5 Obscure Casino Games That Will Pique Your Curiosity

5 Obscure Casino Games That Will Pique Your Curiosity

Top 5 casino game you might not have heard of

The aim of casinos isn’t just about money making, but to keep customers entertained and thrilled at all times. This makes them bring up games with different rules and themes. Sometimes, they can go all the way to bring up something you may term unusual, odd and even weird.

Just as no two players are exactly the same, since we are different as individuals, same can be said of casino games, they are all distinct. The difference and unique nature of the various players in casinos is the main reason why there are so many games to choose from. That is to ensure that everyone gets his/her preference and none is left behind.

Knowledge truly is power, and the more you know about how to play the games you’re interested in, which strategies work and which don’t, and what the odds of winning are when you implement certain tactics, the more dollars you will come away with at the end of the day.

1) Pachinko: A Japanese Arcade Game Turned Casino Game

Although there are various theories, it is said that pachinko was introduced as a children’s toy in the 1920s, and developed rapidly as an amusement for adults in the 1930s. Today, pachinko is an enormous leisure industry with a player population of about 9 million people, and approx. 10,000 salons around Japan. This mass entertainment unique to Japan can be enjoyed easily by anyone 18 years or older.

The pachinko game looks like a vertical version of a pinball machine. The game is played by firing off metal balls called “pachinko balls”. You can play pachinko by renting pachinko balls at the salon. If the numbers line up, you’ve hit the jackpot. Once you hit the jackpot, you can win lots of pachinko balls that can be exchanged with a variety of prizes.

Many recently pachinko machines collaborate with popular anime and singers. Enjoy the pachinko machine’s show of sequenced characters, sounds, and lights. There are also models with original performances that can be enjoyed only at the pachinko machine. These may be battles between characters that you can’t see in the original story, or promotional videos made especially for pachinko machines.

Steps on how to play pachinko are as follows;

Select a Machine– Machines are sorted by price and their probability of hitting a jackpot. If you’re a beginner, we recommend heading for the one yen per ball machine.

Ride along– Insert your money or loaded IC card into the slots on the side of the machine. Then push the small button on the right side of the machine’s center console (called the “tamakashi button”) to receive your first set of balls.

Jackpot– When a ball enters the gate, it triggers the three jackpot reels (usually digital these days). You’re hoping that they ultimately stop on three identical numbers, which constitutes a jackpot and will reward you with scads of balls.

Rewards– So, you’ve won buckets of tiny silver balls. What do you do now? Well, these balls can be redeemed for big prizes. Push the refund button to claim any money you have left in the machine, then push the machine’s call button to summon a staff member who will tally your winnings and generate a redeemable receipt. Take this receipt to the prize counter and choose from the array of goods on display.

2) Oxford Stud: An Interesting Poker Variant

Oxford Stud is a lesser known variant of poker which combines elements of community card games with seven-card stud. Oxford Stud Poker is thus interesting to 21st century card players because it’s played like an amalgam of the two most popular forms of poker in many land-based casinos, especially on the east coast of the United States (where seven-card stud traditionally has been most popular).

Several versions of the game exist. For our purposes here, we will discuss the most common form of the game, which was played by students at MIT in the 1960s. In the age of ascendance for Texas Hold’em, people naturally assume that Omaha and Hold’em are the only community card games. Such games have been around for generations, though.

Community Cards

When the first new sets of cards are dealt, they are dealt as two community card. Thus, each player should have 5 cards with which to make a hand, including 1 upcard, 2 downcards, and 2 community cards. In this round of betting, the player with the best hand showing makes the first wager. So if someone holds A-K-10 and another holds 2-2-10, then the player with the pair showing (2-2-10) would make the first wager. Again, a second round of betting follows.

Second Upcard- After the second round of betting occurs, each player is dealt a second upcard. Therefore, each player will have 2 upcards, 2 downcards, and 2 community cards. Once again, the player showing the best hand will make the first bet. The player will make a hand using the 2 upcards and the two cards on the board. A third round of betting occurs.

