Craps: How to play

crapsCraps is a dice game, with a game taking place in two separate phases.

The first one is the come out roll; with the thrower having to obtain the total, which allows him to «pass».

  • If he gets 2, 3 or 12, it’s a Craps, meaning that he does not pass(with a total of 2 or 3 players betting on the game’s inverse – called the don’t pass line; will be the winners, while a sum of 12 means a null hand).
    • Sums of 7 and 11 allow him topass.
    • For a total of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 o 10 the point is fixed; and the croupier places a tile with the word ON written on it on the respective box.

The second phase of the Craps game starts as soon as the point is established, and in order to win, one should get the same total amount through sum of the two dice.

If the thrower gets 7, he loses.

If he doesn’t obtain neither the point nor the 7; the result is still suspended and the thrower shall try again, until he gets the point or the 7.
Craps’ minimum bet amounts to 10 euros.
The number of players may vary from 1 to 16

The Craps game thrills because of the bets’ variety, which challenges the player to implement subtle strategies; and for the active and thrilling participation coming from throwing the dice. The Playhouse is the bank, which is ran by four employees: the boxman which surveys, the stickman which announces the throws’ outcomes and collects the dice, two dealers placing, retiring and paying the bets.
The shooter has to put a mandatory base bet, comprised between a minimum and a maximum, on the Pass line combination or, in alternative, on Don’t Pass, and he can bet on other combinations too. Other players, even if they don’t shoot the dice, may bet freely, without being subjected to the obligation of betting on Pass line or Don’t pass.
The actual game can be articulated in the three following phases:
– Initial phase or Come out,
– Midgame or Come point,
– Final phase or Sevening out.

Initial Phase – Come out roll

The thrower, as soon as he receives the dice from the stickman, performs the opening roll (Come out roll). He has to throw the dice in a calculated way in order to hit the farther edge from the occupied position; and make them bounce.
In this first phase, the Pass line bet wins; and is payed evenly, if the launch delivers the 7 or 11 (Natural) numbers, while it loses; if the launch delivers the numbers 2, 3 or 12 (Craps). The opposite happens for the Don’t Pass bet, which loses with 7 or 11 and wins with 2 or 3; the only difference is with the number 12 which, if thrown, will cause a tie, or Stand off.

  • In these cases the game promptly finishes and; after all bets have been payed or retired, the shooter will throw the dice again; starting a new game with a new Come Out roll. If, instead, at Come Out roll a number among the remaining 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is extracted; meaning neither Natural nor Craps, this number becomes the shooter’s point, or reference score.
    Once the point is established, the betters can no longer change their bet from Pass to Don’t pass; however, they will still be able to choose among a vast variety of bets at each launch.

Midgame – Come point

The thrower keeps on throwing dice while trying to repeat the point he decided. In this phase, line bets are bound and, precisely, the Pass line bet can be increased but it can’t be either retired nor diminished, while Don’t pass can be diminished or retired, but not increased.
The pass line bets won’t be resolved. Until the thrower repeats the point; or draws a 7; rolling of the remaining numbers, excluding 7 and point, does not affect the Pass line or the Don’t Pass, only affecting matching combinations. If the thrower repeats the point, Pass line wins (this is scoring), and he keeps the right of throwing dice. If, instead, he scores 7 it is Seven out, and the final phase of the game begins.

Final phase – Sevening out

At Seven out, all bets will lose, including Pass line, so the roller has to quit the right to roll the dice. Don’t pass bets win, but the thrower equally loses the right to roll. The Stickman will assign the dice rights to the next player, in a clockwise rotation.


Come and Don’t come
Are performed only after the score has been established. They follow the same rules as Pass and Don’t pass; but when an across (meaning 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) number comes out, the Come bets are passed by the dealer in the number’s box, and Don’t come bets behind the number where they can be reinforced respectively through Odds and Lay odds.

Pass line bets in second hand, at a fixed score, and Come too, introduced by the dealer in the box number, may be reinforced by accessory bets called Odds, up until a maximum amounting to twice the bet (Double odds). Percentages for payment of Odds bets vary based on the established score:
– 2 at 1 for numbers 4 or 10,
– 3 at 2 for numbers 5 or 9,
– 6 at 5 for numbers 6 or 8.

Lay odds
Don’t pass bets, at a fixed score, and Don’t come ones; introduced in the behind box when an across number shows up, may be reinforced; by accessory bets called Lay odds. These bets are called “lay” due to the peculiarity; that wins are payed in an inferior measure to what was bet. Indeed, when a Seven out comes around; they are paid based on the marked number as follows:
– 1 at 2 for numbers 4 or 10,
– 2 at 3 for numbers 5 or 9,
– 5 at 6 for numbers 6 or 8.
Lay odds lose when the score shows.
Odds and Lay odds can be removed, diminished or increased up until the established maximum, at all moments in the game.

