The History of Casino Games

Slots

Slots have been around since the late 1800s. They started as mechanical “one-arm bandits.” During the 1960s, electricity was introduced to the slot machine. This gave the machine a lot more flair in the form of flashing lights and loud sounds. Casino bonus rounds and progressive jackpots made slots even more attractive. As the computer age set in, slots became way more complicated that mechanical machines.

Now there are all sorts of slots available online. Single reel slots don’t cost that much. Multi-lines give you more opportunities to win. Progressive jackpots are the way to go if you want the chance to win a large lump sum (just remember to play the maximum amount of credits). Remember to find the slots that offer the highest payouts. Those are always the best bets.

Video Poker

If you like slots, you should test out video poker. As slots grew in popularity, efforts were made to integrate casino staple games into the machines. Blackjack and poker were excellent candidates. Like slots, video poker lets you play at your own pace, but unlike slots, video poker forces you to think strategically about your actions. There are decisions to be made in five-card draw. These decisions affect how much money you win or lose. If you play video poker games with high payout percentages, and if you use the appropriate strategy, you’ll enjoy a nice return on your wagers.

Roulette

Roulette comes in two varieties, American and European. In the 19th century, the American roulette wheel was fashioned with an additional space, the double zero. The wheel that is used in European roulette has 37 spaces, and the American wheel has 38 spaces (with two spaces being green: zero and double zero). If you want to decrease the house’s edge, play European roulette. It’ll increase your long term odds of winning. If you have the choice, there’s really no reason to not go Euro.

Blackjack

Blackjack is derived from the French game vingt-et-un, or “21.” In the 19th century, the game 21 made it’s way to casinos in America. In an effort to boost the games popularity, casinos started offering special bonus payouts for a “blackjack” hand. A winning blackjack hand had the Ace of spades and one black jack (club or spade). This stunt not only boosted the games popularity, it gave the game the name we know it by today. If you play blackjack using basic strategy, you can grow your bankroll with consistency.

Craps

There’s no denying the prominent role that dice have played in the history of casino games. Dice have global appeal. Every culture in the world has had a wagering game based on the six-sided cubes. As international gambling influences intersected, dice games evolved. Some people believe that the modern day craps game has it’s origins in the English game Hazard. The French borrowed this game, and called it Crabs. A similar craps game was played in New Orleans in the early 19th century.

The craps table that we all know and love today was created by John H. Winn. His design allowed players to make right and wrong bets that were either for or against the shooter. When you play craps, just stick to the pass, don’t pass, come and don’t come bets. Avoid making the bets located at the center of the table.

 

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