Third Community Card- After the third round of betting happens, then a third and final community card is dealt. This is followed by a fourth betting round. Once again, the player with the best hand showing begins the wagering round. Five cards are now showing for each player (3 community cards and 2 upcards), so a gambler could be showing a flush or a straight. This is where Oxford Stud Poker gets really interesting. While the lead better might be showing a terrific hand, their opponents each have two hole cards, so they could be set up for a dominant hand on the showdown.

3) Multi-Ball Roulette: Roulette, But With Higher Stakes

Roulette is a popular game and Multiball Roulette is a newer version and mainly played in live roulette mode. Here you get to interact with the dealers and other players as you place bets and see the wheel spin. In general, as with all roulette games, this is another simple one, involving a wheel and a ball. However, with the multiball variant, there is some change introduced in this game.

Multiball Roulette is based on European roulette – this means the roulette wheel has numbers 1 to 36 and a single zero (37 pockets). To put things simply, you use the chips on the table to place your desired bets. Select how many wheels you wish to play and start the game. If your bet is a winner, you will be credited with the amount according to the pay table.

This version is more advantageous than the American Roulette, the reason being that in this game there would be second as well as a double zero pocket. This increases the house edge, almost double, to 5.26% and brings in large disadvantage for players.

Payouts split in two when there are two balls, are split three ways if there are three balls being used and so forth. You can also use inside bets as usual while the outside bets are usually on black or red, even or odd, low or high and in dozens or columns.

When it comes to odds for Multiball Roulette, you simply multiply with the number of balls involved. Your bet to come in is three times likely with three balls; payout will be only a third of what you would have hit on a regular roulette wheel with a single ball; payout ratio here is 35:3 instead of 35:1 in the European version and so forth.

4) Guts: Thrilling Pot-Raising Game

Guts is often played as an option in dealer’s choice poker games, although it is not strictly speaking a poker game. It is normally played with hands of fewer than five cards, and it has a different betting mechanism from normal poker – match pot betting. If the players are somewhat reckless the size of the pot can escalate very rapidly, and the name presumably refers to the bravery required to contest one of these large pots and risk losing an equally large amount.

Two-card Guts

This is the basic game. A standard 52-card pack without jokers is used. In theory as many as 26 people could play, but the game probably works best for around 5 to 10 players.

The players need to agree in advance on the ante that all will pay at the beginning to start the pot, and it is wise also to agree on a maximum amount that can be won from or lost to the pot in a single deal. This might for example be set at 100 times the ante.

How to go about it If the pot is empty all players pay the agreed ante to the pot. The cards are shuffled and cut and the dealer deals the cards one at a time face down until every player has two cards. The players look at their cards. Starting with the player to dealer’s left and continuing clockwise around the table, ending with the dealer, each player in turn says either “in” or “out”. Players who say “out” cannot win the pot, but do not lose any extra money. If more than one player says “in”, all those who are “in” show their cards, and the player with the best cards wins the pot.

5) Sic Bo:

Sic Bo, meaning “dice pair” is an ancient Chinese gambling game. It is very popular in Macau, in my estimation second to baccarat only. In the United States is often found in the Asian gaming rooms, especially in Atlantic City. The large Las Vegas properties will usually have one table in the general casino.  It’s a game of chance played with three dice.

Players place their bets on certain areas of the table as shown in the picture above. The dealer then picks up a small chest containing the dice, which he/she closes and shakes. Finally the dealer opens the chest to reveal the combination. It may be frustrating at first but wait – it’s not that difficult to learn the Sic Bo rules. And it’s even easier when you play online.  The main goal of this game is not that different from other Casino games. It involves betting on specific dice outcomes.

The game has a couple of variants, including an English version called Grand Hazard and the US version Chuch-a-luck. Grand Hazard is a gambling game of English origin, also played with three dice.. The dice are either thrown with a cup or rolled down a chute containing a series of inclined planes (“hazard chute”) that tumble the dice as they fall. Chuck-a-luck has its origins in grand hazard. The three dice are kept in a device that resembles a wire-frame bird cage and that pivots about its centre. The dealer rotates the cage end over end, with the dice landing on the bottom.

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