Top 5 Casino Games Every Gambler Should Master

Feb 19, 2014 | USA Online Casino News

If a player is dealt with an ace and a 10-value card as his/her first two cards, a Blackjack is attained. This means that the player wins 150% of his bet. If a player has a card value closer to 21 than the dealer, then he wins 100% of his bet.

Top 5 Casino Games Every Gambler Should Master

It’s a shame sometimes to watch people spend large sums of money during gambling and lose them in just a blink of an eye all because they don’t know how to play the game. To increase your odds in bringing home the pot you must first learn the mechanics of the casino games you wish to play. I will provide you below with five examples of basic casino games and their mechanics. Let us learn how each game is played.

Blackjack

Blackjack is a player vs. dealer game wherein each aims to raise as closer as 21 points as possible or exactly 21 points. If either of them however gets more than 21 points, then he/she goes “bust” and loses the bet. If a tie occurs between the player and the dealer, and the cards are worth 17 or more, the bet is returned to the player which is called a push.

In Blackjack, all number cards ( 2’s, 3’s, etc.) are worth their face value, face cards (jacks, queens, kings) are worth 10 points each and aces are worth 1 or 11 depending on the situation.

If a player is dealt with an ace and a 10-value card as his/her first two cards, a Blackjack is attained. This means that the player wins 150% of his bet. If a player has a card value closer to 21 than the dealer, then he wins 100% of his bet.

Blackjack Terminologies:

  • Blackjack- a 21-point for the first two cards (ace + face card)
  • Bust- greater than 21-point card value (means you lose the bet)
  • Hit- additional card intake other than your 2 initial cards
  • Split- first two cards are divided into separate hands if they are of the same value
  • Push or Tie- both player and dealer has the same card value (starting from 17 points), no winner announced and both bets are returned to each
  • Double- wager is doubled and third card is dealt
  • Stand- no more cards added to initial hand; announced when 21 points is achieved or a double is made
  • Surrender- happens when a player exits the round; half of the bet is returned to the player

Baccarat

Baccarat also known as Punto Banco is played using two principal bets, the bank (Banco) and the player (Punto) in very rare occasions, a Standoff is also used. All players including the one dealing may bet on either Punto or Banco. However, it is customary that the dealer bets on Banco. Some casinos give players the privilege to deal the cards in turn while others have the dealers deal the cards. The player may pass the “shoe” if he/she doesn’t want to deal cards. As long as the Banco wins, the shoe remains with one player. If the Punto wins, then the shoe is passed on to the next player. In online Baccarat, the cards are automatically dealt by the virtual dealer.

In playing Baccarat, both the dealer and player are dealt with 2 cards (up to 3 cards in some cases).The one with the card value closer to 9 wins. Number cards less than 10 are counted at face value. Face cards and 10s are of no value whereas aces are worth 1 point each. Only single digit points are counted. If the player’s points reach a double digit, the left digit is dropped and only the right digit is counted (e.i. 17 is counted as 7).

Slot Machines

Slot Machines are perhaps the most popular and easiest casino game to play. In playing the slot, one must first familiarize the different buttons used. It is very important to know the different buttons for betting an amount, for pay lines and for activating the slots reel. Before playing, you must also decide the amount you are willing and can afford to spend on the slot.

The first thing you should do in playing slot is to buy special slot coins, chips or tickets. After which, you can select the appropriate slot machine you want to play. If you are playing a multi-denomination slot machine, choose the coin denomination you’re going to use by pushing the +/- button then select the number of coins you wish to play. Remember to select the number of pay lines to bet on when you are playing a multi-reel video slot. Push the Spin Reels button or pull the lever to the reel spinning. Once the reels have stop spinning, different symbol combinations are displayed to indicate if a certain amount of money is won or lost.

Bingo

Bingo is a game wherein players try to match randomly selected numbers to the numbers on their cards. The cards used have a 5x5 grid with the word BINGO written horizontally across the top. Bellow each letter is a set of five numbers. The middle most square on the card is technically a “free” square. The objective of the game is for players to complete a specific pattern ahead of anyone else and call out “BINGO”. The card is then checked for confirmation.

Keno

Keno is a lottery game which utilizes gaming cards containing numbers 1 to 80 and balls (ping pong) also numbered 1 to 80. To play the game, players choose up to 20 numbers and a wager. They then marked their chosen number on the card and register it. Twenty balls each bearing a number are then randomly drawn. Players try to match as many drawn numbers to their own selections. Pay offs depend on the number of matched numbers and the amount wagered.

You have just increased your chances of winning the pot by learning the basics of each game. Now why don’t you go and do some money action to test what you have just learned.