Casino classics explained – Blackjack and Roulette

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When it comes to the casino world, there are a few games that hold the title of a casino classic, with many of them also holding a place on players’ top games to play list too.

Many games deemed classics are very popular with a lot of players both in land-based casino establishments and with those that play online casino at Paddy Power, for example. However, many players only know the basics of these classics, or have only dabbled in a game of just one of the classics, rather than giving others a go too.

With this in mind, we wanted to show you twocasino classics, what they are and how to play them, so if and when you want to try your hand at something ‘old but gold’, you’ll know how to.

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Blackjack

A card game dealt through the centuries, Blackjack is played between two people – the player and the dealer, with the aim of the game being to hold a hand of cards valued at 21, or as close to the value of 21 as possible, without exceeding.

Each playing card holds a value, with numbered cards holding a value of the number displayed on them, royals – Jack, Queen and King – holding a value of 10, and the Aces of the pack holding two values – one and 11.

To start, the dealer will deal the player two cards facing up, whilst dealing themselves one face-up card, the other face down – this will be revealed later in the game.

The player will go first in trying to get as close to 21, starting by adding up the value of the two cards dealt to them. Once totalled, they must then decide if they need to be hit with a third card or stay with what they have. When the player decides to stick with the hand they have, then and only then, will the face-down card in the dealer’s hand be turned over.

From here, the dealer will have the same opportunity to add additional cards to their hand to reach 21, as the player did previously.

Once the dealer is happy with their hand, whoever has the hand value closet to 21 wins. If at any point one hand exceeds 21, the other wins. If both the player and the dealer end with the same value hands, nobody wins. If the dealer is closer to 21 than the player, they win. If the player on the other hand is closer to 21 than the dealer, the player wins.

Roulette

The Roulette wheel is an iconic symbol in not only the casino world, but the world in general.

The aim of Roulette is to correctly predict the outcome of the game, whether that be the number, the colour or even what category the number falls into, such as odd or even.

A game of Roulette requires a pocketed wheel, a corresponding table, a dealer/croupier, a small white ball also known as a pill and some betting chips.

To start a game, the dealer, or a set timer if playing a computerised game within the electronic section of the casino or online, will open the betting window for all players that wish to make predictions. When the timer has run out or when the dealer calls, the window will be closed and no further bets can be placed.

It is then and only then, that the iconic wheel will be spun and the small ball dropped into play. The ball will bounce around the wheel before landing in one of the pocketed compartments of the wheel. It isn’t until the wheel has grounded to a complete stop that the winning pocket will be announced.

Will you be playing a casino classic on your next visit to a casino?

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