POKER TEXAS HOLD'EM

Poker is America’s national card game and we will guide you to learn how to play Texas Hold'em, the most popular variation of the card game of poker

The objective of poker is to win money by capturing the pot, which contains bets made by other players during the hand. Is important to Know when to bet.

Number of players, typically from 2 to 10. Most casino games set up with 9 or 10 players for Texas Hold'em.

The deck; most forms of poker involve a standard 52 card deck.

Poker chips; come in a durable plastic, the chips are available in a wide range of colors and patterns.

In Texas Hold'em, players receive two down cards as their personal hand (hole-cards), after which there is a round of betting. Three board cards are turned simultaneously (called the flop) and another round of betting occurs. The next two board cards are turned one at a time, with a round of betting after each card. The board cards are community cards, and a player can use any five-card combination from among the board and personal cards. A player can even use all of the board cards and no personal cards to form a hand ("play the board"). A dealer button is used. The usual structure is to use two blinds, but it is possible to play the game with one blind, multiple blinds, an ante, or combination of blinds plus an ante.

Rounds of Betting 

  • Opening deal- Each player is dealt two cards face down, which are known as hole cards or pocket cards.

 

  • First round of betting- Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, each player can call the big blind, raise, or fold. The big blind has the option to raise an otherwise unraised pot.

 

  • The flop- The dealer burns a card, and then deals three community cards face up. The first three cards are referred to as the flop, while all of the community cards are collectively called the board.

 

  • Second round of betting- Starting with the player to the left of the dealer button, each player can check or bet. Once a bet has been made, each player can raise, call, or fold.

 

  • The turn- The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fourth card face-up to the community cards. This fourth card is known as the turn card, or fourth street.

 

  • Third round of betting- It follows the same format as the second round, but the size of the bets has usually doubled in limit games.

 

  • The river- The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fifth and final card to the community cards. This fifth card is known as the river card, or fifth street.

 

  • Final round of betting- It follows the same format as the second and third rounds.

 

  • The showdown- Using the best five-card combination of their hole cards and the community cards, the remaining players show their hands, with the bettor or last raiser showing first. The highest five-card hand wins the pot. (In case of a tie, the pot is evenly split among the winning hands.)

 

 

 

 

BLACKJACK

Blackjack is the American variant of a globally popular banking game known as Twenty-One

You might think that the objective of blackjack is to get as close to 21 as possible, without going over.  If so, then you would be completely wrong!!!!!

The objective of blackjack is to beat the dealer so players do not play against each other. To beat the dealer the player must first not bust (go over 21) and second either outscore the dealer or have the dealer, We will guide you to beat the dealer by being more efficient with your decisions and avoiding any accidental mistakes or cheating.

You can beat the dealer in one of the following ways:

  • Get 21 points on the player's first two cards (called a "blackjack" or "natural"), without a dealer blackjack
  • Reach a final score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21
  • Let the dealer draw additional cards until their hand exceeds 21 ("busted").

 

  1. Blackjack may be played with one to eight decks of 52-card decks and is the most widely played casino banking game in the world
  2. Aces may be counted as 1 or 11 points, 2 to 9 according to pip value, and tens and face cards count as ten points.
  3. The value of a hand is the sum of the point values of the individual cards. Except, a "blackjack" is the highest hand, consisting of an ace and any 10-point card, and it outranks all other 21-point hands
  4. After the players have bet, the dealer will give two cards to each player and two cards to himself. One of the dealer cards is dealt face up. The face-down card is called the "hole card."
  5. If the dealer has an ace showing, he will offer a side bet called "insurance." This side wager pays 2 to 1 if the dealer's hole card is any 10-point card. Insurance wagers are optional and may not exceed half the original wager.
  6. If the dealer has a ten or an ace showing (after offering insurance with an ace showing), then he will peek at his face-down card to see if he has a blackjack. If he does, then he will turn it over immediately.
  7. If the dealer does have a blackjack, then all wagers (except insurance) will lose, unless the player also has a blackjack, which will result in a push. The dealer will resolve insurance wagers at this time.
  8. Games begins with the player to the dealer's left.
  9. The following are the choices available to the player:
  • Stand: Take no more cards, also known as "stand pat", "stick", or "stay". Player stands pat with his cards.

