Slots have come a long way since their invention in San Francisco in 1887. Most people think that all slot machines operate the same way – you press a button or pull a lever and let the machine do its magic. In reality there are many different types of slot machines with many different styles of play. Many players enjoy their favorite card games in slot form. These are three of the top card games to play on a slot machine.
The rules of Blackjack slot machines are somewhere in the middle of a traditional slot machine and the card game Blackjack which is also known as 21. The goal of the game is to reach a hand of 21 points. Aces count as 11 points, face cards count as 10 points and all other cards count for their numerical value. These rules are mixed with a 3 faced slot machine. Instead of landing a traditional 3 of a kind or 1 of each jackpot you are aiming to hit 3 slots that add up to 21 or 2 slots that add up to 21 and a blank. You get paid an extra bonus depending on how many cards it takes to get to 21 and if you used face cards to get there. Pulling a slot that comes up with an Ace and a Jack brings you the highest jackpot.
Poker slots are essentially a video poker machine mixed with a slot machine. Every time you pull the slot lever or push the button you have the potential of a 5 card hand made up of any of 52 cards in the deck. The machine pulls a hand and you pull a hand and the goal is to have the higher hand. All of the traditional rules for poker stand – Royal Flush beats a straight flush, straight flush beats a full house, etc. Different machines will have different variations of poker such as Omaha Hi, Five Card Stud, and Texas Hold Em. The odds of winning and pay outs differ from game to game and machine to machine.
Pai Gow Slots
Pai Gow is a Chinese card game that is similar to poker. Your goal is to create 2 poker hands out of 7 cards that are dealt to you by the dealer. You create 1 hand of 5 cards and 1 of 2 cards. The 5 card hand must exceed the value of the 2 card hand. Five card hands are valued at standard poker rankings and this is how Pai Gow slots work. You pull the slot and are assigned the cards – you choose which cards you want to continue with and then play against the computer. Depending on what version you are playing there may be Jokers and your 2 card hand may have a different value – in traditional Pai Gow poker the only 2 card hands are pairs and high cards. Your goal is to beat the hand of the computer.
These are the three top card game slots. While there are many different games played on slots these are by far the most common and the easiest to learn, and therefore the easiest to profit from.
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