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Are you ready to play online casino games? Before you play, check out our overview of the basic rules of some common casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette and Craps.

Whether you are a beginner or simply need a refresher course, these basic rule overviews can be quite helpful in helping you to maximize your winnings.

To read the rules for a specific casino game, just click on the underlined link below.


Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games. The object of the game is to draw cards totaling closer to 21 than the Dealer draws without going over 21.

How it works: The cards are dealt clockwise from a dealing "shoe." Each Player is dealt two cards, face up; the Dealer takes two cards, one face up (up card) and one face down (hole card).

Cards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 count for face value. Picture cards (Jack, Queen, King) count as ten. Aces count as one or eleven, whichever is to the Player's advantage. 

Playing the game: If you receive an Ace and a Ten-value card as your first two cards, you have Blackjack and you automatically win. The Dealer will pay you one and one-half times the bet, then remove those cards before acting on any other hands. However, if the dealer also has Blackjack, the hand will be a Push (Standoff) and you neither win nor lose.

If you do not have Blackjack on your first two cards, you may decide to stand (draw no more cards), or hit (draw more cards) until you decide to stand. If your card count goes over 21, you lose.

The Dealer must always hit on 16 and stand on 17. If the Dealer goes over 21, he must pay all hands remaining on the table. The Dealer will call out the point totals, but it is also the Players responsibility to check the totals.



Roulette is a fast moving, simple and exciting game offering many different types of bets and payoffs. It has both an American version and a French version. The only difference is that the American version has a single zero and a double zero versus the French version with just a single zero. It changes the odds and payoffs accordingly.

How it works: Each Player has a different colored set of non-value Roulette chips. After all bets are placed, the Dealer spins the wheel in one direction and the ball in the opposite direction.

Winning bets are determined by the numbered slot in which the ball comes to rest. The winning number is marked by the Dealer. Losing bets are collected and winning bets are paid.

After all payoffs have been made, the Dealer will announce, "Place your bets." You may then place bets on the next spin until the Dealer announces, "No more bets."

Note: On even money bets, you lose only half your bet if either zero (0) or double zero (00) is the winning number. On Roulette tables with only the single zero (0), and the winning number is zero (0), Players with bets on even money (outside) areas lose.

You should remember to exchange the colored non-value Roulette chips for valued gaming chips prior to leaving a particular Roulette table.



How it works: Craps is played with a set of two perfectly balanced dice with each die having six white dots numbered 1 through 6. During the game, the dice are tossed from one of the short ends of the table to the other (make sure that both die hit the opposite side wall of the table). Payoffs are made based on the number combination displayed when the dice come to rest.

The basic idea behind Craps is to establish a "point" number and roll that number again before rolling a 7 (craps). Only the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 can be a point number and all other rolls on the dice have special meanings depending on when they are rolled.   

Playing Craps: A new game in Craps begins with the ""Come Out"" roll. A "Come Out" roll can be made only when the previous shooter fails to make a winning roll -- more correctly known as "not making the "Point"" or "seven out".

On the "Come Out" roll, the "Pass Line" bet wins if the shooter rolls a 7 or an 11. The bet loses automatically if the shooter rolls 2, 3 or 12. This is known as "rolling craps". If the shooter rolls 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 the shooter must roll this same number again (to win) before rolling the number 7. Rolling any of these numbers on the "Come Out" roll is called "establishing the "Point". Any number so rolled is thereafter referred to as the "Point".

Establishing a "Point" is an event that happens as the immediate result of the "Come Out" roll, unless that "Come Out" roll results in 7, 11, 2, 3 or 12, in which case more rolls must be made until a "Point" is established.

In its simplest form, Craps is a game where players bet either that the shooter will make his "Point" or that he or she will not make their "Point". To bet with the shooter, you must place your bet in an area marked ""Pass Line"", before the new shooter rolls the dice. To bet against the shooter, you must place your bet in an area marked "Donít Pass". Although a variety of the bets can also be made, "Don't Pass" and "pass line" are the most common.

Once the shooter establishes a "Point" your "Donít Pass" bet stays in action, win until the shooter rolls a 7 or make his/her "Point". Therefore, a "Doní Pass" bet wins if the shooter fails to make his "Point", but loses if the shooter does make the "Point".


Video Poker

Video poker is an increasingly popular form of casino gambling. A typical video poker machine is similar to a regular slot machine. The machines come in denominations of nickels, quarters, dollars and sometimes five dollars.

The majority of video poker games are based on five-card draw poker. In five-card draw, players are originally dealt five cards and can throw away any of them to try to improve their hand. New cards are dealt to replace the discarded ones, and the final five cards decide your fate.

Playing Video Poker: To initiate play, a player decides on the number of coins he is going to play and inserts his money. He then places a bet and pushes the deal button. After five cards are dealt, the player must then decide which cards that he would like to keep by pushing the hold button associated with that card.

After making the selections, the player presses the deal button and every card that he has not chosen to hold will be replaced with another card from the deck.

Instead of beating an opponent's hand, a player wins when he holds any of the five-card combinations listed in the hierarchy of winning hands. If the resulting hand holds a winning combination the will be credited according to the payout schedule on the face of the machine.

As with poker, video poker hands are valued based on their five-card ranking. These rankings are detailed below, from highest ranking to lowest ranking:

Royal Flush: A, K, Q, J, 10 all of same suit

Straight Flush: Five cards of the same suit in sequence

4 of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank

Full House: 3 of a Kind and a Pair

Flush: Five cards of the same suit

Straight: Five cards in sequence

3 of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank

2 Pair: Two cards of one rank, plus two of another

1 Pair: Two cards of the same rank

The minimum ranking hand that is required to win is different for every game. Jacks or better was the original video poker game, but now there are many more.



Slot games consist of inserting coins into the machine and then pulling the lever to set the reels in motion.

How it works: The object is to line up specific patterns to win money. Depending on the machine chosen, you can bet up to three or four coins on each spin.

To be eligible for the Progressive Jackpot, you must play the maximum number of coins per spin and be betting with $1 or $5 denominations. You may hit the "bet max" button to play for the maximum amount of coins and the reels will automatically begin to spin.

If you prefer, you may deposit one coin at a time and then pull the lever to start the reels spinning. Each game has different payouts, which are displayed on the machine. Winning combinations are displayed in the center of the reels as marked by the pay line.


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