Table games are a fan favorite in every casino. No matter if you choose a classic, Vegas-themed casino, or rather an online one, you will find a solid gaming library. So, what are the most popular table and card games today? Read along to find out!
The Allure of Table Games
As the name would suggest, table games are all the casino games that require a table in order to be played. In order for the games to run smoothly, there is a dealer — a professional that deals the cards and makes sure every part of each run goes as it should. Basically, you are playing against them. And if you ever played in a European casino, you might hear the term “croupier” for a dealer, which is usual in this part of the world.
Additionally, in order for you to get your way around table games and what they’re about, they are divided into a couple of groups — the ones played with cards, the ones played with dice, the ones that include random numbers, and a few more that do not fall into any of these groups.
We all know the classics — Blackjack, Craps, roulette, poker, Baccarat. But there are also some of the less known names that are becoming more and more popular in the last couple of years. In this article, we will be covering some of them.
Texas Hold’Em Poker
This version of poker can be found in every popular casino in the world, especially in land-based casinos. The game starts with every player getting two cards that are concealed. After that, the 5 additional cards will be revealed during the game, which are called community cards. Whoever has the strongest combination of cards, wins. A player wins by combining the two cards they have with any of the community cards, to create a winning 5 card combination.
In this game, you can have a professional dealer or rather, one of the players can be the dealer. In that case, every participant will be a dealer at some point.
Otherwise known as Yablon, this is one of the most popular card games — especially in the online casinos. Additionally, It uses a standard deck of cards. However, there are only three cards used at one time in this game, and there are three possible outcomes. After two cards are placed on the table, you can either have two cards of consecutive value (a 4 and a 5, for example), in which case your wager is returned to you. If the cards have the same number, the dealer will have to draw a card (the third one). If that one is the same, your payout will come at 11:1. And the third case is when the value of the third card is between the first two. Then, your payout will depend on the spread. The spread is even money if the number of cards is between 4 and 11, 2 to 1 for 3-card, 4 to 1 for 2-card, and 5 to 1 for 1-card.
This game is mainly based on the statistics, so there aren’t strategies that could help you increase your odds.
This card game is quite beloved in India, where it first came to be, as well as South Asia. It is known as simply “Flush” in some areas, too. The game starts with one of the players dealing the cards counter-clockwise. The number of cards that will be used is decided before then, and the winner of that round will be a dealer for the next one. There is a certain ante that is referred to as an entry fee. Also, there are differences between loose and tight play, which show the players’ ability to play longer, or rather fold quickly.
This popular version of poker is most suitable for beginners since the rules are quite simple. Otherwise, it is mostly based on luck — so there aren’t many strategies which players can use to increase their chances.
This game uses a standard deck of 52 cards, and every player draws 13 cards that he needs to divide into three hands as following — 5 cards each for two rounds, and 3 cards for the third round. After each hand is set face down on the table, each player starting left of the dealer will choose if they will play in that hand or not. If one player has three straights or three flushes, he is the winner of that hand.
Trente et Quarante
This game, initially established in France, became quite popular in the whole Continental Europe — mostly because of its pretty high payout expectancy rate. The game is played with two dealers sitting on the opposite sides of the table. The game uses as much as six decks of 52 cards, which have to be thoroughly shuffled. The dealer then asks one of the players to divide the deck into two parts. After that, the dealer will create two rows of cards facing up. The first row is called “Noir” while the second one is “Rouge.” Aside from these two, there are also Couleur and Inverse. The first two rows decide the winner, while the other two show whether the first card of the winning row is the same as the colour of that row.
The cards are dealt in a way that the total of each row is higher than thirty (trente). And the row closest to this number wins. In case both rows amount 31, which happens quite often, the stakes are put on hold, and the fate is decided after the following round.
Three Card Poker
This version of poker is quite beloved by the players since it allows them to have a bigger saying in what the result will be. Before every player receives three cards, they will have to choose their ante bet. After they receive their cards, they choose whether to keep playing, match the ante or forfeit. In case the dealer doesn’t have a queen-high, the players’ bet is returned to him.
When you hear the words “table games,” you immediately think of all the classics — poker, roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. However, many other table games should not be dismissed. The rules are quite simple to understand, regardless if it’s your first time playing any table game, or if you’re an experienced player. We’ve covered most of the popular titles from Europe and North America, and all the way to South Asia. But no matter in which part of the world you find yourself, casinos will provide these titles for your best possible gambling experience.