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Vegas Casinos: Gaming Guide
The Gaming Guide gives you a basic
introduction to many classic casino games offered by Las Vegas
While the basics are the same, some games and rules may vary from
casino to casino. If you have any questions, ask a dealer or casino
supervisor for assistance. If you would like to learn more about a
particular game, inquire about gaming classes provided at no cost by
many casinos. Most major casinos provide foreign currency exchange
as a service to their customers. A minimal transaction fee may be
built into the exchange rate. If the casino does not offer a foreign
currency exchange service, check with the front desk personnel or
any local bank can assist with the transaction. Traditionally,
change has been obtained through change booths located throughout
casinos or from change people. The latest trend at most major
casinos is toward change provided through currency acceptors. Most
new slot machines have these built into them. If not, the currency
acceptors are added as a separate unit on the side of the slot
machine. These currency acceptors take paper currency ($1, $5, $10,
$20, $50 and $100) and provide credits to the players slot machine
or provide change to the player. If you need assistance obtaining
change, ask any casino employee.
Players buy cards with numbers on them corresponding to the five
letters in the word B-I-N-G-O. Numbers such as B-2, N-16 or O-68 are
then drawn at random until one player completes a "Bingo"
by covering five numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row
on one of their cards.
Bingo in Las Vegas takes the game a little further however. Many
variations including "Letter X", "Six Pack",
"Coverall" and "Indian Style Papoose" Bingo are
offered. Additionally, some properties offer special payouts as high
as $10,000. Rules, payouts and variations vary from property to
property. Bingo brochures detailing particular games and payouts are
available at each respective location.
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Everybody loves to play 21. The dealer gives each player two cards
(face up) and himself one card up and one card down. Everybody plays
against the dealer. The object of the game is to draw cards that add
up to 21, or as close to 21 as possible without going over.
Tens, Jacks, Queens, and
Kings count as 10; Aces count as either 1 or 11, as you choose.
Other cards play at their face value. You are given a chance to draw
additional cards, one at a time, to get closer to 21. If you "bust,"(go
over 21) you lose, and the dealer collects your bet.
If your count is closer to 21
than the dealer's, you win. If it is under the dealers you lose.
A tie is a standoff and results in a "push" (nobody wins).
The dealer has no choice on
hitting or staying; he must hit when holding a 16 or under and stay
on a 17 or over. After each player is satisfied with the number of
cards they have asked for, the dealer must turn over his/her hidden
card. If the dealer has 16 or less, they must "hit," that
is draw an additional card or cards, until they reach 17 or over.
Dealer must stand on a 17 or over. If the dealer "busts,"
all players left in the game are paid.
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Craps is considered to many to be the most exciting game in any
casino. In its many varieties of wagering, Craps can also be a
complicated game. About the only way to learn all these intricacies
is by playing. There are some simple bets you can make to start
with, and the odds on these are quite favorable.
The most basic bet is played
on the "Pass Line" before the shooter rolls the dice. If
the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 you and the shooter win. The shooter
also keeps the dice to roll again. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3, or
12, the bet is lost but he remains shooter and continues to roll the
dice until he either makes his point and you both win, or he shoots
7 and the bet is lost.
In the above case, you have
bet with the shooter. If you want to bet against the shooter you
place your bet on the "Don't Pass" line and the rules are
entirely reversed except that if, on
the shooters first roll, he rolls a 12, it is a stand-off (you
neither win nor lose).
After the roll has begun and
the shooter has a point, you can make a bet by placing it on the
"come" line. The same rules apply to you as if the shooter
were making their first roll: if the next roll is 7 you win; if it
is a 2,3, or 12, you lose; if it is any other number, that becomes
your "come point" and, for you to win, it must be rolled
again before a 7. If a 7 comes first, the bet is lost.
A beginner might do well to
start with a "pass" line bet and then perhaps try a
"come" bet. Don't worry about making an error. The dealer
will be happy to explain more about the game to you.
Explanation of craps bets:
PASS LINE: An even money bet. If the first roll of the dice adds
up to 7 or 11, you win. 2, 3, or 12 loses the bet. Any other number
is the "point" and if the point is rolled again, you win,
but lose on 7.
