Common Card Games

Card games have been popular games in history; the origins of many card games go far back in ancient times. Card games such as poker, blackjack or baccarat are really popular in casinos nowadays. Although time had a big influence on these games, they reached our century and became the most popular card games of all. Poker, blackjack and baccarat are very common in real casinos and online casinos today.

Poker is believed to have evolved from various games in a long period of time; more than 10 centuries. Poker has its roots in games played with ranked cards and using domino combinations as well as bluffing to trick your opponent.

In general, poker is played with a deck of 52 cards, containing 4 different suits: diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs. Each suit is composed of 13 cards, ranked from the lowest to the highest. Some poker variations also have additional cards such as jokers, known in poker terms as wild cards. Also in some poker variations the Aces is can be considered the lowest or the highest card, depending on the situation and what is more convenient for the player. The object of poker is to make a great hand and win the pot money. Poker is by far the king of card games, requiring both skills and talent. It is the most popular card game in the world.

Throughout history, poker developed many game variations due to the player's desires to win more money and curiosity. Some popular poker variations are: Texas Holdem, Omaha poker, Caribbean poker, 5 Card Draw poker and 7 Card Stud poker, but there are many more interesting poker variations played today all over the world.

The history of blackjack still has some big gaps, but specialists have come to the conclusion that blackjack has his roots in a

French game called Vingt-Un, which means 21 in English. This game was played in France around 1700.

The rules of blackjack are pretty simple. The game is played with a deck of 52 cards, but nowadays casinos use two ore more mixed packs. Players use chips for placing their bets. Blackjack is a game played against a dealer. He is the one that shuffles the cards before the beginning of the game, the players then has to cut the cards so the game can begin. The object of blackjack is to make a hand with a total of 21 points or as close to 21 as possible and beat the dealer. If by chance the total points of the hand exceeds 21, it means the player busted and he loses the pot money. Blackjack is a fast paced game, very interesting and fun to play.

Baccarat is probably the oldest game played today in casinos. It is believed that baccarat has its roots in a game called Punto Banco, played around 1500 in France. Baccarat is a simple card game, played with a single pack of cards. The player's objective when playing baccarat is to predict before the cards are dealt, which hand ( his hand or the dealer's) will have a value of nine or as close to nine as possible.

In land based casinos, the baccarat table is usually situated in a remote place, called a baccarat pit. The game table of baccarat is very easy to recognize. It is really large and has seating for up to 12 players.

The rhythm of the game is really fast and although it has high odds and does not require any skills due to the fact that is a game based strictly on luck, people have always love this card game.