Coming into a casino for the first time can be a daunting experience, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up losing a lot of money.
Whilst all games are down to chance, whether it’s on the machines or at the tables, certain games offer a greater chance of winning, whereas others offer much bigger jackpot payouts.
Below are three of the most common casino games that you are likely to encounter.
Slot machines are not quite as simple as putting in some money, cranking down the lever, and hoping for three sevens to appear on the wheels – but in principle it probably is.
The simple art of the slot machine is to insert money, which will give you an equivalent number of credits, or spins. After paying credits into the machine you hit the “Spin” button, which will spin the rollers on the screen once.
The resulting combinations determine whether or not you have won money, and if so, how much.
On some machines, the payout line is the central horizontal set of images, but on some of the video slots, lines are calculated all over the screen.
How the Slots work and the rules
The Slots use a program that is called a random number generator that decides which symbols to show on the reels. To increase your chances of winning you should first understand the rules. You can play online slots or offline slots.
Online Slots have a different strategy, for example, the fixed maximum payout means that the slot has a meter that increases the jackpot for every play without a return.
Offline Slots: one play strategy, means that you can play once with the highest amount possible. Winning means that you can play again and if you don’t win you can try another slot machine.
Blackjack is an extremely simple game, based on getting to the number 21 by using your card’s numbers. Every player at the table gets two cards from a standard deck of 52.
Each regular card’s number is that of its face value (cards 2-10 are counted as their number), but the picture/image cards – Jacks, Queens and Kings – are valued at 10, whereas the Ace can be an 11 or a 1 (the user’s own decision).
With the two cards that you are dealt, you need to get as close to, or hit, 21 in total – without going over. However, you also get the chance to take more cards to get closer to 21. Once everyone has their cards, and it’s your turn, you can “Hit” and the dealer will give you another card. Or you can “Stand”, and stay with the cards that you have already amassed.
If you happen to get two cards of the same number in your original hand you can “Split”, which will enable you to separate the two cards into two hands if you place another bet to cover for the new second hand, and you get to play them both.
Whilst the aim is to get – or get as close to – 21, the player must also beat the dealer, who is trying to do the exact same thing.
The rules on winnings and calls differ slightly between each casino, but at the base of the game, if you beat the dealer you double your stake. If there are other players at the table you’ll sometimes take a percentage of the pot based on your cards, or you’ll split winnings with other winners at the table.
The real stickler is that Blackjack is a card game, and some casinos don’t shuffle between plays, leaving room for people with good memories to almost count cards, or keep track of the cards that have been played so that they have an edge on everyone else.
So basically, Blackjack is a nice and easy game, with simple rules, so it is easy to adjust to and win on.
The Roulette board has a big wheel, with numbers from 0-36 in an assorted order on their own, with raised brackets around the edges. The corresponding table has those numbers boxed off (inside bets) and other boxes that are alongside each line, section, and type boxes (outside bets).
The basis of the game is to bet your money, or chips, on the number that you think will occur on the wheel – when the dealer spins said wheel and drops a ball into it. You can place your chips in any number of ways, and the less specific your bet is, the less the odds are.
The inside bets that you can do are:
- you can bet on a single number to appear (35/1 return)
- bet on two neighbouring numbers (17/1 returns)
- also, you can bet on a trio of neighbouring numbers (11/1 returns)
- bet on a quad of numbers (8/1 returns)
- bet on six neighbouring numbers (5/1 returns).
The outside bets that you can do are:
- you can bet on the columns, via one of three boxes at the 34-35-36 end of the table (2/1 returns)
- also bet on the 12’s, in the first, second or third boxes that are under the numbers (2/1 returns)
- bet on two neighbouring columns (1/2 returns)
- bet on two neighbouring 12’s (1/2 returns)
- bet on Even or Odd (1/1 returns)
- bet on Black or Red (1/1 returns)
- bet High or Low (1/1 returns).
Returns may vary between casinos. Having said this, there is the number 0 to consider. It resides in the green zone, away from any outside bets. The only way to win when 0 pops up, is if you have a chip on it – be it as a single, double, or trio with its surrounding numerals.
As you can place as many chips down on the table as you like, with very decent returns on each wager won, Roulette is a very highly rated casino game, that players of all levels can pick up very quickly. All you need is a bit of luck on the wheel.
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