The Best Games to Play at a Casino

The best games to play at a casino can all be found at Triple Crown Casinos, each with its own unique rules, bets, and winning strategies. The big question is, “how do you know which games to play first?” In this article, we’ll go over casino table games, casino slot games, and casino card games to help you decide which ones are right for you.

Best Casino Card Games

The most popular casino card games are Blackjack, Baccarat, and Poker (including all its variants). Baccarat is the simplest and most basic casino card game with only three possible betting options, making it an excellent choice for beginners. Poker and Blackjack are the most skill-intensive card games, but the rules are actually relatively straightforward, and it doesn’t take long to grasp the basics. If you’re interested in trying your hand at casino card games, but you aren’t confident yet, don’t worry. Simply visit the table and try observing first to get an idea of the game’s basic rules. When you’re ready to play, try out the low-stakes tables so you can practice and gain experience before moving on to higher-stakes tables.

Rules & How to Play Casino Card Games

The following are some basic rules and best practices for the most popular casino card games.

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Texas Hold’Em Poker

Today’s most popular form of poker is Texas Hold’Em, popularized by nationally-televised high-stakes Poker tournaments and countless Hollywood movies.

In Texas Hold’Em, each player receives two cards (called “hole” cards) to keep secret from the other players. After a round of betting, the dealer deals with several “community” cards in the table’s center. Players determine their hand’s strength by combining the two “hole” cards in their hand with three of the “community” cards on the table. The player with the most substantial five-card hand wins.

Since players only receive two cards in Texas Hold’Em, it’s not uncommon for everyone at the table to have a mediocre hand. This is where bluffing comes in handy — if you sense that your opponents don’t have a strong hand based on their betting patterns, you might consider bluffing by placing a much larger bet than they expect and getting them to fold.


Blackjack is a casino classic favored by beginners and veterans alike. In Blackjack, the player and the dealer are both dealt two cards. These cards can be either face-up or face-down, depending on the casino and particular table. Number cards are worth face value (e.g., a 5 is worth 5 points). Jacks, queens, and kings are worth 10 points. And Aces are worth either 1 or 11 points. The goal of Blackjack is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over it. If you go past 21, you bust and lose your bet. The player wins if they get a higher than the dealer (but not over 21) or if the dealer busts by going over 21.


Baccarat is the most straightforward and most beginner-friendly casino card game. To play, simply place a wager on one of three options, and the dealer takes care of the rest. In Baccarat, you can either bet on the player, the banker, or a tie. The player has a 44.64% chance of winning, whereas the banker has a slight advantage at 45.86%. To offset this, casinos often charge a 5% commission on all banker bets. A tie has a 9.52% chance of happening — if you bet on a tie, you’ll lose your bet nine times out of ten (but get a higher payout if you do win). Generally, the banker provides the greatest return on average, even when factoring in the 5% commission. Therefore, if you’re unsure which option to bet on, the banker is always a sure bet.

Three Card Poker

Unlike Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker is played against the dealer only, rather than other players. As the name implies, the dealer deals three cards to the player and himself. The player then can fold or place a bet based on the strength of their cards. In Three Card Poker, the dealer must draw at least a queen or higher to qualify for the game. If the dealer draws lower than a queen, everyone’s cards are shuffled and dealt with again. While other Poker types are highly dependent on reading your opponents and bluffing, Three Card Poker is not. If you prefer traditional Poker’s psychological aspect, then Three Card Poker might not be for you. On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy playing “mind games” with your opponents, you might prefer Three Card Poker over all the different variants.

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Best Casino Slot Machine Games

There are countless casino slot machine games you can play, each with its unique odds and payouts.

Types of Casino Slot Games

Classic Slot Machines

If you’re looking for a traditional, old-style casino experience, the classic slots are the way to go. There’s nothing like inserting a coin, pulling the lever, and experiencing the thrill of three red cherries lining up in an old-school slot machine. Sound like your cup of tea? Then you’ll love classic slot machines.

