Luck is the one thing that every gambler needs. Whether you enjoy playing in a physical casino or prefer gambling online, you can only succeed at your favourite games when Lady Luck is on your side. So it’s hardly surprising that gamblers throughout the ages have kept bizarre and fascinating good luck charms on them when they play their games. But what are the most popular good luck charms, what are their origins and how can today’s online gamblers update and use them?
The horseshoe is one of the oldest good luck charms in the world. Today, of course, nobody uses a real horseshoe – gamblers who use this charm usually opt for horseshoe-shaped cufflinks or other jewellery instead. Strangely, however, the horseshoe’s supposed lucky properties don’t have anything to do with its shape. The idea that horseshoes are lucky can be traced back to a piece of medieval folklore that states that iron can protect a person from evil magic. At the time that the myth originated, horseshoes were the most commonly-owned iron object, so they became a symbol of good luck. If you feel compelled to take advantage of the luckiness of the horseshoe symbol while gambling online, simply adding a small piece of horseshoe-shaped jewellery to your outfit is probably your best option, provided it’s made of iron.
Lucky rabbits’ feet
There’s an old joke that points out that a lucky rabbit’s foot is lucky for everyone… except the rabbit! Strangely, lucky rabbits’ feet have proved to be very popular with gamblers until relatively recently. But where does the idea that rabbits’ feet are lucky come from? It’s impossible to be certain, but the myth probably has its roots in old pagan practices, which frequently used symbols and components from animals and the natural world. If you want to use a lucky rabbit’s foot when gambling online, you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t have to do anything unpleasant to a bunny. Paganism beliefs are more symbolic than literal, so you don’t need an actual rabbit’s foot. Since you’re gambling online, you could just change your desktop wallpaper to an image of a lucky rabbit’s foot instead.
Four-leafed clovers are thought to be lucky primarily because of their sheer rarity and their association with the myths and legends of the Emerald Isle. Because the power of the four-leafed clover stems from its rarity, you should have a real one to bring you luck when you’re gambling – replicas and symbols just won’t do!
Of course, very few people still believe in lucky charms of any sort. They are rather anachronistic and today’s savvier, strategy-oriented gamblers don’t have much time for superstition. However, if you want to feel a little closer to your gambling forebears while you play online, there’s no harm in adopting a piece of horseshoe jewellery, a (fake) rabbit’s foot or a four-leafed clover. Besides, you never know, it really might bring you luck.
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Blackjack is extremely popular card game all around. When you play Blackjack your aim is to beat the dealer without going over 21.
THE VALUE OF CARDS
- The 10 and the face cards are valued at 10.
- An Ace has a value of 1 or 11.
- • The cards from 2 to 9 have their pip value, for example, the 6 card is counted as 6.
Most common hands
Blackjack or Natural
The highest valued hand formed by any Ace and a 10 value card.
A hand that has an Ace counted as 11 without busting (going over 21).
A hand that has no Ace, or with an Ace counted as 1.
How to play blackjack?
- It’s played with up to 8 decks of 52 standard cards. The dealer shuffles the decks after each game. The dealer deals the cards rom a special box.
- Bets are made before the dealer starts dealing the cards. The player is first dealt two cards and the dealer has two cards, one of which is face up and the other is face down.
- Then player has to decide how to play his hand based on his two dealt cards as well as the dealer’s up card.
- The dealer shows his hole card. When his hand is 17 or more he stands (he mustn’t take more cards). When the dealer has a hand totals 16 or under he must hit (take cards more).
- If the first two dealt cards are any 10-value card and an ace, it is natural or Blackjack, the highest hand possible.
- There are all possible bets on the table layout. The player wins 1:1 means the player wins the sum equal to his bet. The usual payout for blackjack is 3:2.
The player can double down his bet, then hit one more card and stand.
HIT means the player takes more cards.
The player isn’t going to take more cards and his hand is completed.
When the player gets 2 similar cards, he can split them, double his bet and play two separate hands.
Extra Blackjack Options
When the dealer’s face up card is an Ace, the player can make Insurance, an additional side bet that is half of the initial bet.
In the event of the blackjack player gets a Blackjack and the dealer’s face up card is an Ace, the player can make an Even Money bet. The Even Money bet is half of the initial bet.
The player can refuse to play his hand before he says: “Hit” or “Stand”. He then will lose half of his bet.
Roulette is a game that is played on the table with a special betting layout and the wheel with numbered slots.
The European Roulette has 37 numbers ranging from 1 to 36, and a single zero. The American roulette adds one slot double zero, that’s why it has 38 numbers. The numbers are red and black while single as well as double zeroes are green. The numbers on the wheel are out of sequence.
The Board and Play
- The numbers depicted on the wheel are in inconsecutive order while the same numbers are separated into 3 columns on the table layout. They are in consecutive order, from left to right.
- Between one and eight players can play roulette simultaneously. The players bet against the house in the person of a croupier.
- Players place their bets on the table with coloured chips. Once the bets have been made, the croupier spins the wheel in one direction and the ball in the opposite direction.
- When the ball stops in a numbered slot, the croupier puts a dolly on the winning number on the table, pays out all winning bets and clears the roulette table for the next spin.
Each player gets chips which differ in colour from other players’ chips. The player can place more than one bet on a single spin. Below there are all possible bets with their payouts.
Video poker is a casino game where the player tries to achieve peculiar hands rather than to beat opponents. There isn’t any chance to bluff.
How to play video poker
The basic steps are as follows:
Insert money into the video poker machine.
Push the button “Deal” or “Draw”
When you see your hand, choose a card or cards you want to retain and push the Hold button under each of the chosen cards.
Repush the Deal/Draw button.
Play as many hands as you want.
When you are ready to quit the game, push the button “Credit” or “Cash Out”.
Rank of Poker Hands
All payouts are based on five-card poker hands ranking as follows:
1. ROYAL FLUSH
Ace-King-Queen-Jack and 10 of the same suit (hearts, spades, clubs, or diamonds).
2. Straight flush
Five cards of the same suit in consecutive order; i.e., 2-3-4-5-6 of diamonds.
3. Four of a kind
Four similar cards; i.e., Ace of hearts, Ace of clubs, Ace of spades, Ace of diamonds.
4. Full house
Three cards of the same rank and two cards of another rank; for example, Ace of clubs, Ace of diamonds, Ace of spades, 8 of clubs, 8 of spades.
Five cards of a similar suit; i.e., an Ace, 10, 9, 6, 4 of hearts.
Five consecutive cards of different suits; i.e., 5 of hearts, 6 of diamonds, 7 of spades, 8 of clubs, and 9 of diamonds.
7. Three of a kind
Three cards of a similar rank; i.e., Ace of hearts, Ace of clubs, Ace of spades.
Two cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different rank; i.e., king of spades and king of diamonds, queen of hearts and queen of clubs.
Pair of jacks or better
Any pair that has at least two Jacks (also two Queens, Kings, or Aces).
Other Popular Casino Games
Baccarat is a card game played at a special table. Two hands: Player and Banker are dealt, the players bet on any of these hands or Tie. There are usually up to 14 gamblers and a croupier, two dealers at the baccarat table. The croupier calls the hands and directs baccarat players in accordance with the playing procedure. The two dealers are to pay and/or to take the players’ bets in accordance with the hand results.
Craps is a dice game played on a craps table. Players place their bets on the table layout. Players in turn become the “Shooter”, a person who throws the dice. All players bet against the casino.
Keno is a lottery like gamble, the aim of which is to guess right which numbers, from 1 to 80, to be drawn by the computer.
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