An Introduction to Some Popular Casino Table Games

Not everyone goes to the casino to play slot machines. In fact, many insist on playing table games only, buying into the myth that slots are rigged though they are not. For those that choose to play only table games at the casinos, there seems to be some favorites in particular that stand out from the rest.

Probably the single most popular table game is Blackjack. The house edge with Blackjack depends entirely on the type of game that is being played, the number of decks in use and so on. Suffice it to say however, that played optimally the game of Blackjack is the much safer bet in the long run than any other table game. It’s for this reason that it is the most popular game that casinos make available to players.

Next we have Caribbean Stud Poker. This is a hugely popular game in many casinos simply because of the large potential payouts available on the progressive game. The jackpot can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range and smaller “pieces” of the jackpot are paid out when you get the straight flush, full house, and four of a kind. Still, for all of its popularity, this is a high risk game and the casino sports a tremendous advantage over the player. First, you only win the jackpot if you have played the progressive which is an additional bet and second, the standard bet is generally $15.00 per hand broken down as a $5.00 ante and if you wish to continue play then you have to raise your bet an additional $10.00 at the minimum.

Craps is the next most popular but not a very smart bet in most cases. While the rewards tend to be high in most bets the truth is the odds are enormously in the favor of the house. Your safest bets are the passline bets though we as human beings crave the excitement from the other bets. The game is a great deal of fun and the excitement that it generates is what makes this game one that is popular.

The excitement of Roulette can be compared to that of craps. The more obvious bets are the ones that payout the most, however, they are of course not the best bets to make if you want to play optimally. The safest bets on this game are red/black and odd/even though the payout is much lower than betting and hitting a specific number. This is another game designed to hugely favor the house in terms of the odds.

Most recently to hit the casinos as a standard table game is Hold ’em. Once only thought of as a game for the poker parlors, Hold ’em is growing quickly in the table game scene. The difference between this table game and the version that is played in the many poker parlors is that you do not have to beat all of the other players to win. You simply have to have a better hand than the house hand and you are a winner.

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