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Introduction

Pull Tab Casino Tipping Guide

The following information on pull-tabs is based on pull-tabs purchased and information gathered at a pull-tab store near the airport in Anchorage, Alaska.

A pull-tab could loosely be compared to a scratch-off lottery ticket, in that both usually cost $1, are instantly resolved by the player, and a portion of the purchase price goes towards state-run projects or charities. I was told that 30% of net profits (gross receipts less cashout from winning pull-tabs and taxes) is supposed to go towards Alaska charities.

There are two primary differences between lottery tickets and pull-tabs. First, on a lottery ticket you scratch the card to see what you won, whereas on a pull-tab you pull up flaps on the card. Second, pull-tabs are printed in batches of about 3,000 to 10,000, with a specified number of each possible prize per batch.

In Alaska, pull-tab stores can be found in some small strip malls. The store will have lots of bins from which to choose. A bin does not have to run empty before a new batch of pull-tabs is added to it. So the only information you are likely to get about the number of winners from a batch left in a bin would be based on your own purchases.

The way it works is the customer will tell the agent which kind he wishes to buy and how many. There is a counter and stools for the convenience of players. At the location by the Anchorage airport (on Spenard Rd. and Wisconsin St.) a bulletin board showed small posters of the various games, including the number of pull-tabs in each batch.

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Most pull-tabs show the possible prizes, and the number of each prize per batch. Armed with that information, and the number per batch from the posters, it was very easy to calculate the return of each kind of game. The rest of this page shows the return for ten different games. There were some pull-tabs (namely Players Choice and Alaska State Wide) that I tried that did not indicate the possible prizes, nor the number printed per batch and they are omitted from this page.

Alaskan Oasis

Alaskan Oasis Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
30250.0011160.337054
20220.0004460.090179
10250.0011160.113839
5250.0011160.058036
5200.0044640.022321
17000.1562500.156250
037430.8354910.000000
Total44801.0000000.777679

Big Ass Game

Big Ass Game Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
30080.0012530.375940
10020.0003130.031328
5060.0009400.046992
25200.0031330.078321
4120.0018800.007519
2300.0046990.009398
113750.2153820.215382
049310.7724000.000000
Total63841.0000000.764881

Cash Dash

Cash Dash Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
30060.0009380.281250
10020.0003130.031250
2560.0009380.023438
5500.0078130.039063
2100.0015630.003125
113000.2031250.203125
050260.7853130.000000
Total64001.0000000.581250

Happy Hog

The cost of Happy Hog tickets is 25¢ each. The return column is the product of the win, probability, and 4, to show the expected return is 71.43% of money bet.

Happy Hog Return Table

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WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
50020.0001050.210084
10030.0001580.063025
5040.0002100.042017
10200.0010500.042017
14000.0210080.084034
0.2552000.2731090.273109
0134110.7043590.000000
Total190401.0000000.714286

Kings & Silvers

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Kings & Silvers Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
200100.0016890.337838
100100.0016890.168919
5050.0008450.042230
2050.0008450.016892
4200.0033780.013514
2200.0033780.006757
110000.1689190.168919
048500.8192570.000000
Total59201.0000000.755068

Loon a Tick

Loon a Tick Return Table

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WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
30080.0013330.400000
10040.0006670.066667
20120.0020000.040000
580.0013330.006667
21200.0200000.040000
110000.1666670.166667
048480.8080000.000000
Total60001.0000000.720000

Moose on the Loose

Moose on the Loose Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
30080.0014180.425532
10040.0007090.070922
20120.0021280.042553
5200.0035460.017730
2400.0070920.014184
110000.1773050.177305
045560.8078010.000000
Total56401.0000000.748227

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Royal Stud

Royal Stud Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
150120.0037740.566038
2580.0025160.062893
10120.0037740.037736
5120.0037740.018868
3200.0062890.018868
2320.0100630.020126
1960.0301890.030189
029880.9396230.000000
Total31801.0000000.754717

Slottery

The cost of Slottery tickets is 50¢ each. The return column is the product of the win, probability, and 2, to show the expected return is 72.09% of money bet.

Slottery Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
23540.0004020.188755
10040.0004020.080321
2540.0004020.020080
1580.0008030.024096
10120.0012050.024096
5240.0024100.024096
2600.0060240.024096
11000.0100400.020080
0.531400.3152610.315261
066040.6630520.000000
Total99601.0000000.720884

War Chest

War Chest Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
30060.0009380.281250
10020.0003130.031250
2560.0009380.023438
5500.0078130.039063
2100.0015630.003125
113000.2031250.203125
050260.7853130.000000
Total64001.0000000.581250

Zig Zag

Zig Zag Return Table

WinNumber per BatchProbabilityReturn
100240.0063160.631579
10160.0042110.042105
14000.1052630.105263
033600.8842110.000000
Total38001.0000000.778947

Summary

The good news about Alaska pull-tabs is that most of them are a significantly better bet than the lottery tickets in the lower 48 states. The bad news is they are still a lousy bet compared to most forms of casino gambling. The following table shows the return of each game tested, in alphabetical order.

Alaska Pull-Tab Summary

GameReturn
Alaskan Oasis0.777679
Big Ass Game0.764881
Cash Dash0.581250
Happy Hog0.714286
Kings & Silvers0.755068
Loon a Tick0.720000
Moose on the Loose0.748227
Royal Stud0.754717
Slottery0.720884
War Chest0.581250
Zig Zag0.778947

If you must play, my advice is to seek out the pull-tabs with the highest return. Of the ten I tested the best is Zig Zag at 77.89%. Note how most of them pay between 72% and 78%. The exceptions are Cash Dash and War Chest, which are significantly less at 58.13% each. Why these two games return significantly less, I have no idea. I note another thing they have in common, which the other cards don't: they were made by Specialty Mfg.

There is also an effect of non-replacement with pull-tabs. If you buy some pull-tabs of the same kind, and your results are less than expectations, then it would be likely that the pull-tabs in the rest of the bin should exceed expectations. To very marginally increase your expected return, buy tickets of a given kind one at a time until your actual results exceed expectations, and then stop. However, you could end up buying hundreds, or thousands of tickets, employing this strategy. More practical advice would be to buy as few as you need to have some fun, and then leave.

I questioned someone named Barbara by phone with the Alaska Department of Revenue who said on average pull-tabs return 78%, but there is no minimum or maximum required, in favor of letting the free market determine the odds.


Written by:Michael Shackleford