The fancy cars, the beautiful women, and the expensive clothes are only a small part of what makes Bond's lifestyle extravagant and interesting. Okay, all of that is a big part! But, there is one other crucial part, and that's the casinos he visits. There is always a scene where he dresses in his best suit and goes down to play cards. I find that so awesome, and every time I visit a casino I try my best to imitate those experiences that Bond has. Sometimes it doesn't work out the way I planned.
I grew up in these places. My family always traveled to Atlantic City, or Las Vegas, and even up to Connecticut to play at Foxwoods (The Largest Resort&Casino in America). I love the flashing lights, the risk, the sounds, and the gorgeous scenery. Now I want to share my gambling knowledge with you!
I'm going to teach you all the basics of gambling. What to play, how to play, what not to play, and how to bet. I'm going to leave out Craps and Poker though, because I don't know anything about those games, and I don't feel comfortable teaching you something I have no experience in. So don't get worried when they don't pop up on this list.
Slots come in different varieties. There are Reel Slots like the one in the picture above, and Video Slots which has no moving mechanical parts and are completely programmed. There are also different values of Slots like penny, nickels, quarters, and dollars. Slots make up for the largest part of the Casinos revenue. They are designed to draw people in like moths to that big blue zappy light thing. And there are no more levers, there are only buttons. Now Slots can be a little complicated, but I'm going to tell you a simple way to play them. Don't play them! These machines are vacuums. The Slots are programmed to pay out yes, but that payout is small and infrequent.
If you want to play them look for a machine that doesn't get used much. Something that doesn't have a sign that says "Big Payouts." Also try going using a machine that has just been used. You may get lucky with a payout that was intended for someone else.
But seriously, don't play these games. You can lose your money very quickly, and you'll be left on the casino floor broke and confused.
Blackjack or 21
I'm not going to beat around the bush, Blackjack is the best Table Game you can play in the casino. You are given a lot more control then any other game on the floor. A common misconception playing this game is that you have to beat the other players at the table. You only have to get a better hand than the dealer, and thats it! Well, not really. Blackjack is actually more in depth then you might think. So, lets dive in.
First you have to bet the minimum amount, and/or whatever amount you want as long as it's over the minimum. Start out small, especially if you're a beginner. The game can go pretty fast, and you don't want to lose your money that quick. And if you lose a hand, don't start putting in more and more money to get it back. You may get lucky, but the odds are against you. If you win start putting in a little more money every time you win another hand, and if you lose start back at the minimum and work your way back up.
After the bets are placed everyone is dealt two cards face up. The dealer also has two cards, but one of them is faced down. All the cards have certain values. Some are more obvious then others like all the numbered valued cards equal that value. A two equals a two, a five is five, and so on. The face cards, or King, Queen, Jacks, equal to a value of ten. Aces can be considered as one, or it can be an eleven. It all depends on what you have. Say you have a four and an ace. You either have a fourteen, or you have a four. Don't worry about the suit of the card. It doesn't matter if you have a Jack of Hearts and an Ace of Clubs. All that matters is the value.
Once the cards are dealt you have two options, and depending on what cards you get you have a few more choices. But for now, let's focus on the two main choices. You can either stand on what cards you have. In certain cases if you have two tens, or face cards the dealer will skip over you, because you have a great hand and your decision will definitely be to stand on 20. The next option is to hit which means the dealer will give you another card. If you have a sixteen or lower your best bet is to hit especially if the dealers up card is a seven or higher. The point is to get close to 21. If you go over, you bust which means you lose the game. If you win you'll be paid even money. You bet five dollars you'll receive five dollars back as your reward.
The other options are to spilt cards. Which you'd have to bet a similar amount of what you already have on the table, so you can play two hands. You can spilt any of the same cards, so like two 6's can be spilt, but not a four and an eight. You always spilt on 8's and Ace's. You can turn a crappie hand into an even better hand with those cards. I wouldn't advise you splitting 9's, 10's, or face cards since those equal to a great hand. The last option you have is doubling down. Which again, you'd have to bet a similar amount of money to what you already put down. But once you double down, you can't hit anymore. The best time to double down is when you have cards that equal 10 or 11. There is a greater chance you'll get a value of ten, and beat the dealer. The ten value cards take up the majority of the 8 decks being used in the game.
