The game of craps has a long history spanning several cultures with roots from the Arab world to Roman times. The version of the game we play today though comes from the English game Hazard which was a hit with taverns in the 17th century.
The game may, to beginners, appear to have a lot of confusing lingo but it’s easy to understand once you know the basic bets like pass and don’t pass and what numbers on the dice get you a win or loss. Betting starts with a dice roll on the come out roll which the shooter wins with a 7 or 11 and loses with a 2, 3 or 12. Any other value takes you to the point round. Every player on the table can bet on one player’s turn to shoot. The dice go around in this fashion as each player chooses whether to roll the dice or not.
Once you have all the bets figured out you can play the game with mastery and improved strategy. However, a beginner is safest going with the pass bet which is easy enough to play.
Red dog is a card game also referred to as yablon or red dog poker. The game first rose to popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries as a kind of in-between or acey-deucey. Though the game is not as popular today in real world casinos, it is still a big hit with online casinos.
The game is played by placing a wager before two cards are placed face up on the table. If the two cards have consecutive numbers such as a 7 and an 8 or a jack and a queen, the hand is referred to as a push in which case the player gets their wager back. Card suits do not count for anything. If the two cards have a similar value, then the dealer moves on to deal a third card and if the third card is also of the same value, then the wager is paid at 11-1. If not, the hand remains a push. If the first two cards dealt do not adhere to any of the conditions aforementioned, then a third card is dealt which should remain between the values of the first two cards or else the bet is lost. If the third card warrants a payment to the player, it is called a spread and is paid according to a set of rules set for the spread.
One interesting aspect about the game is that the house edge reduces as the decks of cards increase. In most card games, typically the house edge increases when more decks of cards are used.
Keno is a lottery-like game whose variants can be played at a casino and are sometimes also offered as lotteries. The game originates from China even though the name itself originates from the Latin and French languages. According to folklore about the origins of the game, it saved a city in ancient China from plummeting into war and helped build the Great Wall of China from its winnings.
In Keno, players choose from the numbers 1 to 80 in most cases. A player picks 20 numbers and hopes to match at least 5 numbers to a list of numbers generated randomly. The house edge on the game is large and sometimes goes up to 35%.
The probability that a player will match all 20 numbers is incredibky unlikely to the point of being almost, and essentially, impossible. For a player to get all 20 numbers they would have to beat odds of a mind boggling 3.5 quintillion – (exactly 3,535,316,142,212,174,320 – 1).
Winning does not depend on any kind of strategy but simply luck when the random numbers come up. This is part of the fun since the big winners know that it has nothing to do with what strategy they used to pick their numbers and was simply good fortune. The chance of winning does, however, increase with more picks.
Pai Gow is a game played with tiles that is very famous in China. The games premise concerns the players scoring the most in a set of two tiles. The game begins by shuffling the tiles and every player receiving 8 face down tiles, commonly referred to as the woodpile.
Each hand can score a maximum of 9 after which the 10 in every score is dropped so that 16 becomes 6. There are ways in which players can score more than 9 using Day (double-one) and Teen (double-six) tiles. A combination of these two tiles has a score of 10. Matching either of these with a 9 gives you a score of 11. These are the only special scoring combinations. Any other combinations adhere to the typical rules of scoring.
Each player forms two hands of two tiles from the four they received including the dealer. The players then compare their hands with that of the dealer. If a player has a front hand and a back hand that are both stronger than the dealer’s, they then win the bet. If only one hand beats the dealer, the hand is considered a push and they get to keep their bet. The game is played by a total of seven players.