Are you tired of playing the same old games every time you go into a casino? Well, you aren’t alone. The problem is that most people are intimidated to walk up to and play a game they are unfamiliar with. There are plenty of reason why this is the case. Sometimes they are scared to lose a ton of money. Those lessons can get expensive. Other times, it comes down to etiquette. Gamblers are aware that each game a certain flow to it, and if you are unaware of the game rules and strategies, then it could make the game un-enjoyable for those playing it. For those reason, plus a host of others, most gamblers will be hesitant to try out a new game.
With the New Year here, maybe you should make a resolution to broaden your gambling horizon. The first step is to learn the basics of a few games. This should let you at least gain some insight about the game from a high level and whether or not you want to take a deeper dive into more advanced game rules and play. Below are a handful of games that are off the beaten path; and may be just the change of pace you are looking for from more popular games like Texas Hold’em or Blackjack.
1. Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow is a fusion of Asian tile games and more traditional poker. The rules are extremely easy to learn, but like most casino games, it can take a lifetime to master. Pai Gow is played with a regular 52 card deck, with an additional joker. The table has six players, plus a dealer. The object of the game is for each player to attempt to beat the banker. The banker can either be the dealer or any other player designated at the table. To accomplish this, a player has to create two poker hands out of seven cards. One five card hand and one two card hand. There are three possible outcomes per hand. If both of your hands beat the banker’s hands, then you win. If one wins and one loses, then it is a tie, or draw. If both lose, then you have lost the hand.
Baccarat is one of the truest game of chance there is. There is literally no skill involved with the game from a gameplay standpoint. The entire game is predicated on predicting the outcome of two hands against each other. You must choose between a player, the banker, or a tie. This game is typically played by high rollers, giving the short odds that it returns.
3. Red Dog
Red Dog is a version of three card poker that has become less popular in recent years, but is still available at many casinos. It is essentially a game of your hand versus odds. You are initially dealt two cards. Based on what you are dealt, it will dictate what happens next. If the two cards you are dealt are consecutive in number, you push. If you are dealt a pair, you will be dealt a third card, and could return 11:1 if you hit your set. If neither happens, then a round of wagering happens and a third card is dealt. The object is to be dealt a card that falls within the two cards that you were originally dealt. The spread between your two cards will dictate your payout.
So what do you think? Care to give them a try?