The Hippodrome Casino, London

The Hippodrome Casino, LondonThe Hippodrome Casino is the busiest and largest international-style casino in the UK. The initial building opened in 1900 with the design created by renowned architect Frank Matcham. After numerous enlargements and venue changes, it became a famous casino in July 2012.

As a 24/7 casino, the Hippodrome Casino attracts tourists and thousands of Brits to enjoy a night out with a combination of theatre, dining and gambling. The main doors open onto the busiest street in London. It offers five floors of gambling pleasure including an indoor smoking terrace, six bars, a cabaret and music room with 325 seats, an award-winning restaurant as well as the PokerStars Live Deck. The Macau Lounge is housed on the ground floor, with the Grand Casino boasting a 360-degree view of the extraordinary auditorium, the poker deck and the Heliot Steak House on the first floor.

On the lower ground floor is the Lola Casino where gamblers try their hand at craps and other table games while regular entertainment and music are an everyday occurrence. If you need a quiet gaming experience, then the third-floor Cranbourne Club is the place to go. The Hippodrome won two awards, one for Casino of the Year and another from the European Casino Operator.

Empire Casino, London

Empire Casino, London

The site of the Empire casino in London, UK is nothing short of breath-taking. With modern designs, it catches the eye of any and all passersby. At 55,000 square feet there is a larger than life Vegas feel to the venue. It also makes it the largest casino in London. Apart from its amazing features, it accommodates a large number of people.

The history of Empire Casino dates back to 2007. The venue was initially a ballroom (the Empire Ballroom). It was then transformed into the casino and is owned by Caesars Entertainment.

Those wishing to enter the casino are required to dress in smart casual style. This impressive Leicester Square casino is home to 127 slot machines, and 50 table games so you need not wait to get your favourite gambling fix.  The second floor of the venue has another 20 slots while the poker room also has 20 more of them.

It’s not all gambling though. For a more relaxed moment, there is a cocktail bar where people can enjoy snacks and an array of colourful and thirst squenching drinks. FuLuShou Restaurant also serves delicious Asian dishes. Comedy lovers will be pleased to know that the venue is also home to the Soho Comedy Club, at the Shadow Bar. The casino is open 24/7 and is an exciting entertainment and gambling hub with something to offer for everybody.

Blackjack

BlackjackWhen most people think of a casino, alongside roulette and slots, Blackjack is high on the list of games they associate with the environment. Blackjack, also known as 21 and Pontoon dates as far back as at least 1601, first featuring in a story by Miguel de Cervantes, and is now a mainstay of casinos worldwide, earning them more revenue than all other casino games aside from slots.

Part of Blackjack’s appeal is that it’s relatively easy for casino novices to get involved in. Compared to many casino card games, the rules aren’t overly complex and  the rounds are fast. The house edge isn’t large and there’s not as much strategy involved as in card games such as poker. However, one known and somewhat dubious strategy of pontoon is named card counting. It has effectively been driven out of casinos on account that it was able to compensate for the house edge and tip the balance in the favour of the player.

The aim of Blackjack is to reach 21, or as close to 21 as possible with your cards. Two cards are dealt for the players, one face up and one down. The player can then place bets based on that card, and then additional bets with each further card. Achieving 21 with the first two cards dealt is called Blackjack (and beats the dealer, assuming he doesn’t also have Blackjack). Another winning outcome for the player is to reach a higher score (of 21 or below) than the dealer achieves with his cards. The final way of winning it when the dealer ‘twists’ (is dealt additional cards) in a bid to beat the players total, and ‘busts’ by going over 21. The game uses one or more, 52 card decks (more decks are now used to counter card counting).

Aces can be used as both 11 or 1 in value. The player needs a higher value than the dealer to win, which offers an advantage to the dealer. The dealer does however have to keep twisting until he reaches at least 17. If the players two cards are both the same, they can split the them to have two separate hands. There are numerous other rule variations in this popular casino game.