Poker is arguably the most famous card game there is. The game essentially involves players taking part in rounds of gambling based on their cards, and applying strategy to deduce the value of their cards compared to other players. With its origins in 19th century United States, the game went on to become a worldwide favorite for in casinos, with high profiles games seeing millions of dollars exchange hands.
A typical game of poker involves either three or five cards. Players can either have a strong hand or a weak one depending on the cards they have been dealt. There is a poker hand hierarchy which starts at a high card, followed by pair, two pairs, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush. During betting, players can either call, raise or fold based on how they feel about their cards and what they feel they can deduce about their opponents cards. Other factors such as the amount of players still in the game can also influence a players perspective. Some poker games involve playing against other players, while some are player vs dealer.
All variants of poker require a blend of skill and bravado which a player can use to make other players fold, thus missing the next turn and forfeiting their bet and possible winnings. There is a high chance that skilled players can win vs novices, depending on their know-how of the game and what cards they receive. Skills such as bluffing and various mind games can play a part too. Some players unconsciously offer tells when they know they have a good hand vs a bad one for instance, and skilled poker players can sometimes pick up on this.
Think about a game show where no skill is needed and contestants have the chance to win big prizes; well that is exactly what wheel of fortune is all about. The show was designed to be a gripping one, full of exciting moments throughout, and those watching had the vicarious thrill of watching contestants make choices that define their future fortune (solving puzzles and spinning the prize wheel)!
The game is simple enough. Contestants unravel a mystery phrase or name of a place, thing or person by picking consonants and buying vowels. Each vowel goes for 250$. Contestants get to spin the ‘wheel of fortune’ with a range of dollar values ($250-$10,000). If the consonant you picked is in the mystery name or phrase then you get your dollar amount multiplied by the number of times your consonant appears in the phrase. If for instance you spun the wheel and landed on $250 then picked the letter G and it appears three times in the phrase, your money is multiplied by a magnitude of three .
So the premise of the game is to outsmart the other contestants then hope that your luck is in when you spin the prize wheel. It’s not always a formality though as a little bad luck on the wheel can cost you all the money you’ve won or a sizeable chunk of it.
The wheel of fortune game was been exported to various countries, and beyond that has appeared as a casino game both online and off. It’s appeared in various formats, sometimes as a slot machine, and others as a stand alone Wheel of Fortune game in its own right.
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.