Fun Gambling Activities You Can Do With Friends

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three friends, a woman and two men, are sitting at a dining table playing rock, paper, scissors - there are drinks, food and a cellphone on the table
BetMGM Jul 04, 2023, 8:07 AM

So, you and your buddies are at a loose end, hanging out with nowhere to go and not sure what to do. You’re feeling a little competitive or like you need a challenge but, at the same time, just want to have some companionable fun. What are you going to do? Crack some beers, find a deck of cards, a couple of dice and some coins and you’re good for a whole day’s entertainment with a home version of casino table games. And with a mobile phone or a computer between you, you could also up the ante and have some online casino fun. Boys’ or girls’ night will never be the same after you’ve read this!

Things to Do With a Deck Of Cards

One deck of cards can go a long way. Here are some ideas for anything from two players – just you and your BFF – to as many as you can fit around your table.

1. Blackjack

As long as you can count to 21, anyone can play blackjack. The rules are simple – your hand needs to add up to as close to 21 as possible. Go over and you’re bust or stay under and take a chance on beating the house – in this case, the nominated friend who’s the dealer. The good news is that the dealer is still your friend and is definitely part of the game. Keep your eye on what’s been dealt and calculate your risk. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’re ready to take on an online blackjack live dealer.

2. Poker

Okay, so you do need to know the basic rules of poker before you get yourself dealt into a game. But, among friends and playing for matchsticks or the next round of beers is a great way to learn before you take yourself to the online casino real-money site. Success at poker is all about a combination of a good hand of cards and an ability to keep a straight face, whatever you’ve been dealt. So, a word of warning – it can be potentially risky to play with good friends who know you well and can see when you’re bluffing.

3. High Cards

Place your bets and pull a card. It couldn’t be simpler. The highest card takes the pot. Aces can be high or low, but be sure to decide upfront if you all still want to be friends by the end of the game.

Games to Play With a Pair of Dice

Undoubtedly someone will have a board game with some dice in it – Monopoly, snakes and ladders – go take a look (in fact, betting on board games is also lots of fun to play with friends.) Now you’re all set for a game of craps. With friends, you can make your own rules on how to score, but if you’re looking for an authentic experience, you can also play online casino craps. 

Games With Coins

If you’re not using all your loose change for stakes, try a game of coin flip. Heads or tails. You’ve got a 50/50 chance and those are pretty good odds by anyone’s standards.

If you’ve each got a quarter, then pitch quarters is fun indoors or out. Pick a spot a short distance from where you’re all standing and see who can throw their quarter nearest the mark. The winner takes all the quarters, but then be prepared to give them back for the next round. This is fun with friends, remember.

Sports Betting

Turn on the TV and watch the game. Place a bet on the outcome and shout yourselves hoarse supporting your team.  Or go online and bet on any game, match or race. And if you’re not into sports, don’t worry, there are plenty of online casino games for you to choose from.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

No cards, dice or coins? How about a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors? You can play knockout rounds between all the friends and declare your ultimate Rock, Paper, Scissors champion. Simple childish games can be the most fun.

Go the Whole Hog!

The best fun without leaving home is to log on to online casino games and choose from a whole range of live table games as a group activity. How about online roulette, for example? Gather round and spin the wheel!

But before you start, here’s another fun thing to try – a personality test that will reveal who among you is best suited to which game. Are you an analyst, sentinel, diplomat or explorer and can your friends guess whose profile is whose? Or how about some online slots? You can all pick the same slot game and pit yourselves against each other. Who’s gonna hit that jackpot first? 

Once you’ve had your first group online gambling session with friends, you’ll no doubt be making it a regular thing. Here’s the lowdown on all the games you can play. They’re fun, they’re interactive and you can play them all with your besties. All you have to do is register at BetMGM.

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