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Luck of the Draw: Top Three Casino Games for Beginners

October 14, 2014
Written by: Yasha Wallin

Casinos can be overwhelming for newbies. But with a bit of prep, you’ll be gambling like the pros in no time. The new SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino has 800 slot machines and 70 table games to try your luck on —not to mention world class dining to enjoy after you’ve played a winning hand. Set a limit before you hit the tables so your wallet doesn’t take too much of a hit, and try out any of these three popular games below.

The goal here is to beat the dealer. The key to that is getting your head around when to “hit” (take another card) or “stand” (keep your hand as is). The dealer must follow the rule of hitting when his or her hand is 16 or below or standing when it’s 17 through 21. If the dealer’s hand is weak (4, 5, 6) it’s better to stand on a hand of 12 to 16 than to try to get closer to 21. When you bust, you will always lose to the dealer as he acts last. Quick tip: sit further down from the dealer to give yourself time to review your hand and the dealer’s “up” card.


Craps is a classic game of dice, with the odds around 50/50 against the house. It may seem intimidating at first with many boxes and bets available on the board, but don’t be fooled, essentially you’re betting on the roll of the dice. For beginners, start with just betting on the fundamental “Pass” line bet. With time you will come to pick up the terminology and can add more bets to your repertoire, reducing the house edge even more.


A simple game that pays fairly well, in Roulette you bet on your favorite number. The dealer spins the wheel and if it lands on your number, you win. Betting on red or black has a nearly 50/50 chance of winning, but a lower return. There are two green positions 0 and 00 that give the casino a small advantage. If you’re feeling lucky bet on a single number—your odds are fairly low but if you win, pay off is around 36 to 1!

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Practice makes perfect, right?

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