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Casino Games 101: Learn To Play & Gamble Like Bond

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The first time I visited a casino, I was wide-eyed, taken in by all the flashing lights and sound of coins and chips – and confused. I knew how to play Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and Blackjack from many late nights in university. As for the other games: slots, video games, roulette, baccarat, and craps – “how hard could these be,” I thought, “I’ve seen enough James Bond movies.”

It didn’t take me long to realize that I needed a quick crash course. So, here’s a quick introduction to the many popular casino games you’ll encounter at the casino. Just don on your best suit or dress and you’ll look like a pro the next time you’re in Vegas or Monte Carlo.

Blackjack

> Blackjack 101: Learning to Count to 21

It’s a little more complicated than just count to 21 – but that’s the main idea. This is one of the most simple of casino games, and also the most popular card table game by far.

Slot Machines

> Slots 101: The Classic One Armed Machines

One armed bandits – the first nickname given to slot machines when they appeared on the scene. More than half of the casino floor is made up of slot machines – and people hoping to hit the jackpot!

Roulette

> Roulette 101: Spin Spin Spin!

For those with heart problems – the exciting and suspenseful game of roulette may not be for you. Cross your fingers while you watch the ball roll around the roulette wheel and just hope that you made the right bet!

Casino Royale

> Baccarat 101: Counting to 9

Baccarat was the popular casino game played in the original James Bond: Casino Royale 1967. A close family friend of Blackjack: instead of counting to 21, you only have to count to 9 – but with a few twists.

Craps

> Craps 101: Easier Than You Think!

As one of the most complicated games, this one also has the best odds. Learn how to play this highly superstitious game, the rules on throwing the red dice, and more!

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