Table Gaming History & Strategies
The Italian word "baccarat" means "zero" in English. Since the French "baccarat" means the same, even today there are many debates pertaining to the origin of the game and each country wants to claim it as theirs.
Origin of baccarat game
And here is one of these versions: the game was first invented by an Italian gambler Felix Falguierein in the middle ages and first was played with a deck of Tarot cards.
They say that the game " ...was based on an old Etruscan ritual of the nine gods, who prayed to a blonde virgin on their tiptoes waiting for her to throw a nine-sided die. The result of the die decided her fate. If an eight or a nine was thrown, she would become the priestess; if she threw a six or seven, she would be banned from any further religious activities; if she threw any number less than six, she would walk into the sea."
I just wonder, if there were any commission?
Later, the baccarat was introduced in France around 1490 A.D. and remained an exclusive game to the French nobility for some time before becoming a casino game.
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The term Blackjack was introduced to the game of blackjack in 1931 by casinos in Las Vegas. The game reached America from in the 1800´s, but unlike the French version of Vingt-et-un, it was proving very unpopular. The casinos needed to attract custom and so invented a new hand to the game.
Origin of blackjack game
Derived from old French card games like "Chemin de Fer" and "French Ferme," the game of blackjack made its first appearance in French casinos around 1700. In France, blackjack is called "Vingt-et-Un," which means "Twenty-and-A." The game garnered it's now-common name of "blackjack" because when a player received a Jack of Spades and an Ace of Spades as the first two cards that were dealt to them, they would win an additional amount of money. Blackjack became popular in the United States around the 1800's and continues to be the most popular casino table game to date.
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Carribean Stud Poker
Carribean Stud Poker name
As a result of the popularity of poker, casinos created a house banked game known as Caribbean Stud Poker in order to lure poker fans to play more table games. The birth of the game is not well referenced, which is unusual for a relatively new game. Gambling genius David Sklansky has laid claim to formulating the game on a well-known poker forum, positing that he invented the game in 1982 using the name “Casino Poker”.
When he developed the game the rules had some differences like, the dealer having two hole cards revealed instead of only one hole card revealed as in Caribbean Stud today. Likewise there was no progressive jackpot in the game he allegedly founded. Sklansky was unable to patent "Casino Poker" due to patent laws, according to the story. A few years afterwards he was approached by a poker player who brought the game to Aruba and had it patented. The poker player and a casino owner changed the rules slightly to form what we experience nowadays as Caribbean Stud Poker.
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The first take on craps history - According to Richard Epstein, craps is descended from an earlier game known as Hazard, that dates to the Middle Ages. The formal rules for Hazard were established by Montmort early in the 1700s. The origin of the name craps is shrouded in doubt, but it may have come from the English crabs, or from the French Crapeaud (for toad).
There is also evidence that a form of craps can be dated back to the time of the Holy Roman Empire. Soldiers in the Roman Legions used to shave down pig knuckles into the shapes of cubes, and toss them onto their inverted shields as a form of entertainment while in camp. Hence we get the term 'to roll the bones'.
Origin of craps game
In 1125 AD Sir William of Tyre was the leader of a crusaders and they had come upon the castle which was named Asart or Hazarth. Sir William of Tyre and his knights placed a siege on the castle and their favorite pastime activity had won its name during this siege and the game was named after the castle.
There are scholars that believe Hazard originated from an Arabic dice game called "Al Zar" which means "dice" in Arabic and perhaps the game migrated to Europe with the help of merchants even before the 12th century.
There are evidences for dice games even in Egypt dating back to 2600BC which may prove that dice games did originated in the Arabic world which have a vital part in the craps history, but scholars can’t quite connect these finding to craps history, at least for now.
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Let It Ride
Let It Ride name
"Let It Ride" was invented by Shuffle Master, who owns the trademark to both the name of the game and the logo.
Origin of let it ride game
Let It Ride is a casino variation of poker, played against the casino rather than against the other players. The game's relatively slow pace and the chance to pull back two of the three bets has made Let It Ride popular with older players and table game neophytes. At the same time, the game's slow pace has resulted in some casino dealers nicknaming the game Let It Die. (A slow-paced game results in fewer tips for the dealer, hence the derogatory nickname.)
