Interesting and Fun Facts about Gambling!

December 26th, 2008

There are many things you probably don’t know about casino games and their origin. This Holiday Season, Superior Casino has collected some of the most interesting and fun facts about gambling.  

Did you know? 

  • Annually Las Vegas receives around 37 million visitors. 
  • Las Vegas has 1 slot machine for every 8 of its inhabitants.  
  • Las Vegas became officially a city in 1911 and its name comes from the Spanish: “The Meadows” or “Abundance” 
  • The suits in a standard deck of playing cards represent ancient kingdoms and regions in human history. The Spades represents Middle East, the Clubs represent Ancient Greece, the Diamonds represent the Roman Empire and finally, the Hearts represent the Holy Roman Empire.  
  • The typical playing cards as we know them today got their final shape and design from 15th century France. 
  • In the 15th century, Europeans began to use the face cards (J,Q,K) to represent famous figures in history. The king of Spades is supposed to represent David, king of the kingdom of Israel. King of Hearts represents Charlemagne or Charles the Great, the famous king of the Franks in the 8th century A.C. King of Diamond portrays Julius Caesar. Finally, the king of Clubs is inspired by Alexander the Great, the legendary king of Macedon. The Queens and Jacks of the deck also represent historical or mythological figures. The Jack of Diamonds, for example, represents Homer’s Hector. The Queen of Spades represents Pallas, the Greek Goddess.
  • The very first slot machine to appear was developed by Charles Fey and was called “The Liberty Bell”.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these interesting facts about gambling. May you all have a lucky and prosperous New Year.

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Letting the fun ride

August 27th, 2008

Letting the fun ride
by Jean Real

Have you ever heard of a casino game that lets you take back your bet in the middle of a game? Yes, its bizarre but those are actually the rules for Let It Ride, a popular casino game that has spread through the world and can now be found in more than 200 casinos worldwide. The game was invented by a gaming corporation called Shuffle Master. Let It Ride or Letem Ride is a simple variation of Poker but playing it does not involve the complexity and skill that normal Poker involves.

To play Let It Ride you must know just a few things about Poker. First of all, you need to understand the paytable. Winning hands are paid in the following order:

Royal Flush 250:1
Straight Flush 50:1
Four of a Kind 25:1
Full House 12:1
Flush 10:1
Straight 8:1
Three of a Kind 3:1
Two Pair 2:1
Tens or Better 1:1

Playing the game is very simple. You place 3 different bets on the table and are dealt 3 cards face up and 2 cards face down. The goal of the game is to complete the strongest 5-card (Poker Hand). After getting your three cards face up you can decide to leave or remove the second bet before seeing the fourth card. Same happens when you want to see the fifth card, you may leave your third bet on the table or take it back. Leaving the bets on the table is what they call letting it ride but you should only do this if you have good chances of completing a paying hand.

Here are a few tips to help you get the best results when you play Let It Ride at Superior Casino.

You should leave the second bet if you have on the first 3 cards the following hands:

Pair of 10s or better
Any 3 suited cards in a row
3 cards to a straight flush with one 10 or better card
3 to a Royal Flush

Let the third bet ride if you have with four cards any of the following hands:

Pair of 10s or better
4 to complete a Royal Flush
4 to a regular flush
4 cards to an open-ended straight (i.e. 4,5,6,7 you can either get a 3 or an 8 to complete the straight)
Any four cards over 10

More tips and strategies to come in the future, only at Superior Casino.

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PaiGow Poker Strategy

August 18th, 2008

PaiGow Poker Strategy
By Jean Real

Paigow poker has been one of the most recent games to enter mainstream casinos and since its recent appearance it has become one of the most popular casino games. The game originated in China and was originally played with tiles or dominoes. As the game was introduced in the West, variations started appearing until the Paigow was paired with Poker. Since 1987, when the game was introduced in Las Vegas and subsequently in Atlantic City, Paigow poker has become a standard casino game. Lets look into what it takes to win at Paigow Poker.

For best results you must apply the House Way strategy but there are different interpretations of what this is. Superior Casino offers an efficient House Way option that you may click on when you play Paigow Poker, helping you decide what the best split for your hand is. Here are some additional tips that can help you win.

How to make a good split? If you get the following cards, heres a safe way to get the best results:

No pair: Place the highest card on the bottom hand and the next highest two on the top hand.

One pair: Place the pair on the bottom hand and the next highest two on the top hand.

Two pair:

Low pairs should be split, unless you have a king or better card to put on the top hand.
A low and medium pair should split, unless you have a king or better card to put on the top hand.
Low and high pair should split, unless you have an ace to put on the top hand.
Two medium pair should split, unless you have an ace for the top hand.
Medium and high pair should always be split
High and high pair should be split

Three pair: Place the two highest pairs on the bottom hand.

Three of a kind: Always place the three-of-a-kind on bottom hand unless they are aces. Then split and put an ace on the top hand.

Straights, Flushes and Royal Flush: Keep these on the bottom hand unless you also have two pair, three pair or three of a kind. Then use the two pair, three pair or three of a kind rule.

