The rules of casino games are extraordinarily varied. Some games are more about luck, like Bingo or Roulette. Others, on the other hand, require more thought and good strategies such as Blackjack or Poker. That’s why it’s sometimes referred to as a sport.
Rules of Gambling games
Baccarat is one of the most famous casino games. It was first played in the Middle Ages and its name comes from the Italian word for “zero”, which highlights the game’s most distinctive feature: the zero value of the numbers and tens.
Beginning and principle of the game
The object of Baccarat is to bet on which hand (the player’s or the banker’s) will get the point total closest to 9. The bettor can also bet on a tie.
Baccarat is played with a 52-card deck. The player and the bank (the virtual one in the casino) are dealt two cards according to a specific distribution: the first and third cards drawn are for the player, while the second and fourth cards are for the bank. A third card may be drawn for each hand in specific cases. All cards are dealt face up.
The value of the cards is therefore 0 for face cards and 1 for Aces. The other cards are worth their face value. To calculate the scores, which only go from 0 to 9, the last digit of the sum of the cards in hand must be taken into account.
The course of the game
If one of the hands has an 8 or 9 (called a “natural”), then that hand wins the game. If both hands have an 8 and/or a 9, then the higher natural wins. A tie occurs if both hands have the same nature. If no one gets an 8 or 9, then the player must continue the game.
The end of the game
The winning hand is the one whose total is closest to 9. Winning bets on the Player’s hand are paid 1-to-1, as are winning bets on the Banker’s hand. However, in the latter case, 5% of the winnings are automatically deducted for the benefit of the house.
If both hands are equally matched, the tie bet pays 8-to-1. Bets on both hands are invalidated and not paid.
Blackjack is a card game that is most often played with four 52-card decks (two of one suit, two of another) in land-based casinos. The game programs usually use one deck on the internet, but it is completely reshuffled after each move to avoid fraud, such as card counting.
The principle is simple. The aim is to get 21 points or as close to it as possible without ever exceeding this value. However, if the player reaches 21 points in 3 or more cards, it is considered as “point 21” and not as a “Blackjack”.
Kings, Queens, and Jacks are called ‘high cards’ and are worth 10 points each. Aces are worth 1 point or 11 points, depending on what the player decides. The rest of the cards count for their face value.
The games range from one to seven players. Each player plays individually against the dealer. When the call “Place your bets” is made, the players place their bets in front of them in a designated area on the gaming floor. Using a shoe containing the six 52-card decks, the dealer will deal (one at a time and clockwise) two cards to each player and to himself.
The cards dealt with the players are visible to all, but only the first one given to the dealer is turned over. The second card, whose value the dealer does not know, remains face down on the table until all participants have played.
The final phase of the round
When the dealer has finished serving the players and collecting the bets from those who lost, he reveals his face-down card. The dealer’s play is automatic and depends entirely on the rules set out in the rules (which rarely vary between casinos). Each time the dealer’s total is 16 or less, he must take an extra card, and each time his total is 17 or more, he stays.
Once the dealer has been informed of his result, he proceeds to pay out the winnings, starting with the player on his right. He doubles the bet of all those who have more than him and collects the bet of those who have less. If he has “burned out”, i.e. exceeded 21 points, the dealer doubles all the bets still in play.
Craps is an American game of money. It is played with two dice and the object is to guess the result. Its biggest feature is that, unlike most casino games, it is the players and not a dealer who rolls the dice. The competition is between the players, not between a player and the dealer.
How a game is played
In a craps game, each player takes turns rolling the dice in a clockwise direction. Before rolling the dice, the player must first place a bet on either a regular bet (pass or ‘pass line’) or the opposite bet (don’t pass).
If the regular bet is chosen, the player who throws the dice (called the shooter) wins when he rolls a 7 or 11. The shooter is then said to have rolled a ‘natural’.
If he rolls a 2, 3, or 12 (i.e. craps), he loses. Conversely, if the player chooses the second option, he wins with a 2 or 3 (but not a 12) and loses if he rolls a ‘natural’.
If the player draws a ‘point’, i.e. the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, he must continue to throw the dice either until he draws the same ‘point’ again or until he draws a 7.
If the player has bet on “passes”, he wins the “point” of the number he repeated and loses if he rolls a 7. If the player has bet on “does not pass”, he wins if the 7 comes up and loses if he rolls the same “point” again. When the player rolls a 7 or repeats the point, the game stops, and every one bets again.
