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  • How to Play Sic Bo

    How to Play Sic Bo Variously translated as “dice pair” or “precious dice”, Sic Bo was exported from its home of China in the early 20th Century along with work seekers travelling around the world, portability being one of its virtues, and can now be found in most casinos from Macau to Atlantic City. The…

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  • How to Play Roulette

    How to Play Roulette Roulette literally means “little wheel” in French, and it’s instantly recognizable when you enter any casino. A spinning wheel, onto which a croupier spins an ivory ball, and a baize grid on which you can predict in which slot the ball will come to rest, probably surrounded by intent players. The…

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  • How to Play Punto Banco

    How to Play Punto Banco Punto Banco is closely related to the more famous game of Baccarat, which also has a more complicated cousin named chemin de fer. Unlike these, Punto Banco has very rigid guidelines as to the draw of the cards, eliminating the possibility of a dealer having the option of drawing or…

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  • How to Play Pontoon

    How to Play Pontoon As any engineer will tell you, a pontoon is usually a very simple substitute for a more complicated bridge: the card games aren’t related, but the simplicity of the former is definitely one of the reasons for its widespread popularity. Named for a British pronunciation of the French vingt-et-un (21), pontoon…

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  • How to Play Pokies

    How to Play Pokies You’ve seen them in bars, clubs and restaurants across Australia: the electronic pokie (the name probably comes from the first video poker machines) means that any venue that holds a liquor licence, and is regulating the age of its patrons, can now hold a gaming licence as well, without the need…

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  • How to Play Poker

    How to Play Poker Poker is a pretty social affair, notwithstanding that you are trying to reveal as little to your mates as possible about your hand of cards, or that the betting can become as heated as the game itself. Poker Basics Before getting started, there are a few things you need to agree…

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  • How to Play Pai Gow Poker

    How to Play Pai Gow Poker Developed in 1985, based on the Chinese tile game of Pai Gow,  by card club owner Sam Torosian, a man more skilled at card games than legal ones, by all accounts, Pai Gow poker is a more leisurely and low-stakes affair than many other variations of poker. Since all…

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  • How to Play Pachinko

    How to Play Pachinko The country that gave us the real arcade classics of electronic entertainment has another secret up its sleeve for the Australian player. Pachinko does not need lightning reflexes, memorising long combinations of moves, or the ability to hammer buttons for hours on end: it’s deceptively simple, which may be what makes…

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  • How to Play Backgammon

    How to Play Backgammon Backgammon has always been a popular companion game, since it is easy to carry and set up anywhere, but provides plenty of entertainment and a healthy dose of competition. The aim is to get your fifteen checkers safely around the board, and home, before your opponent does likewise: there might be…

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  • How to Play Baccarat

    How to Play Baccarat Baccarat is sometimes also called Punto Banco, which is the name of the two possible sides, and two possible outcomes of the game. Two hands are dealt, one each to the Player and the Bank, and players may bet on the outcome of these hands. The dealer can be one of…

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