How to Play Craps

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Aces Up is the number one source for casino party entertainment! Along with poker, roulette, and blackjack, we also offer the center of casino action: craps or “dice.” Craps may look like an intimidating game to play if you’re a beginner, but our professional dealers can help you and your friends learn everything from the basic bets to advanced betting tactics. Before your first game, here are some instructions on how to play craps and some good bets you can make to start.

Facts About Craps

Craps was actually called “Hazard” in the 17th and 18th centuries and was played extensively all over Europe (France, in particular.) It developed the name “craps” from “crapaud,” which is French for “toad.” Craps traveled across the Atlantic and was enjoyed on Mississippi riverboats during the mid-1800s. While the odds may have increased, the rules of craps haven’t changed all that much through the last hundred years! Craps is also one of the best bets in the casino, with the house edge a mere 1.41%. It is important to make the correct bets, however.

How to Play

At the start of each round, a player will be given two dice and becomes the shooter. Everyone at the table bets on the same dice roll, whether they are the shooter or not. The first roll of a round is called a “Come-Out” roll. The basic bet is the Pass Line bet and it pays 1:1 (bet $1, win $1.) After all bets, the shooter rolls the Come-Out Roll. On 7 or 11, you win. 2, 3, or 12 (known as “craps”) you lose. Any other number becomes what is called the “point.” If a Point is rolled on the Come-Out roll, the dealer will place a puck on that number designating it for the next roll, a “bonus round” of sorts. In this “bonus round”, if the Point is rolled again, you win. If a 7 is rolled, you lose. Any other number continues the bonus round.

It’s important to note that on the come-out roll seven makes you win, but in the “bonus round” seven makes you lose. When a seven comes up before the Point causing you to lose, it’s called “seven-ing out,” and the dice pass to the next shooter (clockwise around the table.)

There are many ways to make bets on the craps table. If you’re interested in learning during your next party, hire Aces Up! We can help make any celebration memorable and fun for everyone! Contact us and request which games you want to show up to your next event.

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Terms to Know For A Casino Party: Part I

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Casinos, whether real or for entertainment only, tend to be boisterous, loud spaces. People are laughing, cheering, talking, having fun. Amid all that noise, you want to make sure your message gets across, which makes it handy to know some of the important terminologies ahead of time. Aces Up is here to help. Not only do we offer a premier casino party experience, but we have all the knowledge you need to make the most of it!

General Terms

We’ll skip obvious things like “place your bets,” but there are some other terms that you should anticipate.

Final Bets

If you’re coming into a game and hear this, that means that any bets you want to put in should be made in a hurry. Otherwise, bets will close and you’ll have to just watch while waiting for the next round.

Is This Table Open?

Most game tables can only support a limited number of players. Other times players arrange to have a limited game between specific people. Common courtesy is to ask if a table is open before taking a seat.

Color Up

This is used to describe players turning in their low-value chips for higher denomination ones, as the denominations are marked by different colors. This is always good practice before leaving a table, so you don’t have to carry more chips than necessary.

Poker Terms

One of the most popular casino and table card games, poker has its own important lingo to know in order to succeed.

Bluff

A bluff is when a player bets or keeps their hand, even though it’s a bad one, in an effort to trick opponents into backing down.

Call

An action in which the player matches the bet of whoever went before them. This is the minimum bet required, to continue playing a hand.

Check

Checking is allowed for the first person up to bet. They don’t have to make a bet right then, but it will come back around and they’ll have to decide what to do, based on what others have done.

Fold

Conceding a hand; a player acknowledges their cards probably can’t win that hand and withdraws, rather than risk more chips.

Raise

When a player increases their bet, usually because they’re confident their hand can win, but sometimes as a bluff.

This just covers a few general casino and poker terms, but we’ll be back with more terms for other games. With these in mind, you’re one step closer to a fun-filled night of gambling! Your Aces Up Casino Parties team is ready to help you host the party of a lifetime! We have the perfect entertainment package for your next family or company event! Schedule our services today.

