You might not think there are any “rules” to gambling outside the rules for each specific game, but as gambling has become an ever-more-mainstream form of entertainment, various rules and “commandments” have cropped up along the way. The good news is that these rules will both increase your chances of winning and ensure you have a great time even if you lose. Before your next trip to the casino, check out these 8 gambling rules to live by.
While gambling predates card games—surely our caveman ancestors devised ways to win extra mammoth skins from their friends—card games have flourished throughout history and around the world in both gambling and non-gambling formats (although we all know which is more fun!). We’ve gathered up a few examples of popular games around the globe. If you’re a world traveler, you might’ve even played a hand or two!
Twenty-Five is considered the national card game of Ireland, popular in rural pubs and at home. The object of the fast-moving game that’s half luck, half skill is to be the first player or team to reach 25 points, scoring five points per trick. We’re assuming winners will accept payment in the form of Guinness.
Another national card game, Klaverjassen is played with a 32-card deck instead of the more familiar 52-card pack, and features variants named after the cities where they originated: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible in 16 hands, although it’s not clear whether losers are sent to patrol for leaks in the dikes.