Place bet or Accross
Bets, after score assessment, on numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. The win is payed as follows:
– 9 at 5 for numbers 4 or 10,
– 7 at 5 for numbers 5 or 9,
– 7 at 6 for numbers 6 or 8.
They lose when number 7 shows up (Seven out), in all remaining cases the bets are still valid (multi roll bet). They are inactive during the come out phase, unless the player explicitly required activation.

Lay bet
Bets against the coming out of a number from the across line, with an immediate 5% withdrawal on the expected win, on behalf of the Playhouse. The player bets that number 7 will appear before the number he bet against of does.
He wins if 7 appears, he loses if the number he bet on appears, he stays in-game if another number appears. Considering the relatively high probability of number 7 showing up, wins are payed with inverse quotes and, precisely, playing against number:
– 4 or 10 winning 1 at 2
– 5 or 9 winning 2 at 3
– 6 or 8 winning 5 at 6.
Lay bets can be placed, modified or removed at all times.

Winning at appearance of numbers: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
Even payment, with exception for numbers 2 and 12, which feature double payment.
They are One roll bets, and loss happens with appearance of numbers 5, 6, 7 or 8.

BIG 6 and BIG 8
Win through appearance of 6 or 8, even payment.
Loss only with number 7, therefore they are Multi roll bets.
Playable at all times, they may be removed or modified.

Hot Dice Champion
The bet has to be placed on the matching symbol before the roller performs the initial launch, at the condition that the player has bet on Pass line or Don’t pass.
Appearance at Come out roll of 7 or 11, or rather Craps, 2, 3 or 12 – in other terms, winning or losing at the Come out roll – does not affect Hot Dice Champion. The object of the bet is obtaining the highest possible individual score from the shooter eventually before a Seven out. For individual score we intend the score (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) established by the Come out roll and winner after repetition.
The first three individual points are not paid, however, the fourth, fifth and sixth ones are payed with progressive quotes based on the respective table.
Appearance of the Seven Out determines the end and loss of the Hot Dice Champion.

Bets in the central part of the mat

Bets on 4 (double of 2), 6 (double of 3), 8 (double of 4) and 10 (double of 5).
– 10 x 1 payment for double 3 (hard six) or for double 4 (hard eight);
– 8 x 1 payment for double 2 (hard four) or for double 5 (hard ten).
They lose with 7 and also with the respective “easy” number, they remain in-game in all remaining cases (multi roll bet). They may be removed, diminished or increased.

Seven, eleven and Craps two, three and twelve
They are played with only one roll of the dice (One roll bet).
– 7, 5 x 1 payment
– 3 and 11, 16 x 1 payment
– 2 and 12, 31 x 1 payment.

Any Craps
It is played with only one roll of the dice (One roll bet).
It wins with 2, 3 and 12, it loses with other numbers.
8, 5 x 1 payment.

Lucky bet
It is played with only one roll of the dice (One roll bet).
– Double 2, 3, 4, 5, 31 x 1 payment
– 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16 x 1 payment.

Poker: How to Play

pokerPoker is a glamorous game, which is gaining popularity due to its appearance in television and movies. We often see the hero, playing the villain and raising the heat of room with his every move. The game of poker is a game of nerves. It involves judging body language and each and every move of the opponent while controlling your own nerves and facial expressions that can signal to your opponent regarding the situation of your hand. Poker is a very easy game, though there are a lot poker rules but with sufficient practice everyone can master it.  If you are keen to learn to play poker, this article will introduce you to this thrilling game. The foremost thing that you will need to learn and memorize is the rank of hands in poker. There are 10 different kinds of hands in poker which determine the winner.

Ranking of Hands in Poker: Before we dive into rank of hands, let us see how cards are ranked. Like most of the other card games Ace is the most valuable card in Poker, followed by King, Queen and then Jack. After Jack the value of card decreases as they go down, 10 through 2. Hence Ace is the card with the highest value and 2 is the least valuable card. Now we are familiar with the card ranking, let us see how hands are ranked in poker. We will start with the most valuable hand and will move down subsequently.

Royal Flush: The royal flush is the best hand you can make in poke. It’s when you have an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all belonging to the same suit. It is the most valuable hand of poker and the player with such a hand wins the pot. There are only four possible royal flushes you can make in poker as there are only four suits in a deck of cards. If the two players have the royal flush, the pot is equally divided among the two as there is no mechanism to break the tie because all suits have equally priority in poker.

