Table games have been around for many centuries. In the earliest times table games were simple affairs, often just a round board with a number of guests sitting around a large table, eating, drinking, playing with dice and picking up the occasional spin. The concept of a “table” may have seemed to be so little known that at one time, when a royal couple visited a newlywed couple in Europe, they stopped at the bride’s cabin to play a little game of charades. The game they played was, of course, a variation on what we know today as “trick or treat.” It involved placing a handful of almonds on the table, blindfolded, and whoever got the most almonds before the others was the winner.
Over the years table games have evolved into all types of gambling devices. In the earliest days of gambling, the games were much the same, but over time the game has become more complicated. Today, for example, a person who is playing roulette, is actually gambling with his whole bankroll. Roulette, craps and baccarat are all distinctly different types of casino games. Each of them is designed to take the player through a series of possible outcomes, rather than being set up as a “wheatgrass” structure where the outcome is pre-determined. In this way, the whole concept of roulette can be viewed as an illustration of how gambling human psychology works.
The rules of baccarat are clearly stated, whereas the mechanics of roulette, or craps or poker are less obvious. However, the rules of table games like blackjack and poker are the same for all of the different types of casino games, regardless of whether the game is operated on a fair-play basis, or whether the odds of the game are stacked against the house. The outcome of any particular game depends on what the dealer has at his disposal. He can either bet the amount of his winnings on one number or several numbers. He can move the wheel back and forth, or he can simply change the number that represents the ball that is being spun. It all depends on the strategies that the dealer is using, and what the casino’s rules are on the night in question.
The basic table games we are familiar with include: craps, baccarat, blackjack, poker, and bridge. All of these have their own unique “tells”, or personality that the players have to understand in order for them to use them to win. Craps is perhaps the simplest of the bunch, because there is simply a deck of cards, and the players can use whatever strategy they choose to make it so that they come up with a number that will get them to win. For instance, if the dealer’s bluffs have the number eight printed on them, a player can bluff by throwing three chips onto the table (since the number eight is the only figure that is printed on a regular deck of cards). This will cause the other players to assume that there are seven chips on the table, and that a player is bluffing.
The next type of table games are electronic games, which, as the name suggests, are played on computers. In the early days of this technology, it was extremely difficult to play because you had to actually know how the computer was working, and knew the layout of the playing area, etc. today’s versions can be programmed to be any kind of game you want, including progressive betting, tournaments, blackjack, baccarat, etc. The great thing about these electronic games is that players can use their computers at home to place the wagers that they want. So now, instead of going out to a real casino, you can sit down in your living room, make a few bets, and let the computer place your wagers for you!
One of the more popular types of table games are the “machine-based table games”. There are many reasons why people like machine-based table games over other types, such as live dealer. First of all, the players need to be in a very controlled environment, where everything is going their way. This is much better than being in a casino where people are constantly getting mixed up and having fun, but not knowing when their lucky streak will end. With machine-based table games, all the players are playing for the same thing, so there’s no difference in how the players feel, and there’s also no difference in the luck factor.
Two of the most popular casino games that are machine-based include “two cards against one” and “lottery”. These two games require little strategy, but do demand constant observation and study of the odds. The players who win tend to be the ones who play long enough, and who understand the odds. In “lottery” or “two cards against one”, it’s all about luck, but the people who lose are usually those who are short on time or who make poor decisions in their betting.
Blackjack tables are also extremely popular casino table games, and the majority of the players at a casino will sit in the dealer table. Many “blackjack” games are based around a single strategy: lower the bet until the dealer raises the “lowball” and if raised, then the player has to either hit or fold. Most experienced players will adjust their strategy accordingly, and this is why blackjack tables are so popular casino game options.