Full House: Always split, leaving three-of-a-kind at the bottom and pair on top. Exception: having 2s for pair with Ace and King. Keep the Full House and put Ace/King on top hand.

Four of a kind: Keep if 6s or below. 10s through Kings split always unless you have an Ace to put on the top hand. If four Aces, always split.

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Easy playin

August 13th, 2008

Easy playin
by Jean Real

Gambling always involves an element of chance but there are games in which your skill and decision play a role in the outcome of the game. In games like Blackjack, Let It Ride, Roulette and Three Card Poker you can reduce the risk of losing by applying optimal strategies that lower the house edge of the casino. Card-counting, betting structures and the like are some of the strategies you can use to play the skill games that casinos offer. However, there are days in which we want to gamble without having to concentrate ourselves too much. If you�ve had enough of slot machines you can try two table games that require NO SKILL whatsoever to play.

War:

This is perhaps the easiest casino game in the world. All you must do is place a bet and wait for a result that is as random as the flip of a coin. The objective of the game is simple enough, to the get the highest card; Ace being the highest and 2 the lowest. If the same value cards are dealt for both the player and the dealer, then the player has the option of doubling the bet to have another go at the duel. Superior Casino�s War table also has the option of betting for a tie, if there is a tie on the initial draw the tie bet pays 10 to 1.

Baccarat:

No matter what you�ve heard or read, there is no strategy that can help you win at Baccarat. The game is similar to War in the sense that you are betting on who will get the highest ranking cards. The difference however is that Baccarat allows you to bet on the Banker (or dealer) side while on War you always bet for your hand. In Baccarat each card has its face value except Jacks, Queens, Kings and Tens that have a value of zero. The goal of the game is to come closest to the sum of nine with two or three cards. If the sum of two cards goes over 10, then simply deduct ten to arrive at the hand�s value. For example: 8 + 7 = 15, in Baccarat that would be a 5 point value. Two 5�s will have a zero point value. Bets placed on the player�s hand will pay 2:1, while bets on the banker�s hand pay 2:1 minus a 5% commission. Here again you may bet on the tie which will pay you 9:1. It�s completely a matter of chance who will win so your guess is as good as anybody else�s.

Log in at Superior Casino for the best skill and chance casino games available; you never know, today might be your lucky day�

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An introduction to Poker

July 30th, 2008

An introduction to Poker
by Jean Real

Poker has become a new favorite game for most casino-goers. However, the experience can be intimidating as you play and bet against other real people and understanding the game is a must if you are playing against experienced players. Although Poker is an exciting game it is not made for all people. Some of the excitement can be rescued however if you try our Video Poker machines, that reproduce the rules of a normal poker game but you play against the casino software and not against real opponents. Heres some information that can help both new and experienced players win at Video Poker.

Most people are unaware that Video Poker has one of the highest payback rates of all casino games. Over the long-run games like Jacks or Better pay back 99.5% of the bets they receive. Others like Deuces Wild, that have wild cards making it easier to create winning hands, have payback rates of nearly 100%. However, to take advantage of this your skill is required and you must play with the optimal strategy to get the best results.

Take for example, Joker Poker. Heres what you are likely to receive on your first draw hand:

Cards / Chance of getting
One Pair of Tens or less 42.34%
One Pair of Jacks or higher 14.19%
Two Pairs 4.83%
Three of a Kind 2.21%
Straight 0.71%
Flush 0.27%
Full House 0.15%
Four of a kind 0.03%
Straight/Royal Flush 0.01%

The better the hand, the better payout you will be getting but this does not mean that you will always try to aim for the highest paying hands. This is a mayor mistake when playing at Video Poker. You must try 90% of the time to get the closest winning hand to your initial draw hand since there is a higher chance of getting lower-paying hands than the higher-paying.

On Video Poker single pairs of 9s or below dont pay, most people prefer to hold a Jacks or higher card than to keep a pair of 3s in their initial hand. The optimal strategy here however is to hold the low-card pair and click on the deal button hoping to turn that initial pair into a three-of-a-kind. Otherwise you will only have less than 14% chance of getting that Jacks or higher card, while you will have more than 18% chance of getting the three-of-a-kind.

Another common mistake is to try to get a flush when you already have a winning pair in your initial hand. For example, if you have a King/spades, 7/spades, 5/spades, 9/spades and a King/diamonds. Some people prefer to drop the diamond king to get the higher-paying flush than to keep the certain 1-for-1 win. The odds are not too bad for getting that flush (20%), however, this must be done rarely, once every 10 similar hands, to ensure the best pay back rates.

If you have a winning pair in your initial hand plus a high kicker card (J,Q,K,A), throw the kicker out before you deal. Dont keep the kicker card, as in Video Poker this is not a good strategy. Its better to take the risk for a three-of-a-kind or better hand, than to try to get the two pair.

Finally, if your initial hand has no low pair or high card, hold no card and deal for five new cards. The only exception would be if you have at least 3 cards for a straight or flush.

With these tips in view your Video Poker experience may improve. Join now to play any of our 7 Video Poker machines with multiple-hand and double-down options.

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