DON'T PASS LINE: Just the reverse of the PASS LINE, except
that if 12 is the first roll, it is a stand-off, nobody wins.
COME BET: Basically the same as the PASS LINE except that you
must bet after the point.
DON'T COME: The reverse of the COME BET, except that a first
roll of a 2 or 3 wins, and a 12 is a stand-off.
ODDS: Once you have a "point" or a "come
point", you may take the ODDS and win if the point or come
point is made before a 7.
PAYOFF: Two to one for 10s or 4s, three to two for 5s or 9s,
six to five for 8s or 6s. When betting DON'T PASS or DON'T COME, you
lay the odds as outlined.
PLACE BETS: Once a shooter makes a "point" you may
take a PLACE BET on numbers 4,5,6,8,9 or if your number comes up
before 7, you win.
PAYOFF: Nine to five on 4s or 10s, seven to five on 5s or 9s,
seven to six on 8s or 6s.
FIELD: Here you're betting that 2,3,4,9,10,11 or 12 is rolled
before 5,6,7, or 8, 2 and 12 pay double.
BIG 6 OR 8: You may bet one or both and win even money on the
number when you throw before a 7.
HARD WAY BETS: You win if the number comes up exactly as on
the table; lose if the number comes up any other way, or if a 7 is
PROPOSITION BETS: 2 and 12 pay thirty for one, 3 and 11 pay
fifteen for one, all on the first roll.
ANY CRAPS: You can bet on any roll. If 2,3, or 12 rolls, you
win. You are paid seven times the amount of your bet. If any other
number is rolled, you lose.
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& VIDEO KENO
Keno is easy to play and one of the most popular games in any
casino. Simply mark a blank keno ticket with the numbers of your
selection. Then present your ticket to the Keno desk with your wager
and the clerk will give you a duplicate ticket. In a few minutes,
twenty numbered Keno balls will be drawn, and if enough of your
selected numbers are drawn, you are a winner.
The amount of money you win
is dependent upon the type of tickets you play and the number of
"spots" (numbers) caught. You may play as many tickets as
you wish, and it is possible to win as much as $50,000 on a dollar
wager in some casinos.
Playing lotteries in other
states is definitely exciting, but that experience cannot match the
thrill of watching a live Keno race in action. In many casinos,
"multi-race" Keno is featured, where you can play a number
of consecutive Keno races at one time. Convenient Keno runner
service is available in many hotel casinos, where you can play your
favorite Keno numbers while in restaurants and lounges.
Video Keno is an individual version of the regular casino game of
Keno. The game is begun by placing your wager (coins or tokens) into
the machine's slot. Then, just as in regular Keno, the player is
presented a screen with eighty numbers, 1 through 80. The player
then simply picks the numbers he or she wishes to play - as few as
one, as many as twenty. The machine then randomly selects twenty
numbers, again, as in a regular Keno game. Players are paid based on
how many of their numbers match those selected by the machine. Like
slots and video poker, Video Keno machines are available in many
denominations, from nickels up to $5. Some casinos offer $25
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PAI GOW POKER
Pai Gow Poker combines elements of the ancient Chinese game of Pai
Gow with the classic American poker. It is played with a standard
52-card deck and one joker. The joker can only be used as an Ace, or
to complete a Straight or a Flush.
Each player is dealt seven
cards, which each player arranges in two hands: a 2-card hand and a
5-card hand. Rankings are based on poker rankings. The highest two
card hand is Aces, the highest 5-card hand is a royal flush. The
5-card hand must be higher than the 2-card hand. For example, if the
2-card hand is a pair of sevens, the five card hand must contain a
pair of eight's or higher.
The object of the game is for
both of the player's hands to rank higher than both of the banker's
hands. Should one hand rank exactly the same as the banker's hand, a
tie results. The banker wins all tie results. If the player wins one
hand and loses the other a "push" results and no money
changes hands. Winning hands are paid even money, less a 5%. Losing
hands lose the amount wagered.
