It’s that time of the day again, the best part of the day. After all the work is done, it’s time to sit in your favourite easy chair and forget about life’s troubles. This time goes perfectly with your favourite music, and of course, some whisky. Still, if whisky on its own doesn’t seem to be entertaining enough, one can give a chance to these popular casino games.
Although the first casino was only created in the 17th century, the habit of gambling can be traced to ancient civilisations, like the Greeks and Chinese. Still, gambling is an ageless pastime and never gets old. The digital era has amplified the interest in casino games enormously. So, if you’re looking for a casino game to go with your whisky, you have quite a few options. Learn about the most popular ones below.
The first known reference to this game dates from the 19th century and attributes its origins to a Persian game called As Nas. However, card combinations in poker are so obvious that they could derive from pretty much any card game. Poker made fame in the United States during the 19th century, especially along the Mississippi River. Texas Hold ’em variation was introduced in the early 20th century.
Texas Hold ’em is the most popular poker variation today. It can be found in most online casinos, instant and live dealer versions, and even free platforms. In this variation, players start with two cards. Three cards are laid face-up on the table after a round of blind bets: the community cards. Two other cards will be laid until the end of the game. There’ll be a round of bets between each new card and a final round after the fifth card.
- Draw Poker
This French game was originally called 21, or Vingt-Un. The name already sets the game’s main goal: accumulating 21 points. Aces are the highest cards and are with 11 points each. Face cards and Tens count 10 points to the player. So, the best possible combination in this game is an Ace, followed by a face card or a Ten. The original version of this game is played with one deck of cards.
The original version was cracked by Edward Thorpe in his book Beat the Dealer. The game has changed since. Thorpe created an incredibly accurate system to count cards, giving a massive headache to casinos. Now, most versions use several decks and some crazy shuffling techniques. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most popular card games ever and fascinates generations of gamblers and mathematicians.
- Blackjack Switch
- Double Exposure
- Buster Blackjack
Baccarat is arguably the oldest card game in a casino. Like most games, it doesn’t have a specific date and place of birth. Still, it’s believed to come from 15th century Italy. So, chances are it was one of the games played at Casinò di Venezia, the first land-based casino ever. The name comes from an Italian dialect, where the word “baccara” means “zero”. It was also a very popular game in France, where it probably gained its final “t”.
In the standard rules, each player begins with two cards, with the possibility of a third one. It differs greatly from other card games, though, as here, the main operation is subtraction, not addition. All cards are counted by their face value; face cards are worthless. If you have a 4 and a 2 in hand, you don’t have 6 points but 2. The main goal is to get as close as possible to 9 points. If a player sums up more than 9 points, the counting starts again from zero.
- Punto Banco
- Chemin de Fer
- European Baccarat
- Mini Baccarat
Here’s another game that was probably there in the first land-based casinos in history. The principles were created by Blaise Pascal in the 17th. However, the modern version of the game is mixed with the Italian Biribi. Despite being a game of sheer luck, there can be a strategy in how you bet. Some options offer better odds than others, so it’s easy to adequate your risk appetite to your bankroll.
The roulette table consists of a sequence from 1 to 36, divided into three columns of 12 slots. The Zero comes on top of all three columns and represents the house edge: the house wins if the ball lands on Zero. These numbers are also divided into black and red numbers. Depending on each variation, players can bet on numbers, colours, columns, and other combinations.
- European Roulette
- French Roulette
- American Roulette
- Multi-ball Roulette
According to the Greek philosopher Sophocles, gamblers have enjoyed dice games since 400 BC. Yet, dice are even older than that and can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, around 2000 BC. Today, craps tops the preference for dice games, followed closely by the British game of Hazard. Simplicity is the key to success in this game: it’s a game of sheer luck with very straightforward rules.
Players have mainly three options: laying odds, pass, and don’t pass. Laying odds means betting against everyone on the table. The pass line offers nearly 50/50 odds, and players need to hope the shooter does not come with a 2 or 3 before a 7 or 11. The situation inverts for don’t pass lines.
- Crapless Craps
- High Point Craps
- Die Rich Craps
- Simplified Craps
Slots aren’t as old as the games mentioned above. Yet, it’s impossible to imagine a casino, online or land-based, without tons of slot games. The machine was invented at the end of the 19th century and took the gambling world by storm. The first versions would work only with three reels and only one payline. It’s a game of sheer luck which became infamous as “the one-armed bandit” because of its lever and, of course, because it was difficult to win.
The game was revolutionised in the 70s by creating the first video slot machines. Nowadays, it’s even possible to find 3D and AR slots. The number of paylines has also increased dramatically, and some games have included hand-eye coordination features. In slot games, the difficulty is defined by the RTP (Return to Player) rate. Games with lower RTP rates award bigger prizes but are more difficult to win.
- Progressive jackpot
Luckily, all games explored in this article have free versions. You can try out your skills for free before jumping into action. There are loads of quality material online about these games if you want to go deeper into one of them. Above all, gamble responsibly, drink responsibly and always have a great time!