Roulette is one of the few casino table games that doesn’t use cards. Roulette has a wheel on the corner of the table that spins one direction, and the dealer spins a ball in the opposite direction. The wheel contains a number of slots, most commonly 38. You can bet on any number from 1 to 36, including 0 and 00 (double-zero).
Making a bet in roulette is easy. You can place a chip anywhere on the table, and even on the edges, rows, or corners of numbers if you want to divide your bet between them. The simplest bets are the 1 to 1 payouts, (Red or Black, High or Low, and Even or Odd). The next payout are the 2 to 1’s, including 12 numbers in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd set of numbers, or the columns as well. For a 5 to 1 payout you can place a chip between any two rows, which covers 6 numbers. The basket bet is a 6 to 1 payout and is placed at the corner of the 1 and 0. This bet wins if the ball lands in 00, 0, 1, 2, or 3. If you place a chip at the corner of any four numbers, and one of those numbers wins that pays 8 to 1. A single row pays 11 to 1, and is bet by placing a chip on the edge of that row. A split bet pays 17 to 1, and is bet by placing a chip directly between two numbers. A straight bet has the largest payout, 35 to 1, and only covers the number you directly place the chip on.
Baccarat (pronounced BAH-kah-rah) is a great game that is one of the best odds in a casino. Baccarat might be hard to understand why the dealer pulls out extra cards sometimes, but it is very easy to play. To play you bet on either Banker or Player. The dealer then draws two cards for each hand. The values of the hands are the total of the 2 cards. Aces are worth 1, 2 through 9 are worth their respective values, and 10, Jack, Queen, King, are all worth 0 or nothing. If the total of the cards ever goes over 10 you drop the 10’s column and only count the single digit. So, a 9 and 8 are valued at 7, and a 5 and 6 are only a total of 1.
If either or both hands have a total of 8 or 9, It is considered a Natural. The hand is over and the highest hand wins without any more cards drawn. If neither side has a natural 8 or 9, the player hand gets another card if its total is less than 6. If the player has 6 or more it will always stand. If the player side does not draw, the Banker side will draw if there is not a natural on the either side, and the player has a total of 6 or 7. If the players hand does draw a card, the Banker may also draw a card. If the Bank has a total of 0, 1, or 2 the bank will also draw. If the bank has 3 and the player draws an 8 the bank will not draw any more cards. If the bank has a 4 and the player draws a 2 through 7, the bank will draw another card. If the bank has a 5 and the player draws a 4 through 7, the bank will draw another card. Lastly, if the the bank has a 6 and the player draws a 6 or 7 the bank will draw another card.
Many people and websites like to start off saying blackjack is the easiest table game. That couldn’t be more wrong. Sure it’s easy to come over and put down money and lose, but playing the game strategically is more difficult and required if you want your best odds to win. Your best odds are however well known by most players, dealers, and pit bosses. For blackjack its also known as “The Book” or “Playing by the book”.
The objective to blackjack is to get as close as 21 as you can without going over. If you go over 21, you lose. The value cards 2 through 10 worth their respective value, with the exception being, face cards are values of 10, and aces are valued at 1 or 11 depending on which is optimal for the player. Each player is dealt two cards in order from left to right. Players must then in turn make hand signals to indicate what they would like to do with their hand. Taking one card at a time, players can hit their hand which is indicated by tapping the table with their finger. You can opt to double down, which involves taking a single card, and placing more chips up to the same amount as your current bet. Splitting your hand is an option if you have two of the same value cards (ex. 5 and 5 or Jack and 10). You do this by holding your fingers in a V and putting up an equal amount of money as your current bet. Otherwise you stay with your hand by holding your hand out, palm down.
Casino’s are public establishments known mostly for gambling usage. They are also commonly also referred to as the Gaming Industry. Many of them have brightly lit and lavish decorations to lure in potential clientele.
I have worked many years in the Gaming Industry and I want to share my knowledge with others. Every game in the casino is a game of chance where you can bet your money to win more in return. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, and Keno are just a few of the most popular. At the end of the day, about 1 out of 10 gamblers leave with more money then they came with. Does this mean you are definitely going to lose? No, but you shouldn’t expect to leave with double your money either.
One of the first things you should do upon entering a casino for the first time is to get a rewards card. You will get free money to use in a slot machine or some other kind of gift. You should keep this card handy, because you will be asked for one at every slot machine or table game (blackjack, roulette, etc.). Out of superstition, some people do not like to give their cards. However, there is a good reason to use your card, Comps. Comps (short for compensation) are points acquired by using your rewards card while playing games at the casino. They can be used for free rooms, free food, match play, and other things depending on what the casino has to offer. The more you play, the better the card you get, and the more comps you get. Keep in mind that the comps will never be close to the amount of money you spend to get them.
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