So, you are off to a casino, but you don’t really know what to expect. Here is a little bit of information to help you along the way. Information provided will include some different types of the most common games found in a casino.

What kind of Gamers are likely to be at a Casino?

There are several types of games found in most casinos. These are:

  • card games
  • table games
  • slot machines

Casino scenes in a movie are fairly accurate portrayals of most casinos. Rows upon rows of a vast display of slot machines, then an open area with table after table of card games like Poker or Black Jack, and table games like Roulette or Baccarat.

Card Games

Table games are just that, games played at a table. The most common that come to mind are Black Jack and Poker. Black Jack is also called “21” because the object of the game is to get a total of 21 points or have a higher score than the dealer – without going over 21. If you go over 21, it’s called a “bust“. Scoring is easy. Each card is face value, face cards (Jack, Queen and King) count as ten, and aces are one or eleven. Any card valued at ten plus an ace is 21 or Black Jack, and usually pays one and one half times your bet. Poker is the next common Card Game. There are many variations of Poker, such as Texas Hold’em, five card draw and seven card stud. Basically the goal is to achieve the best hand dealt and know the odds of winning with the hand you have.. The best thing to do is go research the different types, try a few at free online casinos, and decide which version you prefer.

Other Table Games

Roulette is a fun table game that requires no skill whatsoever. Roulette involves a large oval table with red, black and green squares and a large wheel that sits horizontal to the table. There are the numbers 1-36 in random red or black squares, plus “0” and “00” in the green squares. These have the highest pay out, roughly 35:1. The remaining betting spots only pay 1:1 or 2:1 and they are:

  • green
  • red
  • even
  • odd
  • 1-12
  • 13-24
  • 25-36
  • 1-18
  • 19-36

Luckily, a player can place as many chips on as many places as he/she wishes, thereby increase the odds of winning. The chips are generally purchased at the gaming table, and are likely to be specific for that particular table and specific to each person betting at the table. Just remember to cash out when you leave. If you would like to practice before you arrive at a casino, you can play Roulette online here. Another popular table game found in most casinos is Baccarat. It is a combination card game and Roulette. A maximum of twelve persons can sit at a table at any given time. Two hands (player and banker) of two cards are dealt, either can be bet upon. The names “player” and “banker” are just for identification of the hands. Simply place a bet on the hand you think will be higher. Face cards actually have no value, aces are one, and no matter the total, only the last number counts. If the total is 15, the value is 5.

What about the slots?

Now you just have to push a button to play a slot machine. There are hundreds if not thousands of slot machine variations. Many are based on popular movies. Betting ranges from penny slots (1 cent per line/per play) to dollar slots. For most people all the flashing lights and many numbers are confusing. But after a short try out everybody is common with those slot machines. Needless to say, the machines are programmed and don`t base on luck.

In summary

Casinos offer something for everyone, slot machines, card games like Black Jack or Poker, and table games like Roulette and Baccarat. Play online to practice and find your favorite game, try something new, know your financial limits, and most of all, have fun.


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