If you have ever been to a casino, you may have felt a little bit overwhelmed with the number of games and tables that are out there. While it is certainly true that all casinos follow trends and fashions, and therefore add and remove games to their offerings, there are some that are found in all casinos in the world, from California’s Bicycle Hotel and Casino, to the various casinos on the Singapore strip.
The first game you will find anywhere is poker, and it is usually Texas Hold’em. It is believed that this game is so popular because it is often mentioned on television, not in the least because poker tournaments are now fully televised, and watched by millions. However, Texas Hold’em requires a lot of experience, and you should practice a lot before you even consider playing it in a casino, where the stakes tend to be really high. You may have seen No Limit Texas Hold’em, for instance, which means people could quite literally bet all their savings on a singe hand. In fact, this is a tactic used by many: to out-bet the competitors when they start to be low on chips. If you are new to the game, stick to the Limit Texas Hold’em games, therefore.
Blackjack, or 21, is also a very popular game. You only need one deck, but most casinos use up to eight decks and change them regularly, thereby stopping people from being able to count cards. Thanks to the advent of continuous shufflers, counting cards has become almost impossible, and it has also prevented human error that can happen if dealers accidentally drop a card, for instance.
With blackjack, the goal is simply to get as close to 21 as possible. Go over and you lose, which is known as a “bust”. If the dealer goes bust, you win. That really is as simple as it is.
Roulette is one of the newer games to the American casinos, but it has been popular in Europe since the 18th century. Here, you bet on which number the ball on a wheel will stop on, with some variations. For instance, you can bet on a color, on whether it is odd or even, or on which set of numbers. The higher the odds that you are right (for instance by betting on a set of 12 numbers), the lower your payout will be. There are two versions of this game. The European version has a single zero, whereas the American version has two. This means the house edge on an American wheel has increased to 5.26.
If you understand the basics of these three games, then you will be ready to head to any casino in the world and play. There are many other games available, varying depending on the casino and where you are in the world. However, these three are found everywhere, because they are by far the most popular games, known by everybody.