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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.

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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!

How to Perfect Your Poker Face

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Imagine you’re in a high-stakes game and are confident you have the winning hand. But wait, can you keep your opponents’ guessing? Keeping a straight face is harder than you think, but if you can learn to control even the smallest tics in both your facial expressions and body language, you can emerge victorious.

Relax Your Face: Your facial expressions are the first giveaway, making it imperative that you master the art of relaxation. You don’t want to clench your jaw and appear overly tense over the cards in your hand. Before you start the game, take a deep breath and clear your mind.

Focus Your Eyes: Show the other players that you are confident and intimidating by making eye contact throughout the game. Be careful though, you don’t want to come across as overly concerned about your current hand. If you’re worried that you’re line of sight might be a weak point, toss on a pair of sunglasses and play it cool the whole game through.

Master Your Body Language: You may be able to keep your facial expressions clear, but the charade doesn’t stop there. Body language works in tandem and again, relaxation is key. Shake out any tension and settle into a natural, upright position. Be sure to avoid any unnecessary fidgeting including tapping, pulling on your clothing, or rubbing your hands together.

Don’t Shout About It: Your voice is also a potential giveaway to your opponents. Keep an even, balanced tone to avoid a nervous quiver or an excited change in octave. If you suspect your voice will give you away, simply nodding or shaking your head will do in a pinch.

If you’re ready to show off your new poker face skills, we’d love to host 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!

Break from Tradition and Make It Your Own

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Congratulations on being engaged! Planning a wedding is an exciting thing to do, but it can also be very stressful. There are a lot of things to consider like time and date, venue, refreshments, guest count, and officiator. And those are just the logistics. Beyond that are details like dresses, hair, accessories, tuxes, flowers, decorations, etc.

Your wedding is an opportunity for you and your soon-to-be-spouse to showcase your personalities in a celebration featuring you, but it can sometimes be difficult to find a balance between what you want and what your traditionalist grandmother or mother insists on.

Are you wanting to plan a wedding that breaks from tradition? While it may be important to you that you incorporate traditional items (something borrowed, something blue…), you don’t have to stick to a traditional theme. Make your wedding an event that not only you, but guests will remember for years to come by having a casino themed wedding.

Attire: Go for an all-out James Bond look. No fluffy, pastry-like dress needed. Opt for a lighter, sleek, and sexy wedding dress and bodycon bridesmaid dresses. Have the groom and groomsmen wear fitted tuxes and invite guests to dress to help set the atmosphere.

Entertainment: At Aces Up Casino Parties we offer delivery, setup, and break down of a number of popular casino games. Choose from craps, roulette, blackjack, Texas Hold’em, and even more! Our packages range from small to large groups and we come to any venue that you choose from your own backyard to the hotel grand room of your favorite San Francisco Bay Area hotel.

Refreshments: We know that nothing goes better with a casino night than alcohol. That’s why we now offer bar services including a light-up bar, quality bartenders, and all the bar tools needed for a night to remember.

Decorations: To complete your casino themed wedding celebration, we also offer custom LED-lit table signs for all of our tables except poker and they’re free with your booking!

Don’t spend all of your time planning and prepping, enjoy being engaged and leave the hard work to us! For more information about our current internet specials or to request a proposal, visit us at www.acesup.com.