Signal: Slide cards under chips (in handheld games); wave hand horizontally (in games dealt face up).

  • Hit: Take another card from the dealer. (and more if he wishes). If this card causes the player's total points to exceed 21 (known as "breaking" or "busting") then he loses.

Signal: Scrape cards against table (in handheld games); tap the table with finger or wave hand toward body (in games dealt face up).

  • Double down:Player doubles his bet and gets one, and only one, more card.  The player is allowed to increase the initial bet by up to 100% in exchange for committing to stand after receiving exactly one more card. The additional bet is placed in the betting box next to the original bet. Some games do not permit the player to increase the bet by amounts other than 100%. Non-controlling players may double their wager or decline to do so, but they are bound by the controlling player's decision to take only one card.

Signal: Place additional chips beside the original bet outside the betting box, and point with one finger.

  • Split:If the player has a pair, or any two 10-point cards, then he may double his bet and separate his cards into two individual hands.The dealer will automatically give each card a second card. Then, the player may hit, stand, or double normally. However, when splitting aces, each ace gets only one card. Sometimes doubling after splitting is not allowed. If the player gets a ten and ace after splitting, then it counts as 21 points, not a blackjack. Usually the player may keep re-splitting up to a total of four hands. Sometimes re-splitting aces is not allowed.

Signal: Place additional chips next to the original bet outside the betting box; point with two fingers spread into a V formation.

  • Surrender: (only available as first decision of a hand): Some games offer the option to "surrender" directly after the dealer has checked for blackjack. When the player surrenders, the house takes half the player's bet and returns the other half to the player; this terminates the player's interest in the hand. This option is only available on the initial two cards, and depending on casino rules, sometimes it is not allowed at all.

Signal: The request to surrender is made verbally, there being no standard hand signal.

  • When every single player has had their turn, the dealer turns over their hole card to reveal who has beaten them and won their wagers. If they have less than 16 or a soft 17 (an ace and any number of cards that add up to 6), they will choose to hit. If they go bust, then any players who haven’t already win the bet.
  • If the dealer goes over 21 points, then any player who didn't already bust will win.
  • If the dealer does not bust, then the higher point total between the player and dealer will win.
  • Anyone who has a higher total than the dealer will win and get even money. A winning blackjack pays 3 to 2 odds, making it more attractive. Some casinos have been short-paying blackjacks, which is a rule strongly in the casino's favor.

 

AMERICAN ROULETTE

American roulette is among the table games, which enjoys the greatest popularity in casinos throughout the United States.

Roulette is a game that’s easy to play but hard to master. That way, whether you wind up in a casino playing roulette or find yourself playing online, you’ll know exactly what to do and what not to do too.

The simplicity of the roulette game is balanced by the possibility of making unique and often complex combinations of bets on the outcome of each spin.

The American roulette wheel has 38 divisions, where numbers from 1 to 36, 0 and 00 can be found. Numbers from 1 to 36 are alternately colored in red and black, while the single zero and the double zero are marked in green. The main objective, which any player pursuits, is to predict, which numbered pocket the roulette ball is going to settle into. In order to do that, all players make bets on a particular number, after which the dealer turns the roulette wheel in one direction and spins the roulette ball in the opposite. Once the ball finds its way into the pocket with that particular number, the respective players get paid. All 38 numbers are identically arranged on the wheel; thus, the ball has an equal probability to settle in any of the divisions.

The player plays against the House.

