Contrary to popular belief, gambling is big in Asia. In Japan, almost all anime films feature casino themes. In China, Macau is the new entertainment capital of the world after overtaking Las Vegas a decade ago.
by James Bond The favorite casino game, baccarat, is not only popular in Las Vegas. It is the most dominant game in Macau. Baccarat helps casinos in Macau generate up to 70% of their revenue annually.
Elsewhere in the world, slot machines are the most popular casino games, especially in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Europe. So how did baccarat win Macau? On the one hand, it is the wealthy players in mainland China who love this game.
Second, baccarat is a simple game to play. It uses ordinary poker cards. But you have to rely on cards with face value from 2 to 9. Face cards like queens and kings count as zero while ace cards count as one. The objective is to obtain a hand of nine.
Unlike most casino games, you can bet on three outcomes in baccarat: the banker, the player and the draw. The banker hand has the lowest house edge at 1.06%, the player comes second at 1.24% while the ties have the worst odds at 14.36%.
2—Pai Gow and Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow is a traditional Chinese game that works like dominoes. It features four tiles with eight dominoes each. It is one of the most popular casino games in Macau, the Philippines and Singapore. Lately, you can also play Pai Gow in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
To win a game of Pai Gow, you must form two hands called the front hand and the back hand. The object is to beat a dealer with both hands. If one of your hands loses to the dealer, it is treated as a push, a draw.
Pai Gow poker is a mixture of Pai Gow and poker. Sam Torosian, owner of the Bell Card Club in Las Vegas, is said to have created the first Pai Gow poker game in 1985.
This game uses the standard deck of 52 cards. It features six players competing to defeat a casino dealer. You need strong hands to win: a hand consisting of five cards and a second hand consisting of two cards.
Depending on where you find this game, it may be called tai sai, dai siu, hi-lo or Sic Bo. Either way, it’s the same game first played in China and now available in Asia and the West.
Sic Bo is a dice game. As such, it is purely based on chance. Nevertheless, here are some of the outcomes you can bet on. Keep in mind that the dealer rolls three dice:
- Big—the total score of the three dice will range from 11 to 17.
- Little— the score will go from 4 to 10.
- odd/even—the total score will be an odd or even number
- Triple specific—All three dice will have the same result
- Double specific—two of the three dice will have a specific number
In Japan they have an arcade, pinball-like game known as Pachinko. The object is to catch the pinball machines once they are thrown into a pachinko machine. Because the game is limited to Japan, players receive prizes instead of cash after winning this game.
Pachinko could be a great alternative to slot machines in Japan. But in most parts of Asia, slot machines are more popular. In fact, slots are also quite dominant in Japan, with developers winning over the crowd with Asian-inspired themes:
- Sakura Fortune
- 88 Fortune
- Princess Koi
- 100 pandas
- Hong Bao
As we mentioned earlier, slot machines are the most popular casino games in most parts of the world. They are attractive by design. They are easy to play and promise huge profits.
Now, not all slot machines can turn you into a millionaire. And not all games are fun to play. If you want a slot machine that pays out generously, try progressive jackpots. If you want fun slots, contact video slots.
In the table game space, few games capture the attention of players like poker does. Most people who fall in love with poker don’t care about other casino games. They devote all their efforts to becoming excellent poker players.
Speaking of which, poker is one of those games that relies less on luck and more on skill. Take Texas Hold’em as an example. After you’ve been dealt your first two cards in the pre-flop phase, whether you win or lose depends on how you play.
Some people jump, which means they raise their blinds too much. This tactic can scare opponents into folding. But this is rarely recommended. After the flop, most players usually know their odds of winning. As such, some will go all-in with their bets. Others fold while others play it safe.
You decide how much money to risk. And you choose a roulette bet:
- Straight number
- Black red
- Dozen bets
- corner bets
- Doubles and triples
Each type of bet has a specific house edge and payout. For example, a black/red bet pays 1 to 1 and the odds are 48% in European roulette and 47% in American roulette.
In some parts of the world, blackjack is considered a royal game. Unlike poker, you face the house, not your teammates. You are playing against a dealer.
The object is to defeat that dealer by producing a hand of 21. If you win, you are paid 3:2 or 6:5. In some variations of blackjack like perfect pairs, you can also be paid 30 to 1 or 1 to 1 depending on the outcome of your cards.