Straight Flush: The next in the line of hands is the ‘Straight Flush’. Straight flush means a player has any five cards of a same suit in a sequence. For example if you have 9, 10. Jack, Queen, King and all of them are hearts, it means you have a King high straight flush. As you might have guessed that more than one player can have a straight flush so how the tie is broken? Well it’s easy. If two or more players have a straight flush the person with the highest card wins. Consider the following scenario.

Player 1: [ 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6] Hearts

Player 2: [ 5. 6. 7, 8, 9 ] Spades
As you can see that both players have a straight flush, but player 2 has highest card i.e. 9 of spades hence player 2 wins.

Four of a Kind: The next highest ranked hand is the four of a kind, also known as ‘Quads’. As the name suggests, if you have four same cards, it means you have four of a kind. For example if you have [King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Diamonds and King of Clubs], your hand will be called four of a kind. Again if 2 or more players have the same hand, the player with the higher card making four of a kind, will win. Consider the following example:

Player 1: [King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Diamonds and King of Clubs]

Player 2: [Jack of Spades, Jack of Hearts, Jack of Diamonds and Jack of Clubs],

Who do you think will win? Of Course, player 1 as King is more valuable than Jack.

Full House: Full house means you have 3 cards of the same number and 2 cards of another number. Let me show you by example. If you have [King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Diamonds and 8 of Diamonds, 8 of Clubs], it means you have a full house. The above particular hand will be called “Kings full of 8’s”. Again a tie can occur and two or more players may have a full house. In this case the pot is awarded to the player having most valuable 3 of a kind. Let’s have a look at a tie in a full house in the game of poker.

Player 1: [Jack of Clubs, Jack of Clubs, Jack of Clubs, 7 of Spades, 7 of Spades]

Player 2:  [King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Diamonds and 8 of Diamonds, 8 of Clubs] In the above scenario, Player 2 is the winner as King is more valuable than Jack and player 2 has a full house with the King.

Flush: Moving on, the next highest hand in the game of poker is ‘Flush’. When a player has a hand full of all five cards belonging to the same suit, it is said to be a Flush. It is important to note here that the sequence does not matter in flush. Example: [2 of Spades, 4 of Spades, 5 of Spades, Queen of Spades, Ace of Spades ] The possibility of tie in flush is higher, so if a tie occurs the pot is awarded to the player with the highest card in the flush. If the highest card is same the second highest card is compared to break the tie, so on and so forth.

Straight: If a player collects any five cards that are in a sequence, it is said to be a ‘Straight’ hand. In straight, the suit does not matter. Player can have all cards belonging to different suits but they should be in a sequence. Let’s have a look: [King of Spades, Queen of Clubs, Jack of Diamonds, 10 of Hearts, 9 of Spades] Same strategy is applied to break the tie in straight hand. The highest cards are compared and the player having the most valuable card wins.

Three of a Kind: This hand is just like the four of a kind. The difference is there is a set of three same cards and the other 2 cards are different. They don’t match each other. Here is a demonstration of three of a kind. [Jack of Clubs, Jack of Diamonds, Jack of Spades, King of Hearts, 3 of Clubs] Like other hands, possibility of tie is still there. Tie is broken by the comparison of the cards of three of a kind set. The player having the highest 3 of a kind is the winner.

Two Pairs: Two of a pair contains two sets of pairs and one ODD card. Have a look at the arrangement for the better understanding. [ King, King, Jack, Jack, 5 ] If a tie occurs in two pairs, the cards of first set are compared. If still there is a tie the cards of the second set are compared and if the tie still exists, winner is decided by the ODD card. In such a situation the ODD card is called the ‘Kicker’.

One Pair: One pair is the next valuable hand in the stack. A player has a pair of same cards and the other three cards are different. Here is a one pair demonstration: [King, King, Ace, 10, 2] In case of tie, the one pair cards are compared and if they are same the strategy is repeated with the different cards of the hand till the tie is broken.

High Card: If none of the players have a pair in hand, the winner is determined by comparing cards. The player with the highest card is the winner. So these were the basic and most important rules of game of poker. If you want to try it, you can play poker online. A variety of online poker casinos are available where you can play poker with the system free of charge.

Once you have mastered the hands and moves, you are ready to take down the world. Have fun.