When first joining a table, you’ll exchange cash for your roulette chips. Your chips will be of a different color to all of the other players at the table. (In American roulette, each player uses a different chip color). This way the croupier can easily see who made the winning bets. When using these chips you’ll notice that the betting area is divided into two distinct sections – inside and outside bets.

Basically, when the dealer announces, “place your bets”, you place your chips on whatever numbers you want. Every betting table has minimum and maximum bets, and they are different for each type of bet. The betting limits are displayed at every table. If you bet outside the limits, the dealer will physically move your bets and tell you the bet was rejected.

Next, the dealer picks up the ball and spins the wheel. In most casinos, the dealer waits for the ball to slow down towards the end of the spin before calling “no more bets”. At this point, the dealer ways their hands over the table to signify no more bets are permitted for that particular spin.

All wagers placed are only valid for one spin.

Should a ‘No spin’ occur, then the wagers on the layout are void and will be valid for the next spin.

 

Placing bets

Each table usually has minimum and maximum betting amounts. Bets can be spread across the table, but the total amount must not be less than the minimum amount or exceed the maximum.

A roulette table offers two betting areas: inside and outside.

Inside bets: These are bets on individual numbers, two numbers, four numbers etc. One chip can be positioned to bet on multiple numbers.

 

  • Straight-Up Bet it is placed on any single number, including “0” and “00, and directly on the number. Its payout is 35 to 1.

 

  • Split Bet it features two adjacent numbers and is placed on the line between these numbers, including ”0” and ”00”. Its payout is 17 to 1.

 

  • Street Bet it features all three numbers in a row and is placed on the line at the end of the row. There are other options for its placement as well – it can include 0, 1, 2; 0, 00, 2; 00, 2, 3. Its payout is 11 to 1.

 

  • Corner Bet it features a group of four numbers and is placed at the corner where these four numbers touch. Its payout is 8 to 1.

 

  • Five Bet it features 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3 and is placed at the corner by 0 and 1. Its payout is 6 to 1.

 

  • Line Bet – it features six numbers (or two rows of three numbers) and is placed at the end of two rows, on the border between them. Its payout is 5 to 1.

Outside bets: enable you to bet on color, odd/even outcomes, and groups of pockets. These are actually the worst type of bets from a professional player’s view. If you’ve read a site advising these as safe bets, they are wrong, and probably referring to there being less time before winning bets, at least on average. Types of roulette bets include red and black (most popular), the 1-18 and 19-36 (betting that one number between each of these values will spin), odds and evens (odd or even number), the dozens (1-12, 13-24, 25-36). If you bet on any of the outside areas, you will lose if the winning number is green zero.

  • Color Bet- You can bet on red or black. If you look at a Roulette wheel, the numbers are evenly split into black and red. If you bet on red, and the number the ball lands on happens to be a red colored slot on the wheel, then you win the bet.

 

  • Odd/Even Bet- You can bet on the next number to land on the wheel being an odd number or an even number.

 

  • High or Low Bet- Another betting option that also pays 1 to 1 odd, is the high low option. You can bet on 1-18 as the low bet or 19-36 as the high bet.

  • Column bet - Column bets spread the length of the Roulette board in 3 rows. Each row or column contains 12 numbers that run parallel from the top to the bottom of the Roulette board.

 

  • Dozen bet - Dozen, much like column bets, have 12 numbers. However, these are chunks of numbers clumped together that run the width of the board. They are shown on the Roulette board as 1st of 12, 2nd of 12 and 3rd of 12.

American Roulette House Edge

When playing on an American roulette wheel, the house edge is 5.26%. This means that every time you place a bet at the table, the casino itself will expect to make a profit of 5.26%.

American Roulette Additional Bets

As there is an additional “00” on the American style Roulette wheel and board, there are some more bets we can cover.

  • Bet on 5 numbers: Here you wager the 0, 00, 1, 2, 3 and this pays 6 to 1 odd.

 

  • 00 and 0 Row Bet: You can wager the row of 0 and 00 and this pays 17 to 1 odd.