Underappreciated Casino Card Games

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BetMGM Jul 15, 2022, 12:36 PM

Texas Hold’em, blackjack, slots and roulette these games are synonymous with casinos the world over. However, many other onsite and online casino games that aren’t as well known can deliver just as much of a thrill.

If you love card games and are looking for a break away from your usual casino table games, here are a few you can dabble in and perhaps even enjoy on a more regular basis. They could even become the best casino games that you play! Several of them have online versions in addition to their in-person versions, allowing you to take part anytime, anywhere.

To pique your interest, we’re including a few lesser-known or underappreciated games, as well as some of their associated casino card game rules so that you can get to know a little more about them. Which ones might you like to try out?

Three-card poker

The main difference between three-card poker – also known as brag – and most other versions of the game is that you’re only playing against the dealer. The objective of this game is to make the best poker hand using just three cards.

This poker variant, played at a blackjack-style table, can include up to seven opponents. The dealer will deal three face-up cards to each player and three face-down cards to themself. Bets are made before the cards are dealt. Once all cards are on the table, players can either raise their bet or fold based on what they see in front of them. With more than half the cards now dealt, it’s up to you to decide what’s left in the deck that the dealer could possibly have. On the final decision, the dealer will reveal his hand and the players’ subsequent wins or losses.

Interestingly, three-card poker was one of the Easter Eggs in the hit video game GTA III.

Teen patti and yablon

Teen patti, also known as flash or flush, originated in India and is similar to three-card poker. This game’s stand-out feature is that players receive only one round of three cards face-up. They must then raise the ante or fold based only on what they see in front of them.

Yablon, another three-card game, can be compared to red dog poker or acey-deucey. Suits don’t matter and the bet takes place on the outcome of the third card.

Casino War

Casino war is a game based on the pure luck of the draw and can be played in many online casinos. It’s all about having the highest card in your hand. Bets are placed on whether the dealer or the player will have the winning card. If both cards have the same value, then “war” is declared. Subsequently, each player receives an additional card until one player comes up trumps with the highest card.

Spanish 21

Similar to blackjack, Spanish 21 requires the player to draw cards that add up to 21. Note that this game is played with several decks from which all the 10s have been removed. For an outright win, the player must get 21 with two cards (which isn’t as easy to do without the 10s, of course.) Beating the dealer with other card combinations will also result in a win and a payout.

The payout ratio depends on the number of cards used to make the winning hand. A decent combination that pays everybody at the table is if a player has a suited 7-7-7 against the dealer’s initial 7. You’d be very lucky to get this because it could win you a super bonus of up to $5,000 depending on your bet, with your fellow players also getting a $50 payout. It’s the real “sharing is caring” kind of hand – but of course, it’s very rare.

Faro

Faro is another exciting casino table game with a long history – it was hugely popular in 17th-century French noble houses. Although originally played with 32 cards, it is now played with the standard 52-card deck.

The faro table has one suit of cards pasted to it (usually the spades). Players place bets on which cards the dealer will flip, the cards’ face value and the order in which they’ll be flipped. Punters can even make reverse bets with special chips or tokens.

Faro is a game with an interesting history: it’s been played by the Italian adventurer Casanova, as well as American icon John “Doc” Holliday. The game even made it into pop culture when it was featured in the 2014 Assassin’s Creed Unity game.

Trente et quarante

The French seem to have had a penchant for gambling, given that they took up and refined many of the games we play today. Trente et quarante, which translates as “thirty and forty,” is one such game. 

Wondering how to play this casino card game? Well, it’s easy. Trente et quarante is yet another pure-luck game with cards being dealt from six combined decks. The card values in this game are ace = 1; number cards = their face value; and jacks, queens and kings = 10.

It’s played across two lines and requires two dealers. Punters who play trente et quarante bet on which row of cards’ sum will be closest to 31. They can also bet on whether the first cards in the two rows will be the same.

Baccarat

Last but not least is baccarat, which happens to be one of the best online casino games for beginners. It’s just as much fun in a live dealer online casino as at a brick-and-mortar casino and it also relies solely on luck. The basic idea of this casino table game is to bet on either the player’s or banker’s hand being the better option, which you would do before the cards are dealt. The player and the banker each receive two cards: you bet on whose card will be closest to 9 or whether they will have the same score. 

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