Now there are two more things that you can do, but most gamblers don't use them and I'd say do the same. If the dealer has an Ace as their up card they are going to check to see if they have 21. If they do, the game is over, and the cards are re-dealt. Now before they check, the dealer will ask everyone for insurance. Don't take it! The second option is when you are first dealt your cards. You have a chance to surrender if you believe to have a bad hand. It isn't worth it to do that either. You lose half of your money if you surrender your hand. You knew the risk going in it. Just play the hand and find out what happens.
Now the dealer has one rule, and when you get to the table you will see it written on there. The dealer has to hit on a 16. Also, if a player gets an automatic 21/Blackjack, the player is paid out 3 to 2 and is out of the game. So whatever the outcome of the game is, it doesn't matter to the blackjack recipient.
The dealer is not your enemy. The dealer is your friend. He or she will try to help you the best way they can. If you are stuck they will advise you to either hit, stand, split, or double down. Also, everyone at the table will try to help you too. As long as you don't piss them off by playing recklessly. Unfortunately I can't spend all day on this, so go look up Strategy For Blackjack. This will tell you how to really play the game and give you better odds at winning.
Roulette is the only game on the casino floor that is totally up to chance. I guess you can argue that all these games are luck based, but you have more control in poker or blackjack, than roulette. Since it is all up to chance this game is very risky, and you have to be careful when playing it.
Make sure you know what the minimum bet, like all other table games, before playing. Roulette doesn't operate in the same chip value. When you go place your money down on the table the dealer will ask you if you want your money back in normal chip denomination, or you could pick the mono-color based chip. If you choose the latter, the dealer will hand you a block of chips that are all the same color. This way the dealer can determine who's chips belong to who. I've placed down regular five dollar chips, and asked who they belong to. And once I had to wait for it to be verified that I put that chip down. Now you also get to choose what monetary value the chips are. One dollar, five dollars, etc. Don't say two dollars or three, because the dealer probably won't let you have that. They need to be able to do the math in their heads, and there are a lot of bets to make in roulette. AND MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THOSE SPECIAL CHIPS IN FOR THE NORMAL ONES. Those chips are not valid anywhere else in the casino.
Now that you have your special color chips, you can now start betting. There are two different ways to play. Playing the inside, which are the numbers, and playing the outside, which is everything else. Both inside and outside are considered different territories. So the minimum bet might be ten dollars, but you can't put five on the inside and five outside. You have to put ten in both.
Inside: You have 0, 00, and 1-36 as your numbers. The 00 gives the house more of the favor than you would think. If you place down your minimum ten dollar bet on one number, and win you'll get back 350 dollars. Each number pays out 35 to 1. If you risk it all and bet big, chances are you could win big. But, you don't have to bet just on one number. You can spread your ten dollars around covering ten numbers. Or you can put your chips on the lines dividing the numbers. Like so.....
Each of these different ways of betting breaks down the pay-out odds. So the split bet, betting two numbers at the same time, pays out 17 to 1. A street bet or a three number bet pays out 11 to 1. And the values get lower with four and line betting which is six numbers at once.
Outside: The outside bets pay 2-1 and even money. In the picture above, see where the line says colour bet? That row pays out even money. These are popular bets to make. And if you are just making those kinds of bets it's not worth getting the special color chips. Also the outside bets are pretty easy to understand. You have your column bets under each column of numbers. So if you bet on the middle column, and it lands on 20 you win 2 to 1. If you bet on black, (Wesley Snipes says you should do it), and if lands on 26 black then you win even money. If you bet odd then the ball has to land on an odd number for you to win, and the same with even.
After you have bet, the dealer will give you minute to make any changes to your bets while the ball finishes its spin. Then they will move their hand over the table signaling no more bets can be made. And once the ball lands on the number in the wheel the dealer will payout the winners and remove the losing chips. Don't start betting once the chips are discarded. Wait until the winner is paid out.
Like I stated before roulette is very tricky, and if you pass on this table game it's probably for the best. It isn't great to play, but if luck is on your side you'll come out with a heavier wallet.