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Origin of omaha hi/lo poker game
The history of Omaha Hi Lo begins around the start of the Second World War when community card poker games first became popular. Texas Holdem has always been the most prominent community card poker game but Omaha is fast catching up. During the 1980′s Robert Turner, a professional poker player from California, is said to have introduced the game of Omaha to Golden Nugget card room manager and pro poker player William ‘Bill’ Boyd. As a result Boyd started to spread the game in the Golden Nugget labeling it ‘Nugget Holdem’, a name which obviously would never stick.
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Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker name
This version of poker originally comes from the ancient Chinese game called 'Pai Gow', which means, "make nine" in Chinese. The ancient game has since merged with the basic form of poker to become a very popular, and relatively new, gambling game.
Origin of pai gow poker game
It only entered Vegas casinos in 1987, but was an instant success due to its established popularity in California and surrounding areas. The game debuted in Atlantic City casinos the following year and has been a popular and exciting activity at casinos ever since.
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Roulette (sometimes known as 'rulet') is a casino game named after a French diminutive for "little wheel". In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.
Origin of roulette game
The game has been played in its present form since as early as 1796 in Paris. An early description of the roulette game in its current form is found in a French novel La Roulette, ou le Jour by Jaques Lablee, which describes a roulette wheel in the Palais Royal in Paris in 1796. The description included the house pockets, "There are exactly two slots reserved for the bank, whence it derives its sole mathematical advantage." It then goes on to describe the layout with, "...two betting spaces containing the bank's two numbers, zero and double zero
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Red Dog name
When the game was first introduced in the United States in the 19th century, it was known as In-Between. However, the game was not hugely popular as the original rules made it too easy for players to cheat. Other gambling card games like poker were much more popular with gamblers of the time. However, when gambling was legalized in Las Vegas in 1931 the game was reintroduced with new rules and a new name – Red Dog Poker.
Origin of red dog game
The game of Red Dog Poker has a history that goes back over a century. It was originally played in the United States during the 1800s. However, the game would never have been created if it hadn’t been for the invention of playing cards in 12th century Egypt, China or India.
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Sic Bo name
The history of Sic Bo dates back to the game's origins in ancient China, the term Sic Bo meaning literally "dice pair", although to add an element of oriental intrigue into the equation the game is actually played with three dice! Sic Bo is, in essence, a simple dice game; historically it is thought that the game was played with bricks, tumbled between two plates and an overturned bowl, which over time was adapted to the dice and cage shaker variant common in today's casino versions.
Origin of sic bo game
The ancient game of Sic Bo is also as Tai Sai, "Lucky Dice" and as "Hi Lo" in the Philippines. In Macau the game is widely played under the name "Dai Siu", meaning "Big Small", referring to the most popular betting option. The game is also similar in concept to an English game called "Grand Hazard." Throughout the history of Sic Bo the game has been throughout Southeast Asia, Korea, China and increasingly, due in part to the movement of populations from those countries to the west during the nineteenth century, it has gained popularity in the West and is now played in many Western casinos.
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Texas Hold'em name
While there is no clear evidence as to where the game emerged from, it is sure that the game originated in Texas. The legend says that the earliest version of the game was played by Robstown, Texas in the early 1900s. The game is said to have first come to Dallas, Texas, in 1925 and the word ‘Poker’ of which it is a popular version, comes from the German word ‘pochen’, which means, “to knock”.
Origin of texas hold'em poker game
The game is then said to have been introduced to Las Vegas by a few Texan gamblers and card players. This included the names of Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. Soon later, Crandell Addington also wrote about the history of no-limit Texas hold'em for Doyle Brunson's Super System 2. The game gained popularity in 1970, and in the same year the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino was opened in Las Vegas by Benny Binion. Not just the popularity, but also the manner in which the game can be played has evolved too. With modern technological innovations, today it is possible to play Texas Holdem directly on the Internet or even on a cell phone.
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