Casino gambling is a
serious industry in Las Vegas. Even the airport has slot machines for
you to say your last hurrah, and to see if you can beat the odds. If
you are already a serious gambler, you will not stay long on this page,
and will know that casinos keep careful track of returning
high-rollers, tempting them with luxury accommodations and top-notch
treatment. Fortunes are made and (more often than not) lost, and
gambling can be an addictive behavior that has destroyed lives.
Then there are those who gamble once in a while, for entertainment, who
know a certain amount about the rules and are willing to weather the
waves of winning and losing, but also with the wisdom to walk away.
However, even novices can have a lot of fun and excitement at, say, the
slot machines, but once again, would be prudent to set aside a personal
budget, and to consider that the"entertainment" budget, which, once
depleted, marks the end of that activity.
It IS worthwhile knowing a little bit about the rules and odds of
different machines and table games in the casinos. They are basically
divided into two types: 1. where the player has a certain amount of
strategy and a positive mathematical and statistical outcome, and
2. where one is calculated to lose.
"Beatable" casino games are as follows:
Poker (universally recognized as a game of skill, that improves with
experience, strategy, and the study of human behavior and reaction,
hence the term "poker-face")
Blackjack -- with card counting
Video poker -- with proper pay table and/or progressive jackpot
Pai Gow Poker and Tiles -- player-dealt
Slot machines -- only linked slots when multi-player jackpots reach a
certain point. Also, the video poker slot machines do require a certain
type of strategy, as one decides which cards to hold, and with shrewd
decisions, can (possibly) end on a positive note.
"Unbeatable" casino games (as listed by the Wikipedia entry)
These have a negative expectation, players as a group will lose in the
long run (unless they cheat, which is not advisable!).
Roulette (unless physical prediction is used)
Let It Ride
Caribbean Stud Poker
Spanish 21 -- without counting
Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker
There are many guides to the rules of casino games, depending on your
interest and fascination. You can also practice online, but once again,
be aware that this can be dangerous and addictive, and also a lonely
preoccupation. But given the right and healthy attitude, it can be fun!
For a good online to guide to rules of the different games, check
Or look at this for more tips:
For online games, look at
If you want to download some free games, go to
Free Casino Games/
There are innumerable links to this sort of subject if your curiosity
is piqued, and you feel like beating the odds! Just type in "casino
games" on any search engine!
For an interesting overview on the many facets of gambling, see wikipedia.org
After a leisurely dinner, anybody can use a break. Las Vegas is home to
many different shows, housed in the different hotels. It is a magnet
for moving acts and visiting performers, but also performers on
long-term contracts like Celine Dion.
One of the most spectacular acts, and worth every penny, is the Cirque
du Soleil, now based in Las Vegas, although it has its traveling
troupe. Cirque du Soleil performs at Treasure Island Hotel, and
showcases talents in acrobatics, set to a theme, with unbelievable
lighting and staging effects. The performers are drawn from across the
world, and the shows
are astounding, original and unforgettable.
For a complete index of entertainment options in Las Vegas, see this
comprehensive online and up-to-date guide:
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