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Las Vegas Casino Games FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Las Vegas casino games and gambling at Las Vegas casino. How to play various casino games. The things you should know and things you should be aware of. See the most common topics and more.

Las Vegas Casino Games Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

General Questions

In Nevada, guests must be 21 to gamble on the casino floor. Learn more about the legal ages to gamble at various U.S. casinos.

Look for games with a small house advantage. For the player, the best games to play are Blackjack, Craps and Baccarat. These are the games where the house advantage are most reduced, meaning in the short run you can beat them.

Tipping is a key element of casino etiquette. Las Vegas casino dealers are paid minimum wage and rely on tips to make a living. Tipping is neither mandatory nor necessary but dealers expect to be tipped when you are winning. Tossing your dealer about $5 in chips per hour you're playing seems appropriate.

Gambling winnings are fully taxable and you must report the income on your tax return. The casino will furnish a Form W-2G to you to fill out if you receive:

1. $1,200 or more in gambling winnings from bingo or slot machines;
2. $1,500 or more in winnings (reduced by the wager) from keno;
3. More than $5,000 in winnings (reduced by the wager or buy-in) from a poker tournament;
4. $600 or more in gambling winnings (except winnings from bingo, keno, slot machines, and poker tournaments) and the payout is at least 300 times the amount of the wager; or
5. Any other gambling winnings subject to federal income tax withholding.

If you win the above reportable amount, you will be required to provide two forms of identification such as driver’s license and social security card. This information will be used to furnish the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a statement (W2-G) reporting your payoff.

Under United States treaty law, all non-resident aliens winning a reportable amount are subject to a 30% withholding tax and the casinos are required to deduct such amount from your winnings before payment.

Yes. Gambling can be a source of entertainment but for some people it can be a debilitating disease. Gambling addiction is the uncontrollable urge to continue gambling despite the toll it takes on one's life. Visit our Responsible Gambling resource for more information.

The house edge or house advantage is the difference between the true odds and the odds that the casino pays you when you win.

Backjack FAQ's

The best possible hand in Blackjack is a combination of an Ace with a 10-card or a face card. This is an automatic 21, when counting the Ace as an 11, and is called, "Blackjack", or a Natural. It cannot be beaten, unless the dealer has the same, which would be a Push, a tie. In a push, the player receives the bet back.

If your initial two-card hand includes two cards of the same value, you have the option of “splitting” them into two separate hands. You must match your original bet if you “split.” You may “split” a pair up to three times (making four separate hands). You can take as many “hits” as you like on each hand. If you “split” a pair of Aces, you will receive only one card on each of the hands, but if one of the “hit” cards is another Ace, you may re-split.

Under all known playing strategies it is recommended that Aces and Eights always be split.

"Insurance" is an optional bet when the dealer’s "up" card is an Ace. You may wager any amount up to half your original wager that the dealer’s down card has a value of 10. If the card has a value of 10, you win and will be paid 2-to-1 on your insurance wager. If the card has a value other than 10, you lose and the dealer takes your insurance bet.

The easiest way to add an ace is count it as a 1, and then if you want, add 10 to it.

If a Backjack table is designated a must-hit-soft-17 Blackjack game, the dealer must draw on all soft 17 hands until he or she obtains a point total of a hard 17 or higher.

Roulette FAQ's

Seats at the roulette table are for players only. The best way to learn the game, besides following the tip on this website is to attend on of the free lessions offered by some Las Vegas casinos.

European Roulette – European Roulette games feature 37 numbers, including the green single 0.

French Roulette – French Roulette features a unique game style and set of rules and like European Roulette, this game also has a single green 0 and numbers 1 – 36.

American Roulette – American Roulette wheel is marked with numbers 1-36 and features 2 zeroes. A single "0" and the double "00".

Each player receives a different color chip so the bets are not confused. Players play with their own distinct colored chips that are good only at the table where they're issued. Before leaving the table, be sure to cash in your roulette chips. Your roulette chips cannot be used or exchanged anywhere in the casino except at the table where they were purchased.

Each player decides the value of their chip when they are purchased. Roulette chips are usually purchased in stacks of 20 from the Dealer, in denominations of $1, $5, $25, and $100. For example, if you would like your roulette chips to be worth $1 each, then you would purchase a stack for $20.

1. The Martingale System – considered the best roulette strategy of them all, the Martingale System is based on a simple concept: each time you lose a hand, you double your bet. Even if you are on a losing streak, the idea is that sooner or later, you will win, and the payout should be significant enough for you to at least break even. Example, if you bet $10 and lose, you would place a $20 bet to try and recover your losses. If you win the $20 bet you have recouped your original $10 loss.

This looks simple, however, if you are experiencing a losing streak, the Martingale system can get really expensive. A losing streak of five or six losses in a row will probably sink the player.

2. The Paroli System – is a positive betting system whereby you increase your bet after you win, and you keep increasing your bet as your wins increase. Many experts recommend a Paroli player to go three decisions before decreasing his/her bet to its original amount. For example, if you bet $10 and win, then bet $20, if you win, then bet $40. Then you keep the winning bets and the original $10 is wagered to begin a new series.

