addition to the table games analyzed in other pages
of this ' website, there are other games that are
available to gamblers, many of which have been around
for decades. Some of these enjoy less widespread popularity,
and are only offered by the larger casinos. Others
are so disadvantageous to the players that they shouldn't
be played at all!
Variations of the most popular games (online blackjack
games, craps, etc.) occur from time to time. These
modifications in the rules are initiated by the casinos
as promotional programs designed to draw additional
players, or to encourage players into making wagers
that improve the casino's profit margin.
Unfortunately, the average player seldom has the opportunity
to take advantage of short-term promotions that truly
benefit him, because gaming experts soon learn of
these favorable rule changes, and quickly notify their
subscribers through E-mail or fax transmission that
an excellent gambling opportunity is available. Within
days, sometimes hours, the casino offering the promotion
is deluged with knowledgeable gamblers, the casino
loses lots of money, and the promotion is quickly
Other gaming variations and "side bets"
remain because the casino profits more from these
options than it does from the built-in edge offered
in the basic games. For instance, there's a online
blackjack games option that encourages players to
make a "side bet" that their first two cards
will be either over or under thirteen points. It's
a simple bet, but the house edge is-ouch!-6.5 percent
and 10 percent, respectively. Other variations of
online blackjack games, such as Double Exposure online
blackjack games, and multiple-deck Spanish 21, also
offer a better edge to the casino. The casino games
of craps has also spawned variations, such as Never-Ever
Craps, or Crapless Craps, where the potential payback
for the player is not as good as the regular games.
On the other hand, some casinos in highly competitive
markets have made changes in the games of craps that
now allow players to dramatically increase the odds
bet on a pass line or come bet, up to one hundred
times odds, thus allowing players to get a lot of
money on the table at a very low cost.
With this in mind, let's take a look at some of the
other table games available. The games are ranked
on the basis of your chances of winning, based on
playing with the best strategy if it is possible to
do so-which is not always the case. As you will learn,
these games are good, bad, or ugly!
common mistake made by many players-even experienced
ones-is to develop "tunnel vision" throughout
the hand, based on what they hold. In other words,
the only thing many players tend to see in ~a board
is how it fits in with their hand, especially if they
are on some kind of draw. As a result, these players
not only miss possibilities for other players' hands
but tend to telegraph whether dealt cards help them.
Skilled Hold'em players detach themselves from their
hand before an-,, cards are dealt to the board, and-after
looking at everyone else's reactions-look at those
cards with total objectivity. For example, if these
players are on a flush draw and hit it, they font
overlook the fact that the same card paired the board
and possibly improved someone else's hand above theirs.
Such players are much less likely to be surprised
by what their opponents show them at the end of the