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Blackjack

Blackjack is the most globally played casino game in the world. In blackjack players are competing against the dealer and not between each other. The game is typically played with at least two 52 card decks. The goal in the game is to make a combination of two or more cards score equaling 21 points or scoring higher than the house without exceeding 21.

The blackjack table is usually set up with seven betting places. A dealer standing behind the table acts as the house and distributes the cards. The player is dealt two cards. The points of both cards are summed. All cards count as their numerical value and face cards count as 10 points. The Ace card is an exception and can count either as 1 point or 10 points.

After receiving their initial two cards, players have the option of getting a "hit," which means taking an additional card. In a given round, the player or the dealer wins by having a score of 21 or by having the highest score that is less than 21. Scoring higher than 21 results in a loss. A player may win by having any final score less than 21 if the dealer busts. If a player holds an ace valued as 11, the hand is called "soft", meaning that the player cannot go bust by taking an additional card; otherwise, the hand is "hard".

The dealer has to take hits until his cards total 17 or more points. Players who do not bust and have a total higher than the dealer, win. The dealer will lose if he/she busts, or has a lesser hand than the player who has not busted. If the player and dealer have the same point total, this is called a "push" and the player does not win or lose money on that hand.

CRAPS

Craps is a popular game played with dice in which the players make bets on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice.

Craps in casinos is typically played by multiple players betting against a house. Players take turns rolling two dice and the one that throws the dice is called the shooter. Players can bet on the various options by placing chips in the appropriate sections of the board.

While acting as the shooter, a player must have a bet on the "Pass" line or the "Don't Pass" line. The game is played in rounds and these "Pass" and "Don't Pass" bets are betting on the outcome of a round. The dice are passed clockwise around the table for the next player to become shooter. The shooter is offered a number of dice to choose from by the "stickman" for each round. The remaining dice are put back to the stickman's bowl and are not used.

Each round consists of two parts: "come-out" and "point". To set off a round, the shooter makes one or more "come-out" rolls. A come-out roll of 2, 3 or 12 is called "craps" or "crapping out", and anyone betting the Pass line loses. A come-out roll of 7 or 11 is a "natural", and the Pass line wins. The other possible numbers are the point numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. If the shooter rolls one of these numbers on the come-out roll, this establishes the "point" - to "pass" or "win", the point number must be rolled again before a seven. The dealer flips a button to the "On" side and moves it to the point number signifying the second stage of the round. If the shooter "hits" the point value again before rolling a seven, the Pass line wins and a new round starts, usually with the dice staying with the current shooter

ROULETTE

Roulette is one of the most popular and globally recognized casino games. In Roulette the player may bet on a single number, a range of numbers, colors – red or black or on odds or even numbers.

The winning number or color is determined through the use of a special wheel (called the Roulette, hence the name of the game) enclosed within a round circumference and is spun usually in a clockwise direction. A ball is then thrown in the other direction. When the ball loses momentum it falls into one of the wheel’s 37 or 38 colored and numbered spots.

Roulette offers a variety of betting options. Placing inside bets is either selecting the exact number of the pocket the ball will land in, or a small range of pockets based on their proximity on the layout. Players may also bet on the 'outside' by selecting bets on larger groupings of pockets, the pocket color, or odds or even numbers.

When a winning number or color is determined by the wheel the croupier will place a marker on that winning number on the roulette table. When the marker is placed on the table, the players may not place, collect or remove any bets from the table. The dealer will then sweep off all other losing bets and determine all of the payouts to the remaining bets. Once the dealer is finished making payouts, the marker is removed from the board.

BACCARAT

Baccarat is a popular card game played at casinos with three popular variants – Punto Banco which is strictly a game of chance, with no skill or strategy involved; each player's moves are forced by the cards the player is dealt. In baccarat chemin de fer and baccarat banque, contrary to Punto Banco both players can make choices, which allows skill to play a part.

Baccarat is a comparing card game played between two hands, the "player" and the "banker." Each baccarat coup has three possible outcomes: "player" (player has the higher score), "banker," and "tie."

PAI GOW POKER

Pai Gow poker is an American version of the popular Chinese Pai Gow game that is played with cards instead of Chinese dominos.

variants

The game is played with a standard 52 cards deck plus a single joker. It is played on a table for six players and the dealer. Each player attempts to defeat the dealer.

VIDEO POKER

Video poker is a popular game derived from the five card draw poker. There are a huge number of variations of video poker. Most popular are Deuces Wild, where a two serves as a wild card and four aces with a five or smaller kicker pays an enhanced amount; and multi-play poker, where the player starts with a base hand, and each additional played hand draws from a different set of cards with the base hand.

SLOTS

A slot machine is a game with three or more reels which spin when a button is pushed. The game pays out based on combinations of same symbols that are displayed when the reels stop spinning. Slots are arguably the most popular games in casinos.

The goal in the game is to beat the odds and win money. The game typically involves matching symbols. The slot games have a variety of winning combination of symbols. If a player matches a combination in accordance with the game rules, the game pays out typically cash but in some cases additional free spins may be rewarded. On slot games a player can bet with denominations ranging from 1 cent all the way up to $100.00 or more.