People have indulged in various forms of entertainment since time immemorial, exploring different things to do in their free time. It’s more than fun; some even play games like poker now to make actual cash.
Of the many activities back then, card games were among the pioneer games, and they have since become a worldwide sensation. There are many card games, but one of the oldest and most fun is the casino. Contrary to popular belief that it’s mostly luck, playing the Casino card game indeed has strategies and skills.
This article gives a comprehensive guide to help beginners or first-time players understand how live casino games work and how to play them.
The Casino is a fishing game with players ranging from two to four (when using the standard 52-card deck), and here, players need to capture the cards lying on the playing table with the cards they have in their hands.
The point of the game is for the players to collect as many cards as possible each round and to earn the most points.
When the game is about to start, the dealer gives each player four cards and then puts four cards facing up on the playing table.
After players have exhausted the first four cards, the dealer then puts the remaining cards aside for use in the next round. The game is on for as long as there are cards to give from the deck.
Note that placing the cards face up on the table is a one-time thing (it happens only in the first round). Players continue picking four cards each in the rest of the game rounds.
The conventional playing direction takes a clockwise approach. The first player is the one at the dealer’s 3 o’clock, and the gameplay proceeds clockwise. Every time you play, you can drop only a card, and the aim is to use that one card to pack as many cards as possible from the table.
To ensure transparency in the game, each player must tender the cards for other players to see before packing anything from the table. In the final round (when no more cards are in the deck), the last player to pack gets to pack all the remaining cards on the table.
As you now know, your mission in the game is to collect as many cards as possible; there are a few different ways to go about this, with capturing being the major. There are also such things as building and trailing when trying to collect cards, and we’ll see how they work in a moment.
This is the major move for taking one card or more from the playing table. The player tenders the card for others to see, and after capturing, the player will put the cards (the one he tendered and the ones he captured with it) aside face-down.
You can capture with two methods – face card and number card.
1. Face Card – With a face card, you can capture another face card with the same value on the table. Note, however, that it doesn’t matter the number of cards on the table with the same value; you can only capture one. For instance, if there are two queens on the table, you can only capture one of them with the queen you are holding.
2. Number Card – playing with number cards, ace inclusive, means you get to capture the card with equal face values. You can also capture cards that add up to the value of the card you are holding. This means you can capture a 2 and a 3 with a 5.
Building, like the name sounds, is the strategy you use when the card you are holding cannot capture any card at the moment. You can then use your turn to build cards that you can capture later.
Picture this: there is a 3 on the table, and you have 4 and 7 in your hands. You can’t necessarily capture any of those immediately, but you can place the 4 on the 3 and then announce to other players that you are building (building 7).
Note that you must have the card to be used to capture what you have built to capture them in your next playing turn. Other players can also capture your build before your next playing turn if they have the card (7).
The game allows you to add more cards to the build if you have another card that will add up to their sum. For instance, to the build of 4 and 3, you can add a 1 if you are holding an 8. You can also build upon what other players are building; you only need to announce the added build. Face cards can’t be part of the build.
Trailing is what you do when the cards you hold do not allow you to capture or build. You place one card on the playing table next to the existing cards. This strategy also works when you want to lay off a card.
Players count their cards and calculate the total points once the final card has been collected from the table. Here’s how to calculate the points:
• Most cards – 3 points
• Highest number of spades – 1
• Ten of Diamonds – 2 points
• Two of Spades – 1 point
• Aces – 1 point each
The winner of the game is the player who gets 21 points first. Should a tie happen within a game, no one gets the points. Also, if two players get to 21 points at the same time, they must play another round.