The History of Blackjack and Card Counting

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The History of Blackjack and Card Counting

Blackjack, or as it’s more commonly known in Europe as “21”, is an old and celebrated game. How old? No one really knows. All we know is its style of play has remained the same for over four hundred years: beat the house by holding with a hand of cards whose value comes as close to 21 without going over (with aces counting as either 1 or 11.) But only in the last fifty years have mathematicians and computer engineers cracked the code on how to beat the house. From Aces Up Casino Parties, here’s a history of blackjack and how cheaters try to “play” the game.

An Early Game of Cards

While the origin of the game “21” is somewhat unknown, we do know it was played as early as the beginning of the 17th century. Miguel de Cervantes, best known for writing Don Quixote, wrote a short story called Rinconete y Cortadillo about a pair of cheats working in Seville, Spain, and described the game as it was played in his time (with decks that didn’t include eights or nines). When “21” came to the United States in the country’s early years, gambling houses offered additional bonus payouts to garner additional interest in the game. One of these bonuses was a ten-to-one payout if a player’s hand consisted of the ace of spades and a black jack (either clubs or spades). The hand was called “blackjack.” Although the bonus went away, the name stuck and soon “21” was simply called “blackjack.”

Card Counting

In 1962, mathematician Edward O. Thorp wrote a detailed book entitled Beat the Dealer, outlining various betting and playing strategies for blackjack. One of these tactics was called card counting. Basically, card counters assign point values in their minds to cards as they come into play, tracking the sum of these values (called a “running count”) and attempting to predict the future appearance of cards. High cards generally benefit players, while low cards typically favor the dealer. While casinos have long since adopted new rules to minimize the effectiveness of card counting, they still use surveillance and intuition to catch gamblers trying to count cards. Few legal restrictions have been placed on the practice, and accordingly, casinos have been known to resort to banning card counters and even used to use physical violence against them.

What do you think? Is card counting cheating or simply playing a mental game with the dealer? At Aces Up Casino Parties, we think Blackjack should continue to be a fun game that everyone can pick up and play. If you’ve got an event coming up, consider hiring us to spice up the festivities with our internet specials!

How to Win At the Roulette Table

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Roulette is a game that can be a bit intimidating the first time you lay your eyes on the betting table. Along with its notorious history as a house favorite (for its high casino advantage), roulette has nevertheless remained popular due to the high payouts and exciting buildup. Aces Up offers state-of-the-art American roulette tables that would be perfect entertainment for your next event. So, to prepare for the excitement here’s how to bet wisely and achieve the most success at the roulette table.

How to Challenge the House

Roulette is difficult if only because individual bets have a 1 in 37 chance of success, but only pays out 35 to 1. This gives the house a natural 5.26% advantage against all bets. One of the best ways to increase your chances of success at roulette is to “stick to the outside”, meaning the bets like red/black, high/low, and odd/even. While the returns aren’t nearly as high, the chances are closer to 50% than not. A combination of two outside bets like red/odd numbers can double your success on some numbers and cover more bases. The house edge on 00-0-1-2-3 (first five) is the worst, so avoid it at all costs.

The Martingale Strategy

One way to bet on red/black or even/odds is following what’s called the Martingale strategy. Let’s say you bet $5 on red and it lands on black. Next round, bet $10 on red to win back your money and see a profit. If it lands again on black, bet $20 on red. It will inevitably land on red, and you’ll see a profit. This does require enough that you can double up multiple times, however, and can be risky.

Hedge Your Bets on the Third Column

One thing you might notice about the table is that the red and black numbers aren’t spaced evenly across the columns. You can take advantage of the red-rich third column in particular by betting 2:1 third column and then double your bet on 1:1 black to give yourself a solid chance of making gains. On red numbers in the third column you get your money back, and on a black number in the third column, you gain.

