Gambling has been around for ages and has become one of the favorite pastimes of people for many years. It is essentially, any game or event that involves wagering money (or valuable assets) with the chance of winning more. Note the word “chance” as the outcome of these “games” are usually very hard to predict, which actually adds to its allure along with the attractive payout.

The word gambling is closely associated with Las Vegas, which is considered the home of legalized gambling this side of the Atlantic. However, these days, anyone can have a piece of the Vegas experience right in their own home using their computers. One thing is for certain though, whether you choose to experience the full-on casino action or rather stay at home and play online, gambling is here to stay as long as there are people who are willing to risk everything for a big payday.

Most Popular Casino Gambling Games

Slot Machines – This is probably the most popular game in casino floors everywhere as well as online. The classic slot machine is composed of a coin slot, three rotating drums with different patterns, and a lever. Payouts will depend on the pattern it creates. Also known as the One-Armed Bandit because of the single lever to operate it (eventually replaced by buttons), this simple machine has earned billions of dollars in revenues. As a tidbit, one Vegas slot machine took 21 years before it finally paid out to a lucky couple.

Roulette – is very popular casino table game. It is played with a ball and a wheel with 38 numbers on it (37 for European). The basic objective is to guess which number the ball lands on. The writings on the table correspond to which number you are betting on and the type of bet you want to play. Although the basic objective is simple, there are betting strategies that you might want to look up first before playing.

Poker – is considerably one of the most popular card games ever. In fact, there are number of poker tournaments held even online. The objective of the game is relatively simple; beat your opponents hand or make him believe that you can, at least. Yes, “bluffing” is actually a big part of it. Poker players try to master the art of reading their opponents to see if they actually have a winning hand or just calling a bluff. At the same time, they practice not giving away anything for their opponents to read. This gave birth to the term “poker face” which means not having any expression whatsoever.

Blackjack – is loved by a lot of people since it is played more often than any other casino game. A game between a player and dealer, the objective is to beat the dealer’s card without exceeding twenty-one. A blackjack is called when you get exactly 21 on the first two cards. On the other hand, you have the option of calling for another card to either get to 21 or at least high enough to beat what the dealer has.