Play Roulette – The bets


Learn common bets in rouletteIn Roulette the winning number is chosen after a ball bouncing around on a spinning wheel comes to rest. Hence the game is one of pure luck as it is imposable to predict the winning number. Players attempt to guess what number will win. Some players use one of the Roulette systems developed over the years while others simply guess at the winning number.

Here are the various wagers available in Roulette:

Inside Bets (made on the numbers inside the table layout):
One number Bets – these pay 35:1; you bet that you can predict the winner out of the 37 or 38 numbers on the layout.

Two number Bets – these pay 17:1; you bet that the winning number is one of the two adjacent numbers you have selected.

Three number Bets – these pay 11:1; you bet that the winning number is one of a group of three numbers you have selected.

Four number Bets – these pay 8:1; you bet that the winning number is one of a group of four numbers that you have selected.

Five number Bets – these pay 6:1; you bet that 00, 0, 1, 2 or 3 will be the winning number (this bet is only available on American Roulette wheels).

Six number Bets – these pay 5:1; you bet that the winning number is in one of two rows of three numbers that you have selected.

Outside bets (made on an area bordering the numbers layout):

Dozens Bets – these pay 2:1; you bet that the winning number is in a group of 12 numbers you have selected. The three groups of 12 numbers are; 1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36.

Odd or Even Bets – these pay 1:1; you bet that the winning number will be odd or even (if 0 or 00 wins this bet loses).

Red or Black Bets – these pay 1:1; you bet that the winning number will be red or black (green numbers 0 and 00 cause your bet to lose).

Column Bets – these pay 2:1; you bet that the winning number will be in the column of 12 numbers that you wagered on (there are three columns of 12 numbers).

Except for these, in French Roulette there are also called or announced bets. Bt I won’t speak much of them in this post, since Eurooean Roulette is the most common type of Roulette. I would like to give you a warning as well. If you ever gets to choose between European Roulette and American Roulette at a casino ALWAYS choose the European Roulette, since the American have a double zero which means that the house edge is higher.

At many casinos you can try roulette with play money for free.

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How to play Black Jack


This is a little guide to the game Black Jack that are played at casinos all over the world and on the Internet. If you are one of my swedish reader you might prefer to read the information in swedish, then I can recommend this casino guide.

In Blackjack the objective is to get a hand that totals closer to (but is less than) 21 than the hand that dealer has. Don’t lose games by trying to get as close to 21 as possible, play to get a better hand than the dealer.

The value of the cards from 2 to 9 is equal to what is shown on the card. The cards 10, Jack, Queen and King all have a value of ten. The Ace is the most valuable card as it can have a value of either one or eleven depending on how the player uses it. You automatically win with a blackjack an ace and another card worth ten.

How to Play

Blackjack is not a group game. The table may have several players at it all playing but they are not playing against each other. Each player plays alone against the dealer, what any other player does when it’s his/her turn has no effect on you when it’s your turn.

Casinos use multiple decks of cards, deal the player cards face up and don’t allow the players to touch the cards. The game starts with the dealer dealing one card to every player at the table and finally one to his/herself. Play continues with the dealer dealing a second card to everyone but hides his/her second card by dealing it face down.

In Blackjack the players play before the dealer plays. The player has two options:

1. drawing another card or
2. standing.

If a player draws another card and his/her total goes over 21 they bust (a loss) and the dealer automatically wins. After every player has finished the dealer will play their hand. The dealer plays their hand according to (posted) house rules. The rules usually call for the dealer to draw another card on hands totaling 16 or less and to stand on hands totaling 17 or more.

After the dealer has played out his hand he/she collects from players with hands totaling less than his/hers, pays off players with hands totaling more than his/hers and pushes (neither pays off nor collects) with hands that result in a tie.

Blackjack Betting

The bets are all made before the cards are dealt. Players with winning hands are paid even money. Players with a blackjack are paid 3 to 2 (a $2 bet would bay $3).

Blackjack Options

Splitting Pairs – When your first two cards are of equal value (10, Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10 and can be split) you have the option playing each card as a separate hand. When splitting aces many casinos allow only one more card to be played on each ace. Further if your second card has a value of 10 it is counted as 21 (not blackjack) and will lose in the event the dealer draws a blackjack.

Doubling Down – If you decide that your hand will beat the dealer hand with the drawing of one, and only one, card you can double your bet before drawing your last card.

