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.

 

 

Casino Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Casino Lisboa, Lisbon, PortugalCasino Lisboa opened its doors in 2006 as a huge entertainment and gambling venue with a contemporary ambience and minimalist architecture. It is located in the famous Parque das Nações next to the Tagus River.

It is a major tourist and gamblers attraction with four hotels and diverse infrastructures of entertainment and services aside from the casino. It is a well-liked destination which has received over twenty million visitors over a twelve-year period.

It features an Oceans Auditorium with seating for 600 as well as the Arena Lounge which is a rotating bar. Both of these venues host major productions, parties, theatre, dance shows and music concerts. The four bars are stylish, and patrons have three restaurants to choose from. Lighter meals are served at the Le Buffet while the Hua Ta Li has the best Asian cuisine in all of Lisbon.

In the casino, which is spread across three floors, are 28 table games that offer poker, baccarat, blackjack and American roulette in different table variations. It also features 1,100 slot machines which continue to grow in number. Casino Lisboa only opens at 3 PM daily until 3 AM during the week and on weekends the hours are from 4 PM until 4 AM.

Keno

KenoKeno is believed to originate from China and historians claim it funded the Great Wall of China. Modern Keno games, however, date to the 19th century and in 1847 the game was played in Macau with 80 Chinese characters. The Americans made it their own when Chinese immigrants came into the US and started calling it Keno.

 

A lottery draw is popular across the world and while online casinos cannot give players millions of dollars that state and national lotteries can give, they give the next best game, keno. Online keno gives players the chance to choose spots (numbers) in the hope that they are chosen in the next draw. Typically, you will have a selection of 1 to 15 choices, each with different prizes. When the drawing takes place, twenty numbers are picked, ranging  from 1 to 80.

 

The results come down to comparing how many drawn numbers match those of the player’s selection. Very much like a lottery draw, the numbers must be matched, and the prize depends on the type of ticket chose. For example, if you picked one number, your winnings will be 3-1 odds and if you picked ten numbers and have five correct, you will also win. The more you hit, the bigger the reward and keep in mind that online keno has different odds and options at different online casinos.