Roulette: How to Play

rouletteRoulette meaning “little wheel”, is one of the most popular casino games. The game of roulette is famous for the simplicity of its rules and the thrill which it offers. Each spin of the wheel spikes the adrenaline level of the bettors and they chew their nails off in suspense and excitement. Besides fun and thrill, roulette is also quite a profitable game for bettors; choose in online casino list. It pays as high 35 to 1 which means you can bag some serious money if your luck chooses you as it’s godson.

Before you hit the casinos, let’s go over the rules of roulette.

As described above, this game has very simple rules and once you will be finished with this article, hopefully you will be a roulette master.

How to play Roulette online casino

The wheel of roulette has 36 slots marked with numbers 0 through 36, although american roulette games differ a little with an extra 00 slot on the roulette wheel to bump up the casino advantage a little. Each slot also has a red or black color.

So how this game works? Roulette is a straight up betting game. A player can bet on:

  • A specific number
  • A range of numbers
  • Whether the number will be EVEN or ODD
  • Color of the Slot
  • Columns
  • Rows etc.

Each bet pays different and according to its odds. Bets are placed on roulette table that correlates with the roulette wheel. After the bets are placed, the roulette dealer places a small ivory colored ball in the wheel and spins the wheel of roulette. If the ball lands on one of the numbers on which a player has a bet on, he takes the money. If not, money goes to casino.

Roulette offers a variety of bets for it’s players. A gist of these bets was described above in the article, now let’s see the bets in more detail.
Bets in roulette can be classified into two main types.

  1. Inside Bets
  2. Outside Bets

Inside Bets:
Inside bets are placed on specified numbers mentioned on the roulette table.

  • Straight Up Bet:
    In straight bet you can bet on a single number and if your number shows up you will be paid 35 to 1. The odds that the ball will end up in the number slot you have selected are very low in this bet and that is why it pays high. Casino has an advantage of 5.26% on this bet. You should only make this bet if you are Frane Selak. For those of you who don’t know this guy, Mr. Selak cheated death 7 times. 2 more lives to go Frane !!
  • Split Bet:
    In split bet you have a choice to bet on two numbers, the chip is placed on the line splitting the two numbers, thus called split bet. If either of your number is a winner, you will be paid 17 to 1 by the casino. Casino advantage on split bet is 5.26%.
  • Corner Bet:
    If you put chip in an area that splits four numbers, it is called corner bet. If any of the four numbers is a winner you will be paid off at 8 to 1. Casino gains an advantage of 5.26% on corner bet.
  • Street Bet:
    You can place a chip at the beginning of the row of numbers on roulette table. This bet is called street bet. If any of the three numbers comes in, you’ll be paid off 11 to 1. Casino advantage on this bet is 5.26%.
  • Double Street Bet:
    If you put the chip on the line between two streets, you will be betting on 6 numbers and this bet is called double street bet, as it covers two streets. The pay off on this bet is 5 to 1 if any of six numbers come up. Casino advantage on this bet is also 5.26%.
  • 5-Number Bet:
    You can also place a bet on 5 numbers. In order to do so you put a chip on the line between 0 and 1. The bet covers 00, 0, 1, 2 and 3. 5-number bet pays 6 to 1. With the casino advantage of 7.89%, this is particularly not a good bet.

Outside Bets:
Outside bets doesn’t necessarily specify a particular number instead they are placed on type of numbers, colors, columns and whether numbers will be high or low. Let us look more into the outside bets and their pay offs.

  • Color Betting:
    If you place your chip on red or a black cover on the roulette table and the ball lands on your selected color you will be paid 1 to 1, meaning you get 1 dollar for every dollar you’ve bet.
  • Even or Odd Bet:
    If you put your chip on Odd, and odd number comes up on the roulette wheel spin, you’ll be paid off 1 to 1. Same goes for even numbers. If you bet on an even number then the ball must land on an even number in order for you to win.
  • High-Low Betting:
    As there are 36 numbers on roulette wheel, you are allowed to bet on low numbers that are numbers 1 to 18 and high numbers 19 to 36. If you bet on low and the ball lands on any number between 1 and 18, you will be paid 1 to 1. Likewise you can also place a bet on high numbers 19 through 36. Payoff is same.
  • Dozen Bets:
    Numbers 1 to 36 contain three dozens. 1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36. You have a choice to bet on any one of them. If the ball lands on the number that belongs to your chosen dozen you will be paid off 2 to 1.
  • Column Bets:
    Numbers 1 to 36 are divided in 3 columns on the roulette table, you are allowed to place your bet on any of the three columns. If the winning number is from your column you will be paid 2 to 1 by the casino.

Casino has an advantage of 5.26% on all outside bets.