Insurance – The insurance bet can be made when the dealers face up card is an ace. The players have the option of betting that the face down card has a value of 10. If it is the dealer has a blackjack and the side bet pays 2 to 1. The original bets remain and since the dealer has a blackjack will lose unless you tie the dealer by having a blackjack yourself.

Surrender – Some casinos offer a surrender option. The player has the option of surrendering if he/she decides they have no chance of beating the dealer after looking at the first two cards dealt. By announcing surrender the dealer stops play and collects half of the players bet.

There are different types of Blackjack games in which the rules differ a bit. But this is the general rules for Blackjack. On the casinoguide Casinocenter I saw an informative chart for the basic strategy in Blackjack that can be useful.

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Video poker


Playing video poker is very simple, but you should be familiar with the different poker hands. You place a wager, which is done by putting coins in the machine or choosing you bet with buttons online.

A bet must be made to draw cards and can’t be changed after the game has begun. Then, press the button that says “Draw/Deal.” This will bring your cards up on the screen.

Decide what cards you would like to hold and push the “Hold/Cancel button to do so. To change any of the cards you chose to hold, just press the button again to cancel your selection. The screen will flash “hold” under held cards.

Press the Draw/Deal button once more to be dealt new cards to replace the discarded ones. If your hand wins, a pay out will occur and the game will start once again. Some video poker games also has a bonus game in which you can double your winnings. This can look a bit different depending on game, but an example is that the machine shows a card and you should pick a card that is higher than this.

Some video poker games contains a progressive jackpot which usually is paid if the player gets a Royal Flush, but there can be other variations. A progressive jackpot grows until it’s hit because of a small percentage of the players bets are added to the jackpot. Therefor the return on a video poker machine with a progressive jackpot is higher than an identical non-progressive machine. Therefor you will seldom find a progressive jackpot at a Full Pay 6/9 Jacks or Better game.

The good thing about playing video poker is that if you play according simple or optimal strategy the return on a full pay machine can be over 100%. And in theory this will always make you a winner, since your edge is better than the casinos. But the return from playing according to strategies are based on a lot of hands, so be sure you’ll have enough money to hold out.

Some of the most common games in video poker are Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, All American and Joker Poker. My personal favorite is Jacks or Better, since I find this most easy. But I believe the return for Deuces Wild are better. But of course it depends on the machine.

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Playing slots


I have told you a little bit about how to play Baccarat and know I want to tell you about playing slots. The goal is to end up with matching symbols in a row. The most common feature is to be paid when getting three symbols in a row, but nowadays that has changed a bit. Especially with slots from Microgaming and Net Ent which has a lot of ways to win. The biggest wins are usually paid when getting five in a row (of course if there’s no bonus game that will give you a jackpot). There are also slots with a win-both-ways-function in which it doesn’t matter if the symbols will match from left or from right, you win either way. There are also slots with other winning combinations and I’m sure you’ve come across slots with the 243-ways-to-win-function.

And even if you have less than three of a kind, some slot machines will still pay out. Payouts will usually vary from machine to machine, so be sure to check the payout schedule. Some casinos have machines with multiple pay lines, which is when you can play with more than one coin and place bets on multiple rows. This increases you chances of winning.

When playing slots an important thing to think about is that the higher your bet is, the higher your winnings will be. This because, your bet is multiplied with the number of coins you will be paid from matching symbols. But, it’s also a bit of a gamble since the higher your bet is, the faster you can loose your money if not getting a winning strike.

Also, when playing slots with a jackpot, the chances of winning the jackpot is often related to the size of the bet. The higher the bet is, the greater are your chances of winning the jackpot. In some slot machines you can’t hit the jackpot if not betting maximum. Be sure to read the information about the slot regarding this.

Playing slots is very easy. In general it’s about placing a bet and press a button. Although, you sometimes can choose a certain number of coins, your level and number of lines to bet on. But as I said before, the higher your bet is, the more winnings you can make. Try out slots for free to see how it works! You can then change the number of coins and level to see how this effect your winnings. At the site bet365 you can play some of the games for fun if you want, read more about bet365 here.

