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Crowded card tables are often taken as a good sign that the dealer is losing. Empty tables may be ones where the dealer is winning or the people at the table are non-social.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a social sort, try cards, if you are looking for some solitude, play slots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, those glitzy casinos in Las Vegas were built with your money.

Over the long run, you cannot beat the house. So consider your gambling as recreation and stop when you have spent as much as you would on a comparable   experience.

 

You must be 21 to enter a casino, gamble at a casino or drink alcoholic beverages in any Nevada casino. Children accompanied by adults are allowed to walk through a casino on their way to various non-gambling activities. Children are not allowed to wander off the walkways connecting the elevators, restaurants, pools, activities and hotel exits. Children are not allowed to loiter in casinos or wait for parents who are gambling.

Gambling in Las Vegas can be a assault on the senses.  The cheers of the crowd at craps, the roulette ball careening around its wheel and the cacophony of sounds from the banks of slot machines all combine to entice you to ...gamble.  Well, that is why many of us go to Las Vegas.  It's likely that you do not need an introduction to gambling, but we provide a brief overview for those of you who are inexperienced and want to know what lies ahead.

Popular Games of Chance in Las Vegas


Roulette - a ball spins around a wheel and eventually falls into one of 38 pockets colored black and red (for numbers 1-36) and green for O and OO.  Players wager on a variety of number combinations with variable odds.

Baccarat - Known as "chemin de fer" in Europe, this famous casino game allows bets on the bank or the player.  Two cards are dealt from the baccarat "shoe" to both the player and the bank.  The winner is the one with cards totaling closest to 9, but face cards count as 0 and if your cards add to greater than ten, you drop ten from the total.

Pai Gow -  A game that originated in China, Pai Gow involves strategy and the use of dominoes to create two "hands" of tiles that are matched against the two sets of tiles dealt to the dealer.  Pai Gow is interesting, but you must know the rules and strategies.

Blackjack - Perhaps the most popular card game in Las Vegas, the objective in Blackjack is to have your cards total 21, or as near to it as possible.

Craps - An action packed, fast-moving dice game where a "shooter" throws the dice. Players bet on the possible outcomes before the throw and there are several betting strategies employed.

Poker A large variety of poker games are played in Las Vegas, including, 7 Card Stud, Texas Hold'em, 7 Card High-Low, 7 Card Low and many others. Most large casinos have separate "poker" rooms.

Pai Gow Poker - An adaptation of Pai Gow that adds concepts and game play from poker.

Caribbean Stud Poker - A five-card-stud poker game.

Let It Ride - A variation of poker that involves placing three bets and letting them ride depending on the potential outcome of the game. Your goal is to wind-up with a pair of tens or higher in a hand composed of three dealt cards and two community cards.

Casino War - Fast action that is packed with excitement, although it requires nerves of steel more than any real strategy. Both the player and dealer are dealt one card with the high card winning. If its a tie, you can "go to war" and high card wins.

Keno -Keno tickets are have 80 numbered boxes (1-to 80), which correspond to 80 numbered balls in a keno bowl that are randomly selected during  a game.  Game rules vary, but you usually can select 20 or less numbers.  Bet and win based on your ability to guess the results.

Slots - The most popular casino game in Las Vegas involves betting and hoping that a winning combination of numbers or symbols will result on the display, after  you press the "spin" button or crank  arm of the machine.


Getting Started

Table Games

If you are interested in playing  card or dice games, but are embarrassed because you do not know the rules, many casino run brief introductions to each of the games during the mornings. They will show you the basic rules of play, how to bet and what you are and are not allowed to do while at the tables (like place anything on a table other than chips, money or a drink).  Placing a cell phone on a table is a serious "no-no".

When playing "table games" betting limits range from the low-end ($5 ) to the high- end for each hand (all tables have a sign indicating  the low and high limit in effect at that time).  Generally you can find more low-end tables during the mornings and afternoons and less at night, when the serious gamblers appear on the scene.


Slot Machines

Slots come in an amazing variety of formats (seemingly casino dependent) and range from the penny slots to machines in the high-end rooms that may range from $50 to $500.00 per spin or higher. Most casino’s have more quarter machines that any others, followed by dollar machines, then penny-slots.  Usually there are  a limited number of high-end machines.

If you are going to play slots, join the casino’s slot club, as you can use it to gain points for free meals or even “comped” rooms and shows.

Now the bad news for those of you hoping to hear the sound of falling coins being deposited in the bin when you hit that big jackpot. Many casinos have converted over to slots that print receipts, instead of dropping coins into the hopper when you choose to "cash-out".  The paper receipt shows the amount returned and bears  a bar-code that indicates how much you have won. You can insert the receipt into another slot machine( but only in that specific casino) and play based on the value of your ticket.  If you prefer, you can take the receipt to a cashier and get the cash, or in some cases you can put it into an ATM-like machine that automates the payout process and returns cold cash to you.

Next, don’t bother to wrap up the rolled coins and take them to Las Vegas. Convert them to cash at home and bring dollars. Most machines do not accept coins, instead they gobble dollars and when they do return something coin-like to you (getting rare) it is a token, which you must convert to money at a cashier's "cage"

You will, however, still hear the cacophony of bells, buzzers, dings, and rings in the slot machine area. Finally you will find yourself responding almost hypnotically to the sound you hear whenever you walk by slot machines in Vegas – and that is a recorded crowd chanting “Wheel of Fortune...Wheel of Fortune”. Trust us, it’s going to haunt you.

Just the Facts

On a yearly basis, gamblers bet a lot of money on games of chance in the state of Nevada and the largest percentage of that sum was in "action" on the Strip in Las Vegas.  The Strip Casinos "make" billions on those wagers, which should  help you understand that gambling is a business that favors the house.  Finally, note that the casinos "win" more money on slots than on table games.

Love Gambling?

Gambling can be addictive for some.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, consider visiting this site for some help http://www.responsiblegambling.org/en/index.cfm .

 

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Computerized poker is gaining in popularity

 

The Casino interiors can be ornate, as is this ceiling in the Venetian Casino

 

Many people split-up and play different games while in a casino, thinking they will hook-up by cell phone when they want to meet. Our experience is that the reception on cellular telephones in casinos is terrible. A better alternative is set a time to meet at an agreed upon spot. 

Also, you cannot use cell phones at a gaming table.

         

 

 

 

 

 

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