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Common card games, by Erik Cutler

Card games have always been popular and the future won't change that, quite the opposite if we think about how many people enjoy these games.

The most popular card games are: poker, blackjack and baccarat. These are the most common card games played in every land based and online casino. Players have played these games at home among friends; they are not games that you can only play in casinos like slots for example.

Card games are known to be the most exciting games; many require both skill and talent. Of course luck plays its part, but with good game strategies you can actually increase your chances of winning more money. Fun, excitement, adrenaline it's what makes card games so attractive to people.

Poker is considered by the majority of people as the king of card games. Poker has many variations played all over the world. It is played with a standard card deck. Standard decks contain 52 cards. Some poker variations require less cards and others some extra cards, called "wild cards". Jokers are considered in poker as "wild cards". A deck contains four suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. Each suit contains 13 cards. The cards are ranked from the lowest to the highest as: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace. In some poker variations Ace can be used as the highest card or the lowest one, depending on the situation. The objective of the game is to make a stronger hand than your opponents and take the pot.

Some of the most popular poker variations are Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi-Low, Caribbean poker, Draw Poker, 7 Card Stud and 5 Card Stud poker. Online Casinos offer their customers great poker tournaments and free games for practice. Poker is for sure the most interesting card game of all.

Blackjack is also known as "21" due to its origins in a French game called "Vingt-un". Blackjack is played with a 52 card deck, but nowadays two or more mixed packs can be used. The number on the card is the value of the card. Court cards value is 10, Aces value can be 1 or 11, depending on the situation. Suits do not matter in blackjack, they have no value. Blackjack is played against a banker. The goal of the game is to win more money than the banker by drawing cards and making a total of 21 points or as close to 21 as possible. Going over 21, means you busted and you lose the pot. Blackjack is a simple and fun game played with cards. But simple or not using a good strategy like card counting could help you increase your winning chances.

Baccarat, also called "Punto Banco", is by far one of the most glamorous casino card games. It's a game for everyone. It doesn't require special skills or complicated strategies, it's a game based purely on luck. Baccarat is a game with high stakes. The baccarat table is usually found in casinos in specially arranged places, away from the crowds and the other casino action. Baccarat is played with 8 decks of cards, chips or money for bets and a dealing shoe. The object of this game is to win the pot money by making from two or three cards a combination close to nine. All players have to do in order to have a chance to the pot is to learn how the cards are counted in this game.

About the author:

Erik Cutler is a Toronto based copywriter and SEO specialist. He's been working in online gambling since the late 90s. He runs a website titled Safe Casinos.

[Article submitted June 2006]

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