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POKER & VIDEO POKER
Poker is America's best known and most popular card game. Poker is
played with one deck of playing cards and dealt only by professional
dealers. Games featured include: 7-card Stud, Texas Hold-em, 7-card
Stud High-Low Split, Razz and Omaha High-Low Split. The games, the
limits and the amount of rake (house commission) are clearly posted
in the poker area.
Las Vegas is also famous for
the number of poker tournaments which are held in many casinos
throughout the year. A poker dealer will be happy to explain the
basic rules of the game to anyone who has questions. Your poker seat
Since its introduction in the early 1980s, Video Poker has grown
into one of casinos' most popular games. Unlike regular poker, which
is played against other players at the poker table, Video Poker is
played individually on a machine that uses video technology to
create a Poker hand. Based on classic 5-card Stud, Video Poker
challenges players to build the best possible 5-card hand. The
player is dealt 5 cards and has the option of discarding any or all
of the cards. New cards are dealt to replace the discards.
Payoffs are based on a scale,
paying players for hands as low as a pair of Jacks all the way up to
a Royal Flush. Like slot machines, Video Poker machines are
available in many denominations, with 25¢ and $1 machines being the
most popular. Many casinos also offer progressive or bonuses for
Royal Flushes or other special hands. Video Poker provides variety
too, with versions ranging from Jacks or Better to Deuces Wild and
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For those who love the excitement of betting on thoroughbred horse
racing, a number of hotel/casinos offer Race Books. Live
closed-circuit broadcasts from race tracks around the country allow
players to bet on, and watch, races from coast to coast.
From straight pari-mutual
bets to more exotic bets, playing horses in a Race Book is the next
best thing to actually being at the track. The Race Books all
provide local newspapers, racing sheets and other publications
offering tips and information on races from tracks in New York, New
Jersey, Maryland, Florida and California.
If you're new to the sport,
race book ticket writers are happy to answer your questions.
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Roulette is a truly enticing game. It is fast-paced and easy to
play. The Roulette wheel spins around and around and a pearl-like
ball drops down and settles into the winning slot.
Checks (chips) ranging in
value from $1 to $500, can be bought from the dealer. Each player is
given different colored checks. You may bet money as well as checks
and you may make as many bets as you wish. The amount of return on a
winning bet is determined by the amount of the wager and the type of
bet made. Odds on Roulette range from 35-to-1 to even money, and are
determined by the combinations of numbers selected by the player.
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You've hit the jackpot when it comes to playing slots in Las Vegas.
Slot machines can be found in every casino, with a variety of models
and coin denominations to please every player, including mechanical,
electro-mechanical video, and the newest technology, touch screens.
With one touch of the screen you can change from poker to slots.
There are three to nine reelers, crisscrosses, multiples,
progressives, and specialty machines such as 21, Keno, Video Poker,
Poker Bingo, and Video Horse Racing and Dog Racing.
Slot machines were introduced
around the turn of the century, and their popularity increases
daily. Thousands of slot players agree: playing slots is still the
most enjoyable and relaxing form of gambling. Day or night, you'll
find slot machines that offer astounding payoffs, some at
Slots are fun and easy to
play. Drop in a coin and pull the handle. The lights and ringing
bells will let you know if you've hit the jackpot. If you have any
questions, please ask a slot attendant or change person for
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Everybody loves sports, and sports enthusiasts from around the
country come to Las Vegas to watch, and bet on, the latest action.
A number of resort casinos
feature Sports Book wagering. Odds, point spreads and lines are
posted for a variety of professional and college sporting events.
Events are shown live on giant screen TVs in the Sports Books,
allowing betters and spectators alike to keep track of the day's
games and matches.
You can bet on virtually any
sporting event, with the exception of team events taking place
within the state of Nevada. Professional and college football,
professional baseball, professional and college basketball, boxing,
professional hockey, golf and auto racing are among the events
offered for wagering. In addition to straight bets, other wagers,
including promotions, teasers, parlays and future bets, are offered.
Even if you're not an expert,
sport betting can be a challenging and inexpensive way to add more
excitement to any sporting event.
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