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.
Summer in San Diego means beaches, barbecues, bikinis…and heat! Especially in East County, where triple-digits can be the norm for days on end. Instead of sweltering at home, wouldn’t you rather enjoy a cool indoor atmosphere while playing the hottest casino games around? Golden Acorn Casino has the perfect games to accompany your favorite summery cocktail—brought right to your machine or table!
Slots of the future
With 750 slot machines in our 65,000-square-foot casino floor, you’re sure to find a game that catches your eye, whether it’s because the jackpot is insanely high or because it features your favorite movie or TV show. We’ve also debuted an all-new frontier in slot machines: Sphinx 3D, which utilizes cutting-edge 3D technology without the need for 3D glasses. Come for the graphics that leap off the screen, and stay for the chance to win the Pharaoh’s treasure!
When it comes to gambling, some people often believe that certain objects or rituals will bring them luck and help them win big at the casino! A lot of these good luck charms are pretty common knowledge such as a rabbit’s foot or a horseshoe, but some of these gambling-specific good luck charms will surprise you.
Test your luck with one of these 8 gambling good luck charms:
#1 Family Memento
Many people believe that bringing an old family object that has been passed down through generations will bring them luck at the casino. This could be anything from an old family photograph, family jewelry, or any kind of small token or gift that has been passed through the family.
It’s officially road trip season. At Golden Acorn Casino, we have the feeling it’s going to be an epic summer. If your road trip happens to take you through Southern California, we’ve got a few ideas for you. Yes, of course, you’ll want to hit the beach, maybe try a surfing lesson, but if you’ve got a taste for something quirky, spooky, glute-busting, or just plain off-the-beaten-path, try this list of must-see stops while traveling through Southern California.
1) Sunny Jim’s Cave – Adventurers can explore this cave in La Jolla that was once used to smuggle Chinese immigrants and contraband whiskey during Prohibition. The cave also has ties to L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.
When you think of gambling in California, Las Vegas-style reservation casinos are probably the first things to come to mind. So you might be surprised to learn that the history of gambling in the state goes far back—all the way to the beginning!
What does Poker have to do with it?
When California became a state in 1850, poker was already a staple of Gold Rush saloons. But across the country, states were starting to crack down on gambling, so legislators decided to pre-empt prohibition by writing into the brand-new state constitution that poker was a game of skill, not chance—an important distinction that still affects gambling laws today. Card clubs and poker rooms continued to flourish, and there are around 90 currently in operation in the state with annual revenues topping $1 billion annually.
Whether you’re celebrating a jackpot or need fortification for an epic round of slots, there’s nothing like a refreshing drink from the bar to enhance your next trip to the casino. The only question is, what should you order? If you don’t already have a favorite standard, check out this list of the 10 most commonly ordered drinks at bars for inspiration.
Blended or over ice, Margaritas are as refreshing as they are versatile. Enjoy the drink original-style (tequila, triple sec, and lime juice) or mix it with an unlimited variety of fruits like strawberry, mango, melon, and pomegranate. Fun fact: the most popular tequila cocktail in the U.S. is also somewhat local—its origin is said to be somewhere between Tijuana and Ensenada!
Another classic cocktail with versatility to spare, Martinis are typically made with gin and vermouth, although vodka can be substituted—and don’t forget the James Bond-popularized option of “shaken or stirred.” Basic Martinis can also be transformed to a variety of cocktails such as the Appletini (mixed with apple schnapps), Blue Martini (blue curacao), and the risqué-sounding Dirty Martini (extra olive juice).
The moment you step foot in Golden Acorn Casino, anything is possible. Every roll of the dice, flip of a card, or pull of a slot machine has the potential to change your life in an instant. Eventually, someone has to win big.
“Who’s going to take home the jackpot tonight?” you wonder. “Could it be me?”
The biggest wins in casino history were likely preceded by these very thoughts. After all, anyone who’s ever played blackjack or a slot machine has dreamed of hitting the jackpot. The lucky folks below actually did, and they became legends for their record-breaking wins.
1. On January 26, 2000, Las Vegas cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay tried her hand at the Megabucks slot machine while celebrating her future mother-in-law’s birthday. On her ninth pull, Jay won $34,959,458.56. At the time, this was the largest Megabucks jackpot in history.
2. In 2003, a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles reclaimed the record for largest Megabucks jackpot winner with a win of $39,713,982.25. After officials checked his ID and verified his eligibility, the anonymous winner received his first of 25 annual checks for a cool $1.5 million.
There are a lot of myths circulating about how to win the jackpot on a slot machine. At Golden Acorn Casino, we’ve pretty much heard them all. Unfortunately, many people take these misconceptions to heart and end up disappointed when they don’t win.
At Golden Acorn, we’re big believers that visiting the casino should be a fun experience, not one that leaves you feeling defeated. Before we attempt to dispel the myths about slot machine strategy, it’s important to understand how slot machines actually work.
Slot machines have a chip inside of them that runs a Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG constantly cycles through numbers even when no one is playing on the machine. When you hit the spin button or pull the lever, the RNG picks the combination at that given nanosecond and displays that same series of numbers behind the payline.
Why are we telling you this? Understanding how rapidly the RNG cycles through number combinations helps us to dispel our first, and what’s probably the most frustrating, myth about slot machine strategy.
Here at Golden Acorn, we get the whole Vegas thing. We really do. It’s fun, it’s flashy, it’s opulent, and the food is fantastic. But there’s also plenty of gaming fun to be had right here at home. In fact, we can think of quite a few reasons as to why visiting your local casino beats a trip to Vegas. Here’s our top 8:
#1. You’ll save money on travel
Even though Vegas is a mere 5-hour-drive away from San Diego, it still requires quite a financial commitment. You have to consider the drive time, the gas, the hotel stay, plus the meals and entertainment, and when you add it all up, even a weekend getaway costs a pretty penny. When you visit your local casino, you get the fun and the great food without spending your whole vacation budget.
#2. You can go home and sleep in your own bed
If you have a comfy bed, and you love your sleep, but you love the slot machines and the table games, too, then your local casino gives you the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, hotel beds can’t always be counted on to be not-too-soft or not-too-hard. When you do your gaming at a local casino, you can go home to sleep in your own bed when it’s all over (and come back tomorrow if you want).