The Most Popular Casino Games

Here’s a description of the most popular games you’ll find in casinos, both offline and on the net :

Blackjack

The player starts with 2 cards and can continue to add more cards, with the goal of reaching a total value of 21, or as close as possible to 21 without ‘busting’ (going over 21). The dealer follows rules to increase the value of their own hand while attempting not to ‘bust’. The winner is the person who has not busted and with the hand value closest to 21.

Roulette

A ball rolls around a spinning wheel, eventually stopping in a numbered compartment on the wheel. Players can bet on the ball landing on individual numbers of the wheel. Other bets are also available, such as whether the ball lands on an odd or even number, or lands on specific sections of the wheel.

Craps

Two dice are thrown and players can bet on the outcome. There are many types of bets available, including simple bets on the exact combined value of the 2 dice, and ‘line bets’ which attempt to predict the dice shooter’s ability to gain specific outcomes according to a system of rules and ‘points’.

Slot Machines

These machines traditionally had a large handle which could be pulled to start 3 ‘reels’ spinning. Each of the reels has a variety of images, such as types of fruit, and when the reels stop spinning the player receives a prize if the images form specific combinations (such as 3 cherrys in a line). These days many slot machines use a screen with ‘virtual reels’, which simulate a spinning action. Modern slots also often have features such as animated videos and sound effects to add excitement to player’s wins.

Video Poker

This game features rules similar to regular 5 card draw poker, but played on a screen similar to a slot machine. Video poker is very popular since a player with a good understanding of the rules can achieve consistent wins, unlike slot machines which are purely games of luck.

Baccarat

In games of baccarat the player and the dealer (known as the ‘banker’) compete in a game of cards. Unlike other card games, baccarat is a game of pure luck with no skill involved. This is due to the fact that both the player and the dealer must follow exact rules and make no personal choices, so the game’s result depends only on the cards that have been randomly dealt. Despite the absence of skill, baccarat remains a popular casino game with high-stakes players betting on the outcome.

Keno

Keno is similar to bingo and lottery games, with numbered balls being drawn randomly. Players can purchase tickets with pre-chosen numbers, or choose their own numbers. Prizes are won depending on how many of the numbers on the player’s tickets are matching the drawn balls.

Posted: November, 2011.