3. The D’Alembert System - Rather than increasing chances by two, the D’Alembert System involves increasing bets by one after a loss and multiply it by one after a win.

Craps FAQ's

Besides spending some time on this website to learn the basics, once you are in Las Vegas, most casino dealers will be prepared to instruct novice players on each of the table games. Just choose a quiet time of the day, go up to any table and they will be happy to instruct you.

The horn bet is an all-inclusive bet covering the three craps numbers (2, 3 and 12) and 11 for the next roll. One-fourth of the amount bet is on each number.

Come Bets is essentially the Pass Line bet, except that you make it once the point’s been established.

You can bet that the shooter will roll a 2 or a 12, which pays 30 to 1. You can bet that he’ll roll any craps (remember, that’s 2, 3 or 12), which pays 7 to 1. Or you can bet that he’ll roll a 3 or an 11, which pays 15 to 1. You can bet that he’ll roll any 7, which pays 4 to 1.

Listen to the stickman. He calls the game, and everything he says is important. Don't hesitate to ask your friendly stickman for more information on Proposition Bets.

This is a bet that the shooter will roll a 4, 6, 8 or 10 the hard way. That is, as a pair of 2s, 3s, 4s or 5s respectively.

Dice-Ology™ is a bonus wager for craps that allows you to make three separate optional wagers.

Baccarat FAQ's

Mini-Baccarat offers the same excitement and fun that Baccarat does. The same rules apply as in Baccarat. In Mini-Baccarat, the croupier is the only person permitted to deal the cards.

Dragon Bonus is a Baccarat side bet that pays when the hand that is bet on is a natural winner, or when it wins by a margin of four or more points.
Texas Hold Em

What are the advantages of Ultimate Texas Hold'Em ?
Ultimate Texas Hold'Em offers several advantages:
1 The earlier you bet, the more you can bet.
2 You don’t have to fold until you see all the community cards.
3 The Trips bonus pays odds if your final five-card hand is a Three of a Kind or better.

Pai Gow Poker

How do you play Pai Gow Poker?
The only requirement in forming the two hands is that the second highest hand must contain only two cards and must be a lower ranking hand than the hand containing five cards. If this requirement is not satisfied, the hand is declared a “foul hand” and the wager is automatically forfeited.

There Card Poker

What is Pair Plus®?
Pair Plus® is a side bets that lets you bet against your own hand. If your hand contains a pair better, you win!

What is the Pair Plus Strategy?
Since the only decision the player has to make in this game is to play or not to play, there is no strategy involved. However, the very low house advantage makes it about as attractive as any table game you can find. You cannot bet five dollars and win a house here, but the payouts are very generous.

Let it Ride

What is Let It Ride® Stud Poker®?
Let It Ride® is a five card poker game that uses three cards dealt to the player and two community cards to make up their hand. They then have the chance to pull money back or Let It Ride® based on the strength of their hand.

Play Slots

What is that little white ticket I got out of the slot machine?
Todays slot machine technology allows you to carry around your “winnings” without the inconvenience of a big, heavy cup, like the good ol' days. Guests should also note that this ticket is the equivalent of cash and cannot be replaced if lost. In some casinos, that tickets expires after 180 days.

How does the ticket out/ticket in games work? At the end of your play, the slot machine will print out a ticket when you cash out instead of coin. You can either insert the ticket into another slot machine and credits will be issued to you on the machine for additional play. When you cash out at that game a new ticket will be printed and issued. After your play, you can cash out at any of the designated Ticket Redemption Machines throughout the gaming floor or simply take this ticket/voucher to any of the cashier windows for redemption.

Casino Loyalty Program FAQ's

Casino Loyalty Program is a player’s rewards program, that lets players accumulate points based on the amount played and the amount of time played. Casinos use your Rewards card to track your play and accumulate Points and Tier Credits. These points may then be redeemed for various, gifts, merchandise or added slot play.

Note: It is the responsibility of the member to properly insert their rewards card into the slot reader and verify its acceptance throughout the duration of slot machine play or to present his/her Rewards Card for tracking before playing table games.

Joining a Casino Loyalty Program is absolutely free and allows players to take part in great promotions and contests. Players can sign up for their Rewards Card online or by visiting the Guest Services desk at most casinos or visiting the casinos website.

To enroll, a new member must be at least 21 years of age. A valid, unexpired government issued photo identification is required for all Program transactions including but not limited to enrollment and point redemptions.

Government issued non-expired acceptable IDs include: Driver’s License (US and Canadian Only), State Issued Identification Card, including Real ID’s, Military or Military/Dependent ID cards, and Passports. Photo copies of any of these documents are not accepted.

Either stop by the casinos loyalty program booth usually located on the casino floor, fill out a short form and the staff will be happy to issue you a Rewards card on the spot or join online. Either way, an unexpired government issued photo identification will be required to obtain your Rewards card.

You will then receive casino promotions based on your rated play.

You can get a duplicate card by stopping by the rewards card center at your casino. Don’t forget to bring a valid photo ID.

We have put together a long list of Vegas casinos and links to obtain their Win/Loss Statements.

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