How to Play Casino Table Games

The first things most people notice when entering a casino are the bright lights and the alluring sounds of the slot machines. While slots have their charms, some gamblers prefer to play games where the odds are more in their favor. Casino table games are just as exciting as slots, but require a bit more attention and skill. Before taking a seat at a casino table, though, players need to know the rules of the game. If you're ready to try your luck at the Golden Acorn Casino table games, read on to get familiar with the rules of our two favorites: Blackjack and 3 Card Poker.

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How to Play Blackjack

The Objective

The goal of Blackjack is to have a higher score than the dealer at the end of the round without going over 21. It's important to remember that you're not competing against the other players, just the dealer.

The Set-Up

To start, each player places a bet. The dealer then gives one card face up to each player, including himself. Another round of cards is dealt to each player, also face-up, but the dealer's card is facedown. If any player's cards total 21, they automatically win (unless the dealer also has 21, which makes it a tie).

The Strategy

Once you have your first two cards, you'll need to decide whether to "hit" (ask for another card to get closer to 21) or "stand" (keep cards as-is). Face cards are worth 10 and aces are worth 1 or 11, whichever works better. You can ask for as many more cards as you want, one at a time, but if you go over 21 it's a "bust" and you lose.

Another option while playing is splitting pairs. If your first two cards are of the same denomination, you can treat them as two separate hands and place another bet on the second hand. You can also "double down" on a single hand, doubling your bet in return for receiving only one more card—a good option when your first two cards total 9, 10 or 11.

Other Blackjack tips:
  • Always split two 8's or two aces
  • If the dealer's face-up card is 7 or more, hit until you have 17, then stand.
  • If the dealer's face-up card is 6 or less, hit until you have at least 12, then stand.
  • Avoid taking "insurance" or "even money," which usually favor established players and not beginners.
The Win

When the dealer has served every player, his facedown card is turned up. If his total is 17 or more, he stands. If his total is 16 or less, he takes a card. If your final total is more than the dealer's and less than 21, you win!

How to Play 3 Card Poker

The Objective

Three Card Poker is an exciting stud poker game. You may bet against the dealer, bet on the value of your own three-card hand, or bet both. Bonus payouts may be had for certain hands when wagering against the dealer. Three Card Poker also features an optional Pairs Plus side bet. Our friendly staff is happy to help you with any questions you have.

3 Card Poker Hands

Pair Plus

The Pair Plus side bet wins if your three card poker hand contains a pair or better.


Ante lets you play against the dealer's hand. It's just your cards against the dealer's. If you bet on the ante and like your hand, you must place an equal wager on the play spot. It's your poker hand against the dealers poker hand, and the best hand wins!

To Play

It's you and your cards for a pair or better, and its you against the dealer for the best poker hand. You must also make the play wager or you will forfeit the ante wager.

Ante Bonus

If you make the ante and play wagers, you may win a bonus payout even if the dealer doesn't qualify, and even if the dealers hand beats your hand.

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