If the shooter wins the bet, he continues to throw; if he loses, it is up to a new player to throw the dice.
Although the word “Keno” has Latin origins (“quini” meaning 5), the game probably originated in China over two thousand years ago. Very popular, it is said to have been imported to the United States as early as the 19th century.
The aim of the game
The game of Keno is often compared to the game of Lotto. In both cases, participants must buy a ticket and then select a certain number of numbers from it. Players then win a certain amount of money depending on their wager, the betting option they choose, and most importantly, the number of numbers (that they previously selected) that come up in the draw.
The Keno game is traditionally played with a numbered ticket of 80 numbers. Players are free to mark from 1 to 15 numbers. The draw is made with 20 balls, which have the same function as in standard lottery games. The ticket is usually divided into two parts, with the first part containing numbers from 1 to 40 and the second part containing numbers from 41 to 80.
The five ways to bet on Keno
Bet: The player must have marked at least one number to activate this option. This is effectively a single bet, with the player able to select up to 15 numbers.
Bet against: The player must have selected at least eight numbers to place a bet against. The principle of the game is reversed: the participant bets that the selected numbers will not come up in the draw. The player only wins if none of the numbers are drawn.
Hit all: This option can be activated when the player marks 2 to 7 numbers. The player then bets that all these numbers will come up in the next draw. The player only gets paid if all the selected numbers come up.
High roller: The player must have selected at least one number to activate this game option. This option is the same as the “bet” option, but more of the selected numbers must come up in the draw. As a result, the payouts are higher.
Top or bottom: This option is available before any bet is made. The player actually bets that the bottom (1 to 40) or top (41 to 80) of the board will have fewer numbers drawn than the opposite side. The player does not have to select a number or even choose between the “high” or “low” side. He will only bet on the fact that there will be a difference in numbers between the two sides. The winnings are thus determined according to the difference between the high and low parts of the table.
Roulette is a game of chance in which the players, whose number is not fixed, are opposed to a banker via a roulette wheel and a game table, both numbered. Here we refer to the French (European) roulette.
The most famous game of chance
The game of roulette is played on a table consisting of a roulette wheel and a playing mat. The wheel is divided into 37 squares numbered from 0 to 36. Each number has a black or red colour (and green for 0). The aim of the game is to anticipate the number that will come up by placing bets on the carpet according to the numbers and colours.
How the game is played
The game starts when the dealer rolls the wheel. He spins it in one direction, then throws a ball (made of ivory) into the cylinder surrounding the wheel. He opens the bets by saying “place your bets”.
When the ball hits the roulette wheel, the croupier announces “all bets are off” to indicate that the betting is about to end.
Finally, when the ball lands on the numbered squares, the croupier says “no more bets”. After this phase of the game, all bets are refused. The ball will then bounce from square to square until the roulette wheel stops spinning and designates the colour and the outgoing number.
Sic Bo rules
Sic Bo is a dice game that originated in China several hundred years ago. Also known as “Tai Sai”, it is extremely popular in Asia.
Sic Bo is less present in virtual casinos than in land-based casinos. However, with future changes in gambling legislation in Canada, new Sic Bo sites may emerge.
Purpose of the game
The aim of Sic Bo is to find the winning numbers or combinations. In this extremely simple game, there are still 50 different ways to place a bet.
Tips for winning at Sic Bo
Be consistent in your betting, whether or not you have a game strategy. For example, statistically, there is little chance of 3 times the number 2, so don’t bet on doubles or triples unless it’s your lucky day. You can get paid up to 180 to 1.
Don’t bet excessive amounts because neither you nor anyone else can control the will of the dice. We recommend that you choose one of these bets, which are the least risky: the low bet, which allows you to win large sums of money by betting on a total draw amount between 4 and 10. The high bet allows you to bet on a total draw amount between 11 and 17, on a 1:1 basis. You will win less but have a better chance of getting a lot of money in the short term.
The single bet can win you more because the payout rate is higher for a single number.
The very basis of the Sic Bo game is chance. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, everyone will have a chance. But experience will allow you to adjust your bet according to what you want to play, but more importantly, what you want to win.
Few online casinos offer the game of Sic Bo, either for real money or for fun. It is recommended to pay attention to the security of the games on some sites, to see if welcome bonuses are offered, and the attention that will be given.