Progressive Slot Machines

What could be more exciting than having a chance at hitting a massive jackpot and taking home a fortune? With progressive slot machines, you have that chance. With every player that plays, the Jackpot climbs higher and higher — and continues to rise until one lucky player strikes on the winning combination and cashes out bigtime. So, if you like playing with high stakes, you’ll enjoy progressive slot machines.

Video Slot Machines

Slot machine technology has come a long way since the old days of mechanical “one-arm bandit” style machines. Modern video slot machines have sleek graphical interfaces that smoothly flow across the screen, along with a myriad of different styles. If you’re looking for a classic slot experience combined with the convenience of modern technology, you’ll love video slot machines.

3D Slot Machines

Today, some of the most popular slot machines are 3D slots, which are essentially video games blended with slot machines. There are a wide variety of different 3D slot machines, each with its unique theme, such as Cleopatra, Avatar, Iron Man, and countless others. If you’re a fan of video games, you’ll have a blast playing 3D slots.

Best Casino Dice Games

Dice games offer a unique combination of luck and skill — luck based on the dice rolls and skill-based on your betting strategy.

Rules & How to Play Casino Dice Games

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The most popular casino dice game, by far, is Craps. Virtually every casino around the world offers some variation of this classic game. In Craps, players bet on the outcome of a dice roll. The “shooter” rolls the dice, and players win or lose their bets depending on the roll. The most common type of bets in Craps is the “pass” or “don’t pass” bets, which have nearly a 50% chance of winning with a 1:1 payout and a small house edge of only 1.41%. This makes it one of the most comfortable and most profitable bets you can make. There are various other bets you can make in Craps, with lower odds but higher payouts, but these are riskier and have a higher house edge than the standard bets.

Sic Bo

Originating in ancient China, Sic Bo is a dice game now offered in some major casinos and on many online gambling platforms. Sic Bo is a simple and easy-to-play game. Three dice are placed in a chest while players make a wager on the dice roll outcome. The dealer then shakes the chest and reveals the dice, and players who guessed the outcome correctly win their bet. Sic Bo has similar odds and payouts as Craps — nearly 50% odds for the most common bets with a 1:1 payout, whereas the rarer bets have a higher payout in exchange for lower odds.

Which Casino Games Have the Best Odds of Winning?

As fun as slot machine games can be, the best games to play in a casino with the best odds of winning are all table games. The three games with the best odds are:


Blackjack has some of the best odds of any game in the casino, ranging from 42.43% to 49.5%, depending on the player’s play style and skill. Even at the lower end, a 42.43% chance of winning is much greater than that of most slot machines, and you can quickly raise that number by learning some basic Blackjack strategies and best practices.


Craps offers a solid chance at winning, with a near 50% chance of winning a standard bet and only a 1.4% house edge. This gives it the best odds of any casino game — and you don’t even need to be as skilled as Blackjack to get good odds.


Due to the decisive role that skill plays in Poker, it can have the highest odds of any casino game. Professional Poker players can regularly bring home significant profit and much more consistently than they would be able to with any other casino game. That said, it’s a double-edged sword. Poker has a baseline skill requirement, and without a grasp of the basics, the odds might not be in your favor. So the odds with Poker vary dramatically. But if you’re strategic, good at reading people, and convincing at bluffing, then you might find Poker to have better odds than any other game in the casino.

The Best Cripple Creek Casinos

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If you’re looking for the best games to play at a casino in Colorado, you’ll love Triple Crown Casinos in Cripple Creek! Comprised of three unique casinos, each with its unique theme and with an enormous variety of games, Triple Crown Casinos give you a Vegas-like gambling experience right in Colorado. So come visit Triple Crown Casinos in Cripple Creek for the most unforgettable gambling experience of your life!


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232 Bennett Ave,
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number: (719) 689-2446
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256 Bennett Ave,
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number: (719) 689-0303
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264 Bennett Ave
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Phone Number: (719) 689-2104

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