Casino Gambling Guide

Gambling strategy and rules

If you are looking for a quick and easy gambling strategy and rules guide for a few of the most popular casino games, you have come to the right place. You will find here an easy-to-read explanation of each casino game, including how to play, what the rules are, and what strategies you should follow to get the best odds possible. We can't promise you to be a winner, but, as the saying goes, chance favors the prepared mind.


In American casinos two types of the game are played. The first is punto banco, a game for 12 to 14 players with relatively high betting ranges. The second is mini-baccarat, and adaptation of punto banco for 6 players and lower betting ranges. Both games follow the same basic rules and strategies.
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This game originated in France, and is therefore also known as vingt-et-un (French for twenty-one). It is by far the most popular casino table game around, because with a little skill you will able to turn the odds in your favor, or at the very least, minimize the house edge to less than 1%.
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Caribbean Stud

A relatively new game, that has it's roots in the Caribbean islands. The game starts with each player placing an ante bet, prior to the dealer announcing "No more bets". In order to participate in the progressive jackpot, a player may also place a $1 side bet at this time.
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Let It Ride Poker

This game was introduced by ShuffleMaster, Inc., in 1993, in an effort to promote their automatic shuffle machines. It's based on the five card stud poker game. The players do not play against the dealer or any other player. Each player is dealt 3 cards, and the remaining 2 card are community cards, that every player uses to complete his or her hand.
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Pai Gow Poker

This game combines elements of the ancient Chinese domino game of Pai Gow and the American game of Poker. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards plus one joker. The joker can typically be used only as an ace or to complete a Straight, a Flush, a Straight Flush or a Royal Flush, but in some casinos the joker is completely wild.
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Online Poker

There are more variations of Poker than any other game available online, yet by far the most popular poker game in the world is Texas Hold’em. If you want to know more about the rules, strategies and odds of online poker then please, this is the place to start.
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Charles Fey created the first three reel slot machine, the Liberty Bell, back in 1898. Nowadays all machines still work according to the same basic principle of the original Liberty Bell, except for the fact that all mechanical functions are now performed by a computer program.
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This game is of French origin. The European wheel has 37 numbers, including the numbers 1 to 36 and a 0 ('zero'). A typical American wheel has 38 numbers, including the numbers 1 to 36, a 0 ('zero') and a 00 ('double zero').
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Video Poker

The objective of this game is to get a hand that is listed in the payout table of the machine, not much unlike playing a slot machine.
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A few decades ago the most popular casino game was Craps. At that time Blackjack was nothing more than a marginal game locked away in a dark corner of the casino. While Blackjack has beaten Craps in popularity, this doesn't change the fact that Craps was, and still is, a very exciting and fast game to play
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More Gambling Strategy Resources

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Check out our section on money management to maximize your fun at the casino.

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Play some of our free casino games, including Craps, Slots, Roulette, Blackjack and Video Poker, to improve your skills at gambling.

Ask the GameMaster any additional question you might have about gambling strategy that isn't answered here.

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