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11. Playing Poker
The ranking of poker hands based on probability starting from the highest are as follows. There are 2,598,960 possible combinations of cards in a poker hand you can be dealt. In brackets below next to the ranking of hands, are 1st the number of possible hands of that rank in 2,598,960 possible combinations, and 2nd your chances of getting one in percentage probability.
12. The Ranking of Poker Hands
Straight Flush is the best natural hand. A straight flush consists of five cards in sequence and of the same suit. An Ace high straight flush is called a Royal Straight Flush or Royal Flush and is the highest natural hand.
13. Straight Flush
Wild cards add an additional hand, five of a kind, which normally ranks above a straight flush. They can also cause confusion when two players hold the same hand composed of different wild card combinations. The standard rules of poker do not distinguish between such hands, but some players prefer to rank hands using fewer wild cards above less natural versions of the same hand.
14. Wild cards
If either the player or the bank have a total of 8 or 9 on the first two cards no further cards are drawn. The resulting hand is called a natural and the hand is over. If the players total is less than or equal to 5 the players hand draws a third card. If the player does not draw a third card, then the banks hand stands on 6 or more and takes a third card on a total of 5 or less. If the player does take a third card then the Banks third card rule below will determine if the bank takes a third card.
15. Players third card rule
If the banks total is 2 or less then bank draws a card, regardless of what the players third card is.
If the banks total is 3 then the bank draws a third card unless the players third card was an 8.
If the banks total is 4 then the bank draws a third card unless the players third card was a 0, 1, 8, or 9.
If the banks total is 5 then the bank draws a third card if the players third card was 4, 5, 6, or 7.
If the banks total is 6 then the bank draws a third card if the players third card was a 6 or 7. If the banks total is 7 then the bank stands.
16. Banks third card rule
The numbers are announced quickly by the Caller, so you must pay careful attention to the numbers that are called and mark them quickly and accurately on your cards. The caller keeps calling numbers until one or more players claim BINGO. Then the game stops and the numbers are verified. If there is a winner, the prize is awarded and a new bingo game begins with new cards. If there is more than one winner, the prize is split among all the winners. In Las Vegas many variations including Letter X, Six Pack and Coverall Bingo are offered. Additionally, some places offer special progressive payouts as high as \$10,000.
17. Number calling
Computers are changing the way we play the bingo game in bingo halls. In the past few years many bingo players have moved to portable, handheld bingo computers or devices that allow them to play multiple cards at the same time with ease. Electronic bingo devices have a tracking mechanism so players will never miss a bingo, even if they are playing multiple cards. Players using these devices simply listen for the caller to call the next number and then punch the corresponding key on the machine. The computer automatically scans the electronic bingo cards to see if the number called is there and marks it for all the cards that have that number. If one of the cards gets a bingo, the player will know and it is up to him or her to alert the caller by shouting BINGO. Different types of electronic bingo devices are available. One of the more advanced systems features a colour screen showing several bingo cards at a time and with sound effects. Some handheld devices can hold up to 200 bingo cards per game. However, certain bingo halls may limit the number of cards that can be played at one time.
18. Electronic Bingo
When playing online, your bingo cards are randomly selected for you. Most online games give you 3 or 4 cards. Other games let you take more. Every online bingo game has a caller or a display board for the bingo numbers. The game pattern is also displayed. Some games automatically mark the numbers on your card for you.
19. Online Bingo
Blackjack is played with an international 52 card deck without jokers. Casinos normally use several decks mixed together called a shoe, both in order to speed up the game with more cards in play you dont have to reshuffle after every single hand and to make card counting more difficult card counting is a technique used to gain an advantage over the casino by keeping track of the proportions of different value cards remaining in play. The number of decks differs from casino to casino, but there can be anything from two to eight decks in the shoe. The re shuffling frequency also differs from casino to casino, and of course depends on the number of decks used. Frequent re shuffling is another way to diminish the value of card counting. In casinos, blackjack is played on a specially designed table. There is a permanent dealer employed by the casino, and room for up to eight simultaneous players, playing against the dealer. Each player has a designated playing area in front of him where cards are placed and bets are made. The betting limits should be clearly posted on a sign on the blackjack table. Normally, some of the most important rules, such as Blackjack pays 3 to 2 and Dealer must draw on 16 and stand on all 17s are printed on the table. To play blackjack you need chips to bet with, and you typically buy your chips directly from the dealer. When there is a break in the action, you simply put cash on the table and the dealer will change it for an equal value of playing chips.
20. Equipment
When you play blackjack at home, you should take turns being the dealer, to ensure fairness in the game unless the player who is hosting the game specifically has stated that he or she wants to act as the house the entire game and the other players agree to this. You can switch dealer every hand, every five hands or whatever you decide. If youre playing with a single deck of cards, the best idea is to re shuffle after every hand. Of course, you dont need a fancy blackjack table to play the game, but you will need at least one pack of cards and something to bet with cash, chips or maybe matches.