Top Four Classic Casino Games

Casino games are fun. Here's a overview of four classic games you can try if you want to play in a casino.


Baccarat is casino game, the closest you can get to a slot machine without the machine. You don't have to know how the game works. Just bet on either "Banker" or "Player" or "Tie." The dealer deals two or more cards to each side and counts their total score. The side that scores closest to 9 wins unless there is a tie. The Banker side has an approximately 1% advantage when you deduct a 5% cut for the casino.

The scoring rules for Banker and Player differ making Baccarat somewhat confusing for the beginner to learn. But the good news is that you don't have to know anything about this casino game to play it! You do nothing here but bet. The dealer supervises everything. Of course, it helps to know the rules too since the dealer may occasionally make a mistake at your expense.


Roulette is another casino game that involves only betting. A wheel with numbered and colored niches spins, and you have to bet correctly on where the ball is going to fall when the wheel settles down. The numbers run from 1-36 and alternate between colors red and black. There may be one or two 0's on it colored green.

To put your bet on record, there is separate betting board with numbers and groupings in it. You place a betting chip in the exact position you are betting on. You can bet on groups of numbers, one number, color, rows and columns of numbers on the board.


Blackjack or 21 is arguably the most popular casino game played with cards. Most blackjack games today are dealt from a shoe (a container with several decks in it, not one) and pits the gambler against the house. Your goal is to hit as close to 21 as possible without going over it. A player can stand with their cards or draw more cards for as long as they haven't scored 21 or gone over (22 or more). Going over or "bust" means the player loses automatically. Otherwise, the dealer must draw or stand according to specific rules. The winner with the score closest to 21 without going bust wins.

Pro gamblers like Blackjack because it can be manipulated in the player's favor through some systems. Card counting, for example, is a strategy by which one keeps track of the cards already used. When you have an idea what cards are left in the deck(s), you can adjust your bets accordingly and beat the casino in the long run.


Craps is a casino game of chance played with dice. It takes its name from the losing bets in the game. Players take turns rolling the dice. If the score is 7 or 11, it's a natural and the one who rolled wins. If it is 2, 3 or 12, it's "craps" and they lose. Any other number and there is another roll to settle the bets. If the player makes the same number again (their "point"), they win. If it is 7, they lose. Any other number and the bet isn't settled. Once settled, it is the next player's turn to roll the dice.

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