There are many casino games to choose from however two of the most popular are Blackjack and Roulette. Roulette is a game that requires little skill to play, which combined with its slow pace (although you can opt for turbo speed if you like these days), and the fact that it is easy to master, makes it one of the most popular casino games in the world. The variations of the game that we know today are very similar to the roulette that was played in the Monte Carlo casino in its early days. Whilst Blackjack or 21 is by far the most popular table game offered in gambling establishments. If you are unfamiliar with the rules of casino blackjack or simply need some clarification on the finer points, you've come to the right place!
The basic premise of the game is that you want to have a hand value that is closer to 21 than that of the dealer, without going over 21. Other players at the table are of no concern. Your hand is strictly played out against the hand of the dealer. The rules of play for the dealer are strictly dictated, leaving no decisions up to the dealer. Therefore, there is not a problem with the dealer or any of the other players at the table seeing the cards in your hand. Indeed, if you're playing at a shoe game, the player cards are all dealt face up. In any event, when you're just learning to play, don't hesitate to show the dealer or other players your cards and ask questions.
In blackjack, the cards are valued as follows:
The suits of the cards do not have any meaning in the game. The value of a hand is simply the sum of the point counts of each card in the hand. For example, a hand containing (5,7,9) has the value of 21. The Ace can be counted as either 1 or 11. You need not specify which value the Ace has. It's assumed to always have the value that makes the best hand. An example will illustrate: Suppose that you have the beginning hand (Ace, 6). This hand can be either 7 or 17. If you stop there, it will be 17. Let's assume that you draw another card to the hand and now have (Ace, 6, 3). Your total hand is now 20, counting the Ace as 11. Let's backtrack and assume that you had instead drawn a third card which was an 8. The hand is now (Ace, 6, 8) which totals 15. Notice that now the Ace must be counted as only 1 to avoid going over 21.
Roulette is an extremely simple game to pick up, the best way to do it is often just to play it and learn as you go. The concept itself is simple, there is a wheel and a betting surface with which the game is played. The wheel is flat against the table and is used to randomly generate a number from 0 to 36 (in the European and French versions), to do this the wheel is spun and a small metallic ball is spun in the opposite direction along a small groove within the wheel. Eventually the wheel and ball will come to a stop and the ball will come to rest in one of 37 numbered pockets.
When betting on roulette you are betting on it to land on a certain number or group of numbers. The layout or betting surface is where you will do all of your betting. The felt lined table featured a design (which varies depending on the version) containing all the numbers and other betting options, to bet you simply place a chip or a number of chips on the desired area.
There are a wide variation of bets that you can place when playing roulette, so to help you understand as many of them as possible we have created a betting guide that you can read through below.
As stated previously there are many types of roulette bets within the game. We'll go into all of them in detail, but they are all split into 3 types: Inside Bets, Outside Bets and the more exotic Call Bets. Betting on the inside bets has a low probability of winning compared to the outside, but the payout is much larger. The outside bets are the opposite and have a high probability, but a much lower payout.
There are exactly six different types of inside bet when playing roulette: Straight up which means to bet on an individual number, Split which is when you split the bet over two numbers that are next to each other, the Corner of Square bet which means to place a chip on a corner which spreads the bet over four numbers, a street bet allows you to place a bet on all three numbers in a single line, a trio bet would allow you to place a split bet on either 0,1 and 2 or 0, 2 and 3 and finally we have the Six Line bet which allows you to bet on two adjacent horizontal lines.
There are also 6 different outside bets including Red or Black, Even or Odd, the numbers 1 to 18, the numbers 1 to 36, dozen bets in which you bet on a one third section of the numbers and column bets that allow you to bet on an entire vertical column of numbers.
Roulette is a game that is rich in history that has few equals when it comes to generating adrenaline. Good luck on the tables, and please play responsibly.
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