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Which Casino Game for You?

18 September 2021

By Jerry Stickman
In 2019 (the last full year without the impact of COVID-19) Roughly 100 million adults visited U.S. casinos. That is a whole lot of people.

While not all visitors actually participated in the games on the casino floors, a vast majority of them did. Obviously with such a large number of people, there is a wide range of casino games they enjoy.

Some casino games are very simple to play. Slot machines are a great example of this. That is why slot machines are the most popular game in the casino.

Some casino games are seemingly complex to play. The game of craps with a vast assortment of possible bets and (at times) frantic actions of the players is a prime example of just such a game.

Another example of such a seemingly complex game is roulette. Similar to the game of craps, roulette has a variety of possible bets and at times has multiple players reaching over each other to place their favorite bets.

Some casino games are simply a matter of “dumb” luck. Slot machines certainly fall into the category. The player needs no knowledge to play the game. They simply place the bet and spin the reels. It is simply luck that determines whether the player wins or (more likely) loses.

Other games require a good deal of knowledge for the player to get the most out of his or her casino play.

Blackjack is one such game. Depending on the first two cards dealt and the dealer’s visible card, “basic strategy” determines whether the player should “stand” (take no more cards), “hit” (take another card), “split” (make two hands out of the two cards and add another bet equal to the original), or “double down” (double the original bet and take just one card to complete the hand). The strategy varies depending on the number of cards being dealt and the rules at the specific blackjack table. For each hand there is only one action that will maximize the players results.

Another game that requires a good deal of knowledge to maximize the players return is video poker. For each five-card hand that is dealt, there is a proper way to play it. The decision as to which card(s) to discard and which card(s) to hold changes with each hand. Those decisions are based on which hands such as a pair, three-of-a-kind, straight, flush, etc. are winners and how much that winning hand is paid. This makes video poker one of the most difficult casino games to learn to play properly.

All of the games mentioned above pit the player against the “house.” However, a very popular segment of casino play pits players against each other. Poker is that game. Several players sit at the table and play against each other. The casino makes its share by taking a portion of money wagered.

There are other poker-style games in a casino. These are played on table that is very much like a blackjack table. Like blackjack, these games also pit the player against the casino, not against each other.

There you have a very high-level look at some of the games available to casino players. Future articles will examine several different casino games. Each will briefly explain how the game is played as well as the positive and negative aspects of the game.

By the end of the series of articles, the reader should have a very good idea which game he or she might like the best.

As always, may all your wins be swift and large, and your losses be slow and small.

Jerry “Stickman”

Note: Jerry Stickman’s email address has recently changed. See below.

Jerry “Stickman” is an expert in craps, blackjack and video poker and advantage slot machine play. He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. He authored the video poker section of Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Pai Gow Poker! You can contact Jerry “Stickman” at stickmanjerryg@gmail.com

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Jerry Stickman
Jerry "Stickman" is an expert in dice control at craps, blackjack, advantage slots and video poker. He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. The "Stickman" is also a certified instructor for Golden Touch Craps dice control classes and Golden Touch Blackjack's advantage classes. He also teaches a course in advantage-play slots and video poker. For more information visit www.goldentouchcraps.com or www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 1-800-944-0406 for a free brochure. You can contact Jerry "Stickman" at stickmanGTC@aol.com.

Jerry Stickman Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com
Jerry Stickman
Jerry "Stickman" is an expert in dice control at craps, blackjack, advantage slots and video poker. He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. The "Stickman" is also a certified instructor for Golden Touch Craps dice control classes and Golden Touch Blackjack's advantage classes. He also teaches a course in advantage-play slots and video poker. For more information visit www.goldentouchcraps.com or www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 1-800-944-0406 for a free brochure. You can contact Jerry "Stickman" at stickmanGTC@aol.com.

Jerry Stickman Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com