Being a well-educated man is important, and not to mention impressive. It’s also one of the key-traits to becoming a well-rounded gentleman. That being said, a gentleman must have a solid general culture, which includes knowing how to play the most popular casino games. Wandering around casinos with all the high rollers, and no clue how to participate is not only counterproductive, but extremely unimpressive. So here’s some casino education for you:

Roulette

What is it: A game invented in 18th century France, making it one of the oldest casino games around. You can choose to bet on a variation of numbers, odds or evens, or on a color; red or black. After the bets are placed, a ball is dropped to determine your fate.

Why you should know this: Because it’s one of the most popular, high energy games in a casino.
Since the beginning of its time, roulette has outgrown France and spread like wildfire across casinos, gaming clubs, and even the online gaming world. It is one of the games that can transform a gaming club into a real casino because it’s present in every single one. Today, roulette can be enjoyed in thousands of real casinos, as well as electronically, or online.

Baccarat

What is it: Another casino game from France, but more importantly, James Bond’s favorite game. Need I say more?

Why you should know this: James Bond is the epitome of a gentleman, and not to mention, extremely classy. He plays Baccarat in multiple novels. Surprisingly, it’s an easy game to pick up. It’s a simple game of comparing card value, where the dealer does most of the work. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy your cigar and sip your martini (shaken, not stirred).

Poker

What is it: A game of bluffing while holding a group of cards. This is a game of equal chance, and it escalates as players bet against each other, risking more and more as the bets increase. There are many different variations of this game, most of which end with either losing or winning a ton of cash, unless you panic and fold, but nobody likes a quitter.

Why you should know this: This is a game that is popular in casinos, but is also played at house parties, guys’ nights, family get-togethers, and many other social gatherings. So unlike high school math, this is actually a lesson you can apply to real life.

BlackJack

What is it: This is another card game in which the dealer lays out cards, and you must guess the face value of them, praying that you are as close to 21 as possible without going over. This will either end with the dealer being your best friend, or your worst enemy.

Why you should know this: Because it’s probably one of the most popular casino card games ever, and one of the most fun ways to kill time. Plus, you have a 50% chance to win any hand.
BlackJack was originally called Ventiuna (twenty-one). Once it became popular in North American casinos, the name “black jack” stuck because gambling houses offered a special payout for hands consisting of an Ace of Spades and a black jack, worth 21 points.

Hopefully next time you’re in a casino, you’ll be able to navigate your way around and test out your skills on some of the most popular games around!

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