betting so that the amount bet on the underdog is equal to the amount bet on the favorite. This guarantees a 10% profit for the house on half the bets made, no matter which team wins. When a betting line mirrors the public view of the two competing teams, it usually does well.

To bet online successfully you should be able to spot trends. While this may not guarantee a win, it is a valuable indication of a game’s outcome. Remember not to bet on a team just because you like the team. Choose teams for the right reasons, not just because you are optimistic about your favorite team.

Ideally, you should not bet on your home team, as it is difficult to be objective. When you bet, do it with conviction and limit the number of games you play, as you need to concentrate. Don?t ever overstretch yourself. By limiting your weekly plays to somewhere between 5 and 7 games you will be able pick more accurately as well as keep track of your records.

Before betting you must evaluate teams regularly. Just because you were lucky enough to win last week does not mean you?ll win again next week. Gather as much statistical information as possible; it is usually available in newspapers. Always rely on your research and don?t follow emotion or hunches. Your emotions are not as reliable as what’s written in black and white!

Mini-Baccarat Side Bets Are Tempting, But It’s a Bad Bet For Players

Mini-Baccarat was developed as a floor table game in casinos to accommodate the average player. Along with that however, optional side bets were also introduced to increase the house edge. Before I detail them, I’ll explain how the game is played is played.

Objective

The objective of this table game is the same as original Baccarat where player must come as close to the number nine as possible. Aces count as one, two’s through nines are face value, and Tens through Kings count as zero. Regardless of the number of players, the dealer only deals two hands from a 6 or 8 deck shoe. Prior to the deal, players must place one bet on either the Bank hand, player hand, or tie.

When a hand is totaled, it cannot exceed nine. If the two cards total more than nine, the first digit (number one) is dropped. The second digit becomes the total. A few examples are:

7, 8 = 15 (drop 1) total = 5

4, 3 = 7 (two cards, face value)

10, 6 = 6 (10 is zero, 6 is face value)

K, 9 = 9 (King is zero, 9 is called a natural)

Baccarat requires no skill on the part of the player. All s/he needs to do is decide where to place one bet before the deal. The dealer examines both hands and then decides if a third and final card should be drawn for either hand. The determination is made according to a fixed set of game rules.

A bet on the player’s hand returns even money if won. A bet on the Banker’s hand returns even money minus a 5% commission to the house if won. A tie bet returns 8 to 1 if won, otherwise it is a push when not bet. The reason for the 5% commission on the Bank’s win is that the drawing advantage is with the Bank, according the following game rules:

Player

The player position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2,3,4,5 unless the Banker has a natural 8 or 9. The player always stands on 6, 7, 8, and 9. When a player has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Banker

The Banker position always draws on a 0, 1, 2 unless the player has a natural 8 or 9.

The Banker always stands on 7, 8, and 9. When a Banker has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Baccarat Side Bets

There are a number of optional side bets available at Mini Baccarat tables everywhere and like any side wager, all of them exist to increase the house edge. Nevertheless, Players are attracted to them because of the hefty winning payouts. Here are some of the popular ones:

Dragon Bonus

The bettor may wager on the Player or Banker side that the hand will win by a natural or by 4 or more points. The bet must be made before the hand is dealt. The greater the number that the hand wins by, the greater the payout:

Win By: Payout

9 – 30/1

8 – 10/1

7 – 6/1

6 – 4/1

5 – 2/1

4 – 1/1

Natural – 1/1

The house edge for this bet is 2.7%.

The payouts are the same for a bet on the Bank side however the house edge jumps to 9.7% if chosen.

4-5-6

This is a side wager that the total number of combined cards to complete the Player and Banker hand will be 4, 5, or 6.

# Cards Payout House Edge

4 – 1.5/1 – 5.3%

5 – 2/1 – 8.9%

6 – 2/1 – 4.7%

3 Card Six

This is a bet for a winning 3 card six. If player and banker have a 3 card six, the wager pays 100/1. If there is only one three card six, the bettor wins 8/1. The house edge is a whopping 13.4%!

Royal Match

Wagering that the player or banker hand will have a king and queen on the first two cards drawn, called the Royal Match. Not to be confused with the option of the same name found in the game of Blackjack. The bet pays 75/1 for a suited king & queen, and 30/1 for an unsuited royal match. The house edge has been calculated at about 2.1%.

