A Complete List of Land-Based Casino Games

A Complete List of Land-Based Casino Games

Online gambling and virtual casinos have certainly risen in popularity over the last few years. As a result, many new gamers are playing casino games online instead of at a live casino location. There are land-based casinos that are still thriving in various parts of the world. Of course, Vegas is the place people usually associate with gambling. The city definitely has some beautiful casinos with high-end amenities. However, there may also be casinos in your region that are entertaining as well. Land-based casinos offer a variety of games and activities that gamers of every skill level can enjoy. Whether you’re planning a vacation or want to visit a local casino, here are some that may grab your attention.

Bingo

Bingo

You may think of bingo as a game reserved for your grandparents. Senior citizens enjoy playing this game with friends and at community centers, and some casinos offer it as well. For this game, players match randomly chosen numbers to the numbers on their cards. An announcer will call out the numbers players should be looking for on their cards. Once a player has filled an entire column with the numbers the announcer has called, he or she yells “Bingo!” The announcer checks the card to make sure the player covered the correct spaces. The crowd learns who the winner is and prizes may vary. It’s common for casinos to host several rounds of bingo in a night. Bingo may also be a special event held once or twice a month.

The Big 6 (Wheel of Fortune)

The Big 6 (Wheel of Fortune)

Wheel of Fortune is more than just a popular TV game show. The wheel contestants use on the show is quite similar to the Big 6 wheel at casinos. To play this game, you place a bet on one of the six symbols at the game table. Then, the attendant spins the wheel. The wheel has 52 sections, and there are pins around the wheel’s edge. When the wheel stops spinning, the pointer will position itself between two pins. If there is a bet placed on the symbol that the pointer indicates when the wheel stops, the bettor wins.

Baccarat

baccarat

When you play baccarat, you’re given three choices: banker, player or tie. Once every player has placed a bet, the dealer will provide two-card hands to everyone. One hand is the banker’s hand; the other is the player’s hand. Someone adds up the number values on the cards. If the total is more than 10, the 10 not used. For instance, if the hand is 6+9, which equals 15, the 10 is dropped so the hand is now worth 5. A hand that equals 10 is 0 or baccarat. The winning hand has to be the higher of the two hands. Anyone who placed a corresponding bet before the start of the game wins.

Keno

Keno

Keno is a lottery game that is played both online and at land-based casinos. You can also go to certain convenience stores to play the game. To play keno, you get a card with a number from 1 to 80. You then select up to 20 additional numbers and a wager. You must register your card before you can officially start the game. The announcer will call 20 numbers that have been randomly drawn. You’ll try to match as many numbers on your card to the selected numbers. The more numbers you match, the more money you’ll win against your wager.

Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker

This type of poker is a little different than traditional games. You play against the house. The dealer will give seven cards to each player and deal seven to himself or herself in the rotation. Everyone takes a look at his or her cards and attempts to make the best five-card and two-card poker hands. The five-card hand has to be higher than the two-card hand. Then, the player and dealer compare hands. If both the five-card and two-card hands beat the dealer’s hand, the player wins the game. If both the player and the dealer lose, the player loses. If the player and the dealer win a hand, it is a push.

Roulette

Roulette

For roulette, gamblers place their chips on the table where they want to wager. The table features numbers 0 to 36 and 00. There are also better chances when playing even-odd games. The table also has red-black, low 18-high 18, as well as low/middle/high 12. There is also betting for the first, second, and third columns. Players also have the option of placing their bets between two, three, four, and five numbers. Or, they can cross bet between the extra betting area. The dealer will signal to indicate that people cannot place any more bets. The dealer spins the wheel in a clockwise direction then rolls a ball so that it goes counter-clockwise. The ball will land in a numbered slot on the wheel. All the bets that match the number the balls fall on win.

Blackjack

Blackjack

Blackjack is a card game that is house vs. player. The dealer will give two cards to each player, and deal himself or herself two cards as well. The dealer will have one card face down and one face up. The players take turns trying to create card combinations that are as close to 21 as possible. However, the players can’t go over 21 in their bets. Ace cards equal either 1 or 11. Face cards equal 10 and all number cards are at face value. Players call “Hit” to get cards and stand when they want to end their turns. Players can also call double, and that doubles their bets. However, they can only receive one card before their turn is over.

If a player has two cards that are the same numeric value, he or she can split. This means the player will have to double his or her bet and get two more cards. This creates two new hands he or she can play. Once all the players have taken their turns, the dealer shows the face-down card. The dealer hits if the total of the two cards is 16 or less. The dealer stands if the card total is 17 or higher. Each person who has a hand that is higher than the dealer’s hand without going over 21 wins.

Craps

craps

Craps is a popular dice game based on the number 7. The player will place bets at various areas on the table. The pass line is the focal point of the game. On the pass line, 7 and 11 are winning numbers. The numbers 2, 3, and 12 are losing numbers. All the other numbers can roll to make a point. If a player rolls the same number before the player rolls a 7, the bet wins. Craps also has a “don’t pass” line. On this line, 7 and 11 are losing numbers and 2 and 3 are winning numbers. There’s also a field line, where the winning digits are 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12. The numbers 2 and 12 are worth double pay.

Craps also includes Come and Don’t Come lines that must have established points to determine winning numbers. There are also several bets to play, including Any Seven, Big 6/8 and C&E.

Slots

slots

Slot machines are perhaps the most common casino games in the world. These machines play several different games. For the most part, the player inserts coins into the machine and presses a button or pulls a lever. This prompts the wheels, which contain symbols, to spin. In older slot machine models, there are three wheels. The newer slot machines have three to five wheels. When the wheels stop, the player receives a prize, usually in cash, based on the symbol patterns.

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A Massachusetts native, blogger Angeline Everett grew up in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and earned a degree in casino management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After graduating, Angeline moved to Atlantic City where she joined the young team at the Borgata Casino as a compliance representative, while blogging on the side. After a few years in the back office, Angeline moved to the floor to work first at a casual poker dealer and later casual poker floor supervisor. Fascinated with games of chance since she was a child, Angeline currently divides her time between blogging and work on her first book.