Take your chances and practice your roulette strategy in a fun and worry-free environment with help from Aces Up Casino Parties. We have the perfect entertainment package for your next family or company event! Schedule our services today.

3 Tips for Making the Most of Roulette

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A popular game at office casino parties and Monte Carlo nights is roulette, however, it can be a bit intimidating to play. Your friends at Aces Up Casino Parties are here to give you some ideas for making the most of our roulette tables, both in terms of fun and strategy!

  1. Have a System!
    Some of the best advice you’ll ever get for playing and winning at a roulette table is to do so with a betting system. There are a wealth of systems online, many of which can be tailored to your own style of play.
  1. Avoid Bad Bets
    All bets have a house edge built-in, however, some of them are worse than others. Of all the possible bets on a roulette table, never choose the five number combo 0-00-1-2-3. At a 7.89% house edge, it has the worst odds on the table! Also, avoid betting all of any one “category” such as black and red, even and odd, etc. – by doing this, you are guaranteeing you will never win!
  1. Make Your Bets Last
    If you’re someone who really enjoys playing roulette and prefer a lasting experience, focus on wagers that pay out evenly, also known as playing the “outside.” By betting on things such as red or black, even or odd, 1-18 or 19-36, your payouts will always be even-money and your chip stack is guaranteed to last longer!

Whether you’re a seasoned roulette player or new to the game, Aces Up offers a great roulette experience for your party or event. Visit our website for our current Internet Specials or to Request a Proposal today!

3 Ways to Gamble Responsibly At Your Work Party

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For most people, the idea of gambling responsibly means knowing “when to quit,” so that whether you come out on top or not, you don’t feel bad about your time spent at the tables. Because gambling can be such a rush, sometimes it’s hard to say “when.” We here at Aces Up Casino Parties want you to have as much fun as possible gambling, and feel responsible while you do! So here are our tips for managing your time at the tables.

1.    Treat It as Entertainment Only

One of the single best things you can do for yourself when playing the odds is not to take things too seriously. It’s meant to be fun, so focus on having fun! This is also easier to do when you include family, friends or colleagues in the experience.

2.    Know the Odds

It’s much easier to be comfortable with gambling results if you understand the odds ahead of time and can accept them.

3.    Give Yourself Limits

Whether it’s in time or money, it’s a good idea to set limits for yourself when gambling so that you have more control over your experience. When you reach that limit, you can take some time to spectate and have fun that way, too.

Whatever your game, the card tables, the dice tables or roulette, AcesUp offers an amazing and entertaining experience for your parties and events. Visit our site for our current internet specials or to request a proposal today!

Great Occasions For Casino Parties

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687404227 Casino table equipmentSomething of a break from most party traditions, casino parties are growing in popularity as people are discovering ways to have the same fun casino experience without putting their bank accounts at risk. Your friends at Aces Up Casino Parties are here to give you some ideas for taking advantage of the fun you can have at a casino party by giving you some occasions to celebrate!

Fundraising

One of the most popular ways to host a casino party is as a fundraiser. The occasion is already all about raising money, but a fundraising casino party lets the guests get in on the fun, and enjoy putting down a little money for the cause.

Corporate Reward

An exciting incentive for company employees or a sales team is the opportunity to be a part of a party. Nothing is more rewarding than walking away from a party with more cash in your pocket – even if it’s just play money!

Side Party

Another really fun way to have a casino party is to have it alongside the main event. Having a Super Bowl or playoff celebration, but not all the guests are into sports? Set out a couple of tables on the side where they can indulge in some card games during the big game.

Wedding Reception

Recently, a lot of couples have taken a shine to the idea of adding some entertaining stakes to their receptions. Having the bride kick off the festivities by throwing the first roll at the craps table is always a great picture moment.

If you’re looking for ideas for your next party, from big events to family affairs, AcesUp offers a variety of tables for your gaming needs. Visit our site for our current internet specials or to request a proposal today!