Gambling for Beginners

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If you are new to gambling, you’ll need to learn some basic information about the games. When you know the rules, winning hands, and odds, you’ll automatically have an easier time winning games. With some practice, you might even become good at playing online.


Blackjack has deceptively easy rules:

  1. The dealer gives a face down to each player, including herself
  2. The dealer gives a face up player to each player, including herself
  3. Players can decide to take more cards or stick with the two that they have
  4. The players who come closer to 21 without going over, than the dealer, win

That sounds easy, right? Some advanced strategies make the game more complicated. For instance, you can double down after getting your first face up card. This lets you double your bet, thus increasing the amount you win.

Also, you can split your hand into two separate hands if your first two cards are a pair. In blackjack, you don’t compete against the other players, instead you play against the dealer. It’s possible for everyone at the table to win.


There are many different types of poker. Always make sure you know which version you are playing. Even slight variations in the rules could change how you play the game. Let’s keep things as simple as possible by starting with a pure form of poker: five-card stud.

In five-card stud, each player receives one face down card and one face up card. Each player can look at his or her own card. Players who want to stay in the game place bets and receive another card. This happens two more times until the remaining players place their final bets. After this, the player with the best hand wins.

Top hands in poker, in order from highest to lowest, include:

  • royal flush (ten of hearts through ace of hearts)
  • straight flush (a straight in the same suit)
  • four of a kind
  • full house (three of a kind and a pair)
  • flush (five cards of the same suit
  • straight (five cards in order, mixed suits)
  • three of a kind
  • two pair
  • one pair

Don’t assume that you need a royal flush to win. Also, don’t assume that you need two pair. Plenty of players win with one pair. You can even win just because you have the highest card of anyone else still in the game, but that doesn’t happen often.

Video Slots

It doesn’t get easier than video slots. Since the game tells you when you win, you don’t even really need to know the rules. That’s a good thing since rules differ between games. What holds true on one slot machine might not mean a thing elsewhere. However, typically, you win in video slots by lining up certain characters on the screen. A corresponding chart should tell you how much money you win for lining up the characters.

Video slots is one of the most random games of chance you can find because it doesn’t require any skills. You just have to get lucky.
What are your favorite games to play at casinos and online? Do you have any tips for newcomers?

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