Dragon 7

Dragon 7 is an optional side bet found in EZ Baccarat, which is played the same as regular Mini-Baccarat except the game has a commission free bank hand with one exception: A winning bank hand with a three-card total of seven will push instead of paying even money. A player may wager on that outcome for which the winning payout is 40/1. The house edge is about 7.6%.

Panda 8

The Panda 8 side bet is sometimes found in EZ Baccarat games. The wager pays 25/1 if a player hand has a three card total of eight. As for the house edge, it’s 10.2%.

Tie Bet

The Tie Bet is not considered a side wager, as it is included on all Baccarat table games. However, due to the atrocious house edge of 14%, it should be avoided at all times.

Remember that Baccarat, next to Blackjack, has a very low house edge of 1.2% when the Play bet is chosen, and a lower edge of 1.06% when betting the Bank when you avoid the side bets.

Good Luck!

Pai Gow – A Thousand Year Old Asian Game Has an Americanized Version – Pai Gow Poker

How to Play the American Poker Version

Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard 52 card deck plus one joker. Players must first place a bet on the table. The order of play is determined by the dealer’s roll of the dice or a random number generator selection. Seven cards are then dealt counter-clockwise, face down, to each player and the dealer.

The object of the game is for the player to create two poker hands from his or her seven cards. The five card hand must rank higher than the two card hand. When setting the hands, the five card hand must be placed in front of the two card hand. In order for the player to win even money, both hands must beat the dealer/banker hands. If one wins and one loses, the decision is a push. If both the banker and player hands are of equal value, the banker wins.

The house takes a 5% commission on all winning hands. Any player may elect to be the bank in turn or s/he may pass. It can be advantageous to bank because the banker wins all ties, but the banker must also hold sufficient funds to cover all bets. Winning hands are determined by standard poker hand rankings with the following exceptions:

  • A joker can be used to complete a flush or a straight, otherwise it’s counted as an ace.
  • An A-2-3-4-5 is the 2nd highest straight or straight flush, under 10-J-Q-K-A. Therefore, a 9-10-J-Q-K ranks 3rd.

The house edge is about 1.46%.

How to Play the Asian Way

Pai Gow, translated as “make nine” has its roots in ancient Chinese gambling and is believed to be thousands of years old. Because it’s played with Chinese domino tiles it is found mainly in casinos that cater to Asian players. This game is not as popular with Americans. Also, it’s more complex and requires more study to learn.

The game is played with a set of 32 dominos known as The Woodpile. After all the players place their bets on the table, the dealer shuffles the woodpile face down and stacks them in 8 rows, 4 high. The dealer then rolls three dice to determine the order of play. The dealer starts as banker and gives each player and his or herself 4 tiles face down.

Each player must make two hands of two tiles each. The hand with the lower value is called The Front. The higher value hand is The Rear. If the totals from the players’ hands beat the dealer/banker’s hand the players’ win even money, minus a 5% commission to the house. If both player hands are of lower value, s/he loses. If one hand wins and the other loses, it is a push. In case of a tie, the tile with the highest singleton wins. When a player and banker equal zero, the banker wins. Players may act as banker in turn or pass. Sufficient player funds are required for a player to bank the game.

With few exceptions, the best a hand can score is 9. For example, a 1-3 tile and a 2-3 tile totals 9. If two tiles total above 9, such as a 3-2 and 6-5 totaling 16 requires that the tens place (1) be dropped and would therefore total 6. 5-5 and 6-4 would equal 0 as 10 + 10 = 20. Drop 2 to equal 0.

There are certain exceptions where a hand can score more than 9. These are called “Gongs” and “Wongs”. The double one and double six tiles are known as the “Day” and “Teen” tiles. A Day or Teen combined with an eight results in a Gong, worth 10, while putting either of them with a nine creates a Wong, worth 11. When paired with any other tile, standard scoring rules apply.

Also, there are tiles that can be used like a “wildcard” called “Gee Joon” with The 1-2 and 2-4. When used as part of a hand, these tiles may be scored as either 3 or 6, which ever results in a higher hand value. For example, a hand of 1-2 and 5-6 scores as seven rather than four.

The house edge is about 1.5%. Good Luck!