So folks that was a thorough lesson on the thrilling game of roulette. If you like this game first give it a try online. You can find a lot of online roulette dealers. Once you’ve mastered every rule and bet, you can try your luck in the casino. May the odds be in your favor. 🙂

Blackjack: how to play

blackjackHave you heard about the legendary MIT blackjack team? A team of ex-MIT students headed by Mr. M, a professor at the same institute, this team used sophisticated strategies and card counting techniques to beat the casinos at their own game. They even came up with a system supported by mathematical rules that was so accurate that they almost never lost and made millions of dollars beating the casinos all over the world.

Blackjack is one of the simplest yet most famous online casino game. It is played against the house. The beauty of this game is simplicity. It is one of the few casino card games that are under your control and if you keep your head in the game, there is a good chance that you will keep winning although it has become quite difficult. The rules of the game have evolved and the casinos have come up with different strategies of their own to keep you from winning every time. For example when blackjack started, casinos used one or maximum two decks, so it was possible to keep track of cards. Now they use more than two decks and it is very difficult to keep track of the cards already dealt. Nonetheless blackjack is still a very simple and fun game. Let us teach you the rules of blackjack and how to play blackjack and ace this amazing and fun little game.

How to play blackjack online casino

Rules of Blackjack:
Rules of blackjack are quite simple. Two or more than two standard decks of cards are used to play the game.

Value of Cards:
Kings, Queens and Jacks are worth 10 points. Cards 2 through 10 have points equal to their face value. Aces can be used for either 1 point or 11 points.

The goal of the game is to beat the dealer’s total without exceeding the total of 21. Confused? Let me clear that for you. The player has to draw cards and when he thinks his cards are worth more points than the cards in dealer’s hand without going over the total of 21, he shows his cards and they are compared. If the player’s cards are worth more points than the dealer, player wins. If it’s the other way around, the house wins the bet. If the points are equal, it’s a tie which is called push, in blackjack’s jargon. Winning by the best combination i.e. if you have two cards worth 21 points pays $7.50 on a $5 dollar bet and it is called blackjack. If the dealer also totals 21 on two cards you, you get the original bet back.

Blackjack Jargon:
You have to make yourself at home with the basic jargon of the game of blackjack before you set out to play this game. Like the rules, terminologies used in the game of blackjack are also simple and easy to remember. There are five basic terminologies used in blackjack. Hit, stand, double down, split and insurance.

When player asks for more cards to get closer to the total of 21 it’s called a hit. Hit is called by the player when he is not satisfied with his total so he asks the dealer for more cards in hopes of reaching closer to 21 or even getting the total of 21 to beat the dealer’s total. If the player exceeds the total of 21 in hopes of getting closer to it, for example a player has a king and a 7, so that’s 10+7 = 17 points, and he wants to get more closer to 21 and calls a hit, instead of getting cards 2 through four he gets a card worth more than 4 points say 5. Now the total will be 10+7+5=22. This situation is called a bust when a player exceeds the total of 21. The rules of calling hit are different. If you are playing in a casino you may have to point towards your card or scratch your cards on the table. You cannot say Hit verbally, this rule is implemented in order to assist the security cameras so if a dispute arises, it can be solved with the help of CCTV cameras.

When a player is satisfied with his cards and is sure that his current total is enough to beat the total of dealer he stands. Player of the blackjack chooses not to draw anymore cards for the current round and hopes that he will beat the dealer with his current cards. Like Hit, calling stand has also its rules. If you are playing with your friends or family you can say it verbally, but in casinos you have to slide your cards under your bet in order to stand. You might have guessed the reason, yes security cameras!

Double Down:
You can double your current bet if you want to, but you can only draw one more card after doubling down. In other words you can only Hit once after you’ve doubled down. If you have a good combination of cards and you are sure you’ll be able to beat the dealer, doubling down is a good option.
In order to double down, the player places chips next to original bet. They are of the same value as the original bet.

If a player is dealt two cards of the same domination, he can split the cards and use one of the card for the second hand. He plays the current hand normally until he busts or stands and then the dealer place the card from the previous hand as the first card in the second hand.

Player has an option of taking insurance if the dealer’s faceup card is an Ace. Insurance is a bet that the facedown card dealer has, is worth ten points. So he completes a blackjack with these two cards. If you win the bet and dealer does have a blackjack, you come out even though you lost the hand. Dealers persuade the players to take the insurance if they don’t have a blackjack, if the player takes it and dealer does not have a blackjack player loses the insurance bet and also the hand if he can’t beat the dealer. Hence he gains nothing. So folks these were some basic rules of the king of card games, the blackjack. Go nuts!