There’s nothing I love more than getting all dolled up to go to the Casino. Feeling confident as you walk about the casino floor lets everyone know that yeah, that’s right – this girl takes herself seriously. And she’s got amazing fashion sense too, of course. My favorite game of all time is Blackjack, as I grew up playing ‘Twenty-One’ with small change when I was younger, and have since progressed to playing online blackjack – I just can’t get enough of it!
Home casinos are all the rage today. You can bet small and pull out when you feel like it. The problem is that not everybody is familiar with most casino games. Some have complex rules that some players cannot hope to learn in a couple of hours. It’s also expensive to hire a slot machine. So what games should you play if you have a home casino night?
The Roulette Wheel is one of the simplest casino games. You can buy home Roulette kits from most toy and game retailers and online. All you need is a wheel, a ball and the mat with the cells to place your bets. Watch the fun unfold as your players take bets on where the ball will land. Although some of the bets are complex, you can make the game at your home casino simpler by deciding that some options are out of bounds.
Blackjack (And Its Variations)
No player need feel daunted by card games. Blackjack (and its variations such as 21 or Pontoon) is one of the easiest games to play. Be clear on the rules, as some people may be familiar with one version and not the other. Either way, all variations on the “21” games are simple and accessible for those who have never played a card game. It’s fun too! Simply, players compete against each other and attempt to make the number 21 from their hand by sticking with their hand or choosing an extra card.
Poker is one of the most popular and glamorous of card games. That said, it’s not easy to learn all of the rules. Some of your virgin players may struggle at first. Thankfully, there are many versions of poker – some poker variations are easy to learn, others not so much. The great thing about the game is that you don’t have to be a great player in order to win a hand. Poker is all about bluff, after all. You can win with a bad hand if you can convince other players that it is a good hand.
The dice game is a number simple casino game you may wish to play at home. Most households have dice. As we are all so familiar with this diverse playing piece, picking up the rules as you go should be easy. There are no competitors in this type of game, so there would be no motive for people not to help those unfamiliar with the game to understand the rules, and what constitutes a winning or losing throw.
Mistakenly believed to be one of the more difficult games to learn, Baccarat is no longer as popular in casinos as it once was. It became a glamorous game thanks to James Bond. In the books, Bond was a keen baccarat player. In the recent film version of Casino Royale, Baccarat was switched for Texas Hold Em Poker. It works on a simple premise and if there are four or more of you, this can be fun and exhilarating. Two players compete against each other while everyone else bets on who will have the higher value hand. Many hours of fun guaranteed.
Blackjack is the most popular game to play at the casino. However, there is a lot to focus on and to think about, including keeping that poker face and looking great while making some big wins!
The secret to winning a game of blackjack is to have a lot of patience and persistence and to learn some basic strategy for the game too. Spend some time at home learning to play the game well before entering a casino and expecting to make a big win.
Blackjack is played with 52 cards, with each different card being worth a different amount of points. Cards from 2-10 are worth their face value, but the ‘special’ cards, King, Queen and Jacks are worth ten each, while an Ace can be worth either 1 or 11. The idea of the game is to get cards that add up to the number 21 (or as close as you can get without going over) before the dealer.
Play begins once all players have made their bets, so make sure you do yours extravagantly so that the other players at the table know you mean business! Once all of the bets have been placed, the dealer will give you two cards, and the game begins.
If your cards come to a total of 16 or less, you must take another card. If this new card takes your total number of points to over 21, it becomes a ‘bust’, and you lose your bet (which you must do so gracefully, simply shrugging your shoulders and shaking hands with your fellow players. Stay to see how the rest of the game pans out). If your cards total 21, or as close as you can get (19 or 20), you have a ‘stand’ and can smugly single this with a quick hair flick and then a hand placed palm down on top of your cards.
Games of blackjack don’t usually last particularly long which is how people begin to get hooked on the game, playing over and over, desperate to win. In order to keep looking classy and professional, remember that you must never verbally announce a bust or a stand, as this is frowned upon. All communication in regards to the game is done via hand signals on the table for security purposes. When at the table, sit/stand straight and poised, ready for a win. If you lose, don’t let it show on your face and definitely don’t act like a sore loser about it! Be graceful and stay until the end of the game to show your support to everyone else who was playing. If you want to get to grips with it before learning the etiquette, try your hand at online blackjack first instead.
When the game is over you may do a dramatic hair flick and sashay away from the table in a dramatic way, but remain professional too!