Table games encompass a broad range of casino games that are played on various types of specialised tables. Popular formats of this type of casino game are blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Table games require the player to have a basic to intimate knowledge of the game’s rules and strategies in order to effectively compete.
The earliest recorded table games date back to around 2,300 B.C. This dice game is said to have decided the fates of territories in a Chinese province. The format of casino games was, however, largely sporadic until the Great Council of Venice founded the Ridotto, a precursor to the modern casino. The establishment was created to curb the city’s illegal gambling and featured an early form of a roulette called Biribi.
One of the most popular tables games in both its online and brick-and-mortar formats, blackjack requires players to build a hand total as close to or equal to 21. Hand totals are calculated with a base 2-card hand with royals counting for 10, aces as 1 or 11 and numbered cards at their face value.
Players can then choose to select additional cards (to Hit) to strengthen their hand or to remain with their current hand total (to Stay). The player then competes against the dealer to see whose hand total is closest to 21.
Roulette is played with a spinning wheel that contains red and black squares numbered 1 to 36 (French Roulette) and a betting table with corresponding numbered blocks. Players are required to predict on which number (or colour) a small white ball will land on, once the spinning wheel comes to a stop, by putting their chips on the corresponding number (or colour) on the betting table before the wheel starts spinning.
A round of baccarat is played with two hands (regardless of how many players are competing), the Bank and the Player. Players are required to bet on which hand total they think will be closest or equal to 9. Hand totals are calculated with a base 2-card hand where royals and 10s count as zero, numbered cards at their face value and aces as 1. Should a hand total exceed 10, the left digit of the number is dropped and the right become the hand’s total.
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