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CASINOStyle 101


There are 4 suits (Spades, Clubs, Hearts & Diamonds).


Each suit contains cards with values of: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace.

Hand Ranking


10 + Jack + Queen + King + Ace

(all of the same suit)



5 consecutive cards

(all of the same suit)


4 cards of the same value


3 of a kind + a pair


5 cards all of the same suit



5 consecutive cards




3 cards of the same value


2 sets of 2 cards of the same value


2 cards of the same value


CASINOStyle Table Basics

Blackjack (21)

Blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is the most widely played casino game in the world. Blackjack is a card game between a player and dealer comparing hands, meaning that players compete against the dealer but not against each other. It is played with one or more decks of 52 cards. The object of the game is to beat the dealer, which can be done in a number of ways:

  • Get 21 points on the player's first two cards (called a blackjack), without a dealer blackjack;

  • Reach a final score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21; or

  • Let the dealer draw additional cards until their hand exceeds 21.





Craps is a dice game in which everybody (except the house) can win together, and when everybody's winning, a craps table can get pretty wild. Craps also has some of the best odds in the casino so there's a lot of winning to be done. A craps table, however, can also look pretty intimidating with over 40 different kinds of bets that can be placed. It's a big table with a bunch of numbers and unfamiliar phrases, and there can be more than 14 players and 3 staff at the table at any given time. In reality, though, craps is a pretty simple dice game where you bet on the probability of the next roll.




Texas Hold 'Em 

Texas hold 'em (also known as hold 'em or holdem) is a variation of the standard card game of poker. Texas hold 'em consists of two cards being dealt face down to each player and then five community cards being placed face-up by the dealer—a series of three cards ("the flop") then two additional single cards ("the turn" and "the river" or "fourth and fifth street" respectively), with players having the option to check, bet, raise or fold after each deal. Betting may occur prior to the flop, "on the flop", "on the turn", and "on the river".




Roulette is a casino game named after a French expression for little wheel. In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.


To determine the winning number and color, the dealer spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel. The ball eventually loses momentum and falls onto the wheel and into one of 37 (in French/European roulette) or 38 (in American roulette) colored and numbered pockets on the wheel.




3-Card Poker

Three-Card Poker incorporates two modes of play. The Ante and Play wagers play in competition on the player hand against the dealer hand. The Pair Plus wager is paid on a pay scale basis that the player hand will be a pair or better. After all Ante and Pair Plus wagers are placed, three cards are dealt to each player and the dealer. Players that have placed the Ante wager have a choice to either fold or continue in the game by placing a Play wager equal to the Ante. Hands are then exposed and wagers resolved. The dealer hand must be Queen high or better for the dealer hand to play.




Let It Ride

Let It Ride is a variation of five-card stud, based on three player cards and two community cards. The two community cards are initially dealt face down. The most distinguishing feature of Let It Ride is that the player is given two opportunities to withdraw exactly one-third of their initial wager. One chance occurs after the player looks at their hand but before the first community card is revealed, and the second occurs after the first community card is revealed, but before the second is revealed. The player may reduce their wager on either of these occasions, or on both, or neither. If the player decides not to withdraw part of their wager, they are said to "let it ride".



Caribbean Stud

Caribbean Stud poker is a casino table game with rules similar to five-card stud poker. However, unlike standard poker games, Caribbean stud is played against the house rather than against other players. There is no bluffing or other deception.


If the dealer does not have at least ace/king, all bet wagers will be void, and players will receive even money on their ante bet only. If the dealer's cards beat a player's cards, the dealer collects both the ante and bet. If a player's cards beat the dealer's cards, the player will receive even money (1-1) on the ante, and the will follow a progressive payout based on their hand.




Pai Gow

Pai Gow Poker combines elements of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow and the American game of Poker. Pai Gow Poker is played with a traditional deck of 52 playing cards plus one Joker. The Joker is used only as an Ace, or to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush.

Each player receives 7 cards and creates 2 hands simultaneously, a "High Hand" or "Back Hand" (consisting of 5 cards) and a "Second-High Hand" or "Front Hand" (consisting of 2 cards). Both hands must be higher than the house's hands to win. If one hand is higher and the other lower then it is a tie. If both hands are lower than the house's hands then the player loses. Pai Gow Poker is essentially playing 2 separate poker hands according to traditional poker hand rankings.




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