The 5 Best Casino Card Games

The 5 Best Casino Card Games


The 5 Best Card Games Played in Casinos
Long-time hardened gamblers, experienced players,
and first-time aspiring novices alike are
likely to have highly contrasting and deeply
ingrained opinions regarding the 5 best card
games played on casinos. Each type of player
has a unique character that fits them to some
card games better than to others. Some play
ostensibly to profit, no matter how small,
through dint of skill and mastery; others
play in order to finally reach that ‘nirvana’
state of luck they have dreamed of the first
time they set their feet inside the casino.
Some play in order to pass the time; others
play because of the social nature of the game.
A good card game should have many or all of
these characteristics that casino-goers look
for at the gaming tables. Based on experience
and knowledge, here is a list of the 5 best
card games to ever grace casinos, giving a
roller-coaster sort of fun to all gamblers,
rocks, rounders, players, and to every other
classification of avid casino gamers.
(1) Baccarat – This game, originating from
France, is a famous card game, known to casinos
all over the world, with a simple objective
– to get a two or three card hand whose sum
is closer to 9 than the banker’s card sum
is. All paint cards (King, Queen, Jack) and
the Ten is worth 0 points; an Ace is worth
1 point. The sum is obtained by adding all
card values and then dropping the tens digit
if the sum is a two-digit number. If you are
a player (the opponent of the banker), sufficient
knowledge of probability theory may give you
an advantage. If you are not a player but
a bettor, you have three betting options:
Banco (a bet in favor of the banker); Punto
(a bet in favor of the player); a tie; or
two or all of them at the same time in a single
bet. Ironically, the game’s name is also the
name of the worst hand in baccarat – a sum
of 0.
(2) Bridge – An overly complicated game, it
is a popular casino game as well as a parlor
game. The game is played by players in pairs.
Bridge is difficult to explain at first; in
fact, the best way to learn bridge is to join
someone in a bridge session. Nevertheless,
here is one striking difference between bridge
and almost all other card games: Spades exceed
hearts exceed diamonds exceed clubs. In other
games, suits are never ranked.
(3) Video poker – It’s just you against the
machine. Try to find out the regular behaviour
of the different machines, then formulate
an optimal strategy that will help you win
in the long run. There are thousands of people
that will spend hours on this incredibly popular
game. This helps Video poker onto our list
of best card games.
(4) Blackjack – The repository of such snappy
terms as ‘stand’, ‘hit’, and ‘card counting’,
blackjack continues to be one of the most
played card games. The game befits the mathematically
oriented best; one mathematics professor,
Edward Thorp, has written a seminal book,
“Beat the Dealer”, where he propounds a system
that could turn all blackjack odds in your
favor. The system, when tried, was so successful
that casinos were compelled to change their
rules. The objective of blackjack is to get
a hand where the sum of the card values is
higher than the dealer’s, but not exceeding
21. Players make various choices at their
advantage, such as ‘surrender’, ‘hit’, ‘stand’,
‘double down’, or ‘split’ a pair.
Lastly, here is the best card game of all
time, and many other players, spectators,
or just casual laypeople will agree:
(5) Poker – Poker is undisputedly the greatest
card game played today. Several events have
converged to make poker the most played card
game. Many forms of poker have been played
in cardrooms since the beginning of the 20th
century, but it was the publication of “Super
System”, the best-selling poker book of all
time, by Doyle Brunson in 1979, that first
espoused the still-controversial idea that
poker is a game of skill, and that idea gave
future players the hope that they, too, could
beat the game, if only they could strategize
intelligently. During 1971, the World Series
of Poker, the world’s premier poker tournament,
was first held. From 6 participants in the
1971 Main Event, it has expanded to a field
of 7319 and a prize pool of $68,798,600 during
the last 2010 Main Event alone. During that
World Series, there were 57 events total,
one of which is the Main Event.
Poker appeals to the psychologically superb
and the mathematically mighty alike. It comes
in different variants: Texas Hold’Em (the
most well-known), Omaha, Razz, High-Low Split,
Seven-Card Stud, and many others. The multiplicity
of poker variants and poker personalities
led to the proliferation of thousands of books
on poker alone, where in Doyle Brunson’s time,
there are hardly any books on the whole field
of gambling. Each different game gives players
of differing creeds, races, and beliefs a
unique, fulfilling experience. As long as
new generations of players continue to rise
to the test – in fact many new casino players
tend to favour poker over other card games
– poker is going to remain steady among the
5 best card games of all time.

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