The 5 Best Casino Card Games

August 10, 2018 Off By Isobel Walters
The 5 Best Casino Card Games

The 5 Best Card Games Played in Casinos Long-time hardened gamblers, experienced players, and first-time aspiring novices alike are likely to have highly contrasting and deeply ingrained opinions regarding the 5 best card games played on casinos. Each type of player has a unique character that fits them to some card games better than to others. Some play ostensibly to profit, no matter how small, through dint of skill and mastery; others play in order to finally reach that ‘nirvana’ state of luck they have dreamed of the first time they set their feet inside the casino. Some play in order to pass the time; others play because of the social nature of the game. A good card game should have many or all of these characteristics that casino-goers look for at the gaming tables. Based on experience and knowledge, here is a list of the 5 best card games to ever grace casinos, giving a roller-coaster sort of fun to all gamblers, rocks, rounders, players, and to every other classification of avid casino gamers.

(1) Baccarat This game, originating from France, is a famous card game, known to casinos all over the world, with a simple objective – to get a two or three card hand whose sum is closer to 9 than the banker’s card sum is. All paint cards (King, Queen, Jack) and the Ten is worth 0 points; an Ace is worth 1 point. The sum is obtained by adding all card values and then dropping the tens digit if the sum is a two-digit number. If you are a player (the opponent of the banker), sufficient knowledge of probability theory may give you an advantage. If you are not a player but a bettor, you have three betting options: Banco (a bet in favor of the banker); Punto (a bet in favor of the player); a tie; or two or all of them at the same time in a single bet.

Ironically, the game’s name is also the name of the worst hand in baccarat – a sum of 0.

(2) Bridge – An overly complicated game, it is a popular casino game as well as a parlor game. The game is played by players in pairs.

Bridge is difficult to explain at first; in fact, the best way to learn bridge is to join someone in a bridge session. Nevertheless, here is one striking difference between bridge and almost all other card games: Spades exceed hearts exceed diamonds exceed clubs. In other games, suits are never ranked.

(3) Video poker – It’s just you against the machine. Try to find out the regular behaviour of the different machines, then formulate an optimal strategy that will help you win in the long run. There are thousands of people that will spend hours on this incredibly popular game. This helps Video poker onto our list of best card games.

(4) Blackjack – The repository of such snappy terms as ‘stand’, ‘hit’, and ‘card counting’, blackjack continues to be one of the most played card games.

The game befits the mathematically oriented best; one mathematics professor, Edward Thorp, has written a seminal book, “Beat the Dealer”, where he propounds a system that could turn all blackjack odds in your favor. The system, when tried, was so successful that casinos were compelled to change their rules. The objective of blackjack is to get a hand where the sum of the card values is higher than the dealer’s, but not exceeding 21. Players make various choices at their advantage, such as ‘surrender’, ‘hit’, ‘stand’, ‘double down’, or ‘split’ a pair. Lastly, here is the best card game of all time, and many other players, spectators, or just casual laypeople will agree:

(5) Poker – Poker is undisputedly the greatest card game played today.

Several events have converged to make poker the most played card game. Many forms of poker have been played in cardrooms since the beginning of the 20th century, but it was the publication of “Super System”, the best-selling poker book of all time, by Doyle Brunson in 1979, that first espoused the still-controversial idea that poker is a game of skill, and that idea gave future players the hope that they, too, could beat the game, if only they could strategize intelligently. During 1971, the World Series of Poker, the world’s premier poker tournament, was first held.

From 6 participants in the 1971 Main Event, it has expanded to a field of 7319 and a prize pool of $68,798,600 during the last 2010 Main Event alone. During that World Series, there were 57 events total, one of which is the Main Event. Poker appeals to the psychologically superb and the mathematically mighty alike. It comes in different variants: Texas Hold’Em (the most well-known), Omaha, Razz, High-Low Split, Seven-Card Stud, and many others. The multiplicity of poker variants and poker personalities led to the proliferation of thousands of books on poker alone, where in Doyle Brunson’s time, there are hardly any books on the whole field of gambling. Each different game gives players of differing creeds, races, and beliefs a unique, fulfilling experience.

As long as new generations of players continue to rise to the test – in fact many new casino players tend to favour poker over other card games – poker is going to remain steady among the 5 best card games of all time.