It’s more fun to play when learning the rules. Video slots of today has many features, like bonus games, free spins, wild-symbols, scatter-symbols, sticking wilds, expanding wilds and much more. So even though you can’t do much to effect the outcome of the game, it’s more fun if you know how how symbols works and which ones to hope for. NetEnt is one of the most popular delivers of slots, because the games hold very high quality in graphics, music and features. It’s also NetEnt that provide the famous jackpot-slot Mega Fortune which has provided a gambler with the highest online jackpot. I think it was over €17 million. If I won one of those I would definitely buy a new car the first thing I do! And I would also take a trip around the world and buy a house. But I know the chances of winning are very small.

Other jackpot slots are Mega Moolah, Arabian Nights, Mega Fortune Dreams, Marvel-slots and The Dark Knight Rising. I myself love to play slots with a jackpot, since it allows me to dream about a better life.

On the site Casinosnack.com you can find many slots for free, so you can try them out for trial money.

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How to Play Baccarat


Baccarat is an easy game to play. The rules determine all aspects of play – there is no choice, no strategy and no subtlety. Indeed if not for the stakes involved the game would not attract much of a following. The stakes can be enormous and it is not unusual for thousands of dollars to be wagered on one hand.
As many people are familiar with the game of Blackjack some comparisons between the two games can be made:

1. Like Blackjack the object of the game is to get closer to a value than the dealer (banker). In Blackjack the target number is twenty-one, while in Baccarat the target number is nine.

2. Unlike Blackjack players cannot bust (go over the target value). The game is played modulo 10, that is to say if your hand exceeds 10 then 10 is subtracted from the total to come up with a value between 0 and 9.

Only one player at a time is dealt cards, but any player at the table can bet on the player or the banker to win or for a tie. Wagers are made by placing chips in the appropriate place on the Baccarat table.

To start both the player and the banker receive two cards dealt face down. The player goes first, if they have a natural (8 or 9) the cards are turned up immediately, and the player wins unless the dealer also has an 8 or 9. If both the dealer and the player have the same value a tie is declared and the bets are returned to their owners. If the player doesn’t have a natural then the following rules apply.

Player’s Options

Player’s Hand – Required Action

0,1,2,3,4 – Draw a card (face up)
5 – Can take a card if they want to
6,7 – Stay

After the player is done with his hand the banker turns over his cards and follows the rules for the banker. The banker’s options involve not only his/her cards but also the value of the drawn face up card (if any) dealt to the player. The banker has different options and required actions depending on the cards that are dealt.

Banker’s Options

Banker’s Hand – Player’s Draw – Banker’s Required Action

0,1,2 – Anything – Draw a card
3 – 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7- Draw a card
8 – Stay
9 – Optional
4 – 2,3,4,5,6,7 – Draw a card / 0,1,8,9- Stay
5 – 5,6,7 – Draw a card / 0,1,2,3,8,9 – Stay
4 – Optional
6 – 6,7 – Draw a card / 0,1,2,3,4,5,8,9 – Stay
7 – Anything -Stay

After both the player and the banker are satisfied with their hands, a comparison is made and the one with the closest to 9 wins.

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Casino Games


There are a good variety of casino games you can play online. They are mainly divided in table games and slot machines. Here are a few examples of the most common casino games you can play online.

Baccarat – Baccarat is an easy game to play. Like Blackjack the object of the game is to get closer to a value than the dealer. In Baccarat the target number is nine.

Black jack – In Blackjack the objective is to get a hand that totals closer to (but is less than) 21 than the hand that dealer has. Don’t lose games by trying to get as close to 21 as possible, play to get a better hand than the dealer.

Roulette – In Roulette the winning number is chosen after a ball bouncing around on a spinning wheel comes to rest. Hence the game is one of pure luck as it is imposable to predict the winning number. Players attempt to guess what number will win.

Craps – The dice game craps is kind of difficult. Basically Craps is a game where players bet on a shooter making his/her ‘point’ or not making his/her point. You bet with the shooter when you bet that they will make their point and against the shooter (with the house) when you bet that they will not make their point.

Video poker – Playing video poker is simple if you are familiar with the different poker hands. The game begins by placing a wager, which is done by putting coins in the machine. Then the cards are drawn, you choose which ones to keep and then you draw new cards.

Slots – The object of slots is to end up with matching symbols in line when the wheel stops spinning. The game begins by the player putting a token or money in the machine. After this, push the button or pull the lever to get the reels going.

This was some of the casino games you can play online. Of course there will be others, like Casino War, Keno, Bingo, Poker, Caribbean Poker and more, but these I believe are the most common ones.

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