Table games is the term used to distinguish games such as Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, Baccarat and Craps from any other game. Table games are also distinguished by the fact that they have a croupier or dealer and are not operated by mechanics. In some regions across the globe, casinos may only offer slots or table games, and this helps identify what sort of entertainment is featured. In any casino the games are usually separated by category, with slots taking up one section, video poker another and table games in a separate area. The same can be said online, in that games are separated according to their style of play.
Games of Skill and Chance
It’s interesting to note that when it comes to table games, there is generally an element of skill involved, unless you are playing Roulette or Craps. Roulette and Craps are games of chance and its impossible to improve your chances of winning, however Blackjack, Poker and baccarat all require an element of skill and players can use strategy to influence the outcome.
Table games are also often played against others, either the dealer or a group of players, rather than
being a solitary pursuit such as slots. Craps and Roulette may be more solitary too, but they are incredibly exciting and in a land-based casino the tables are always full of spectators too.
You’ll notice that in almost every casino, both online and off, games tables are green. The odd red or blue table may make its appearance, but on the whole, table games play out on a green table.
This is not simply due to tradition, but more to the fact that when gambling was illegal, snooker halls or rooms with billiards tables were often used as make-shift casinos, with table markings drawn on to the green baize with chalk. Green baize then became the preferred card dealers material of choice as it allowed for cards to be slipped across the table with ease, but there was no risk of them sliding off, or flipping over unexpectedly.
Green is also considered to be a calming colour and the fact that tables have remained this colour may have something to do with player psychology. Green is easy on the eye and is associated with the idea of ‘go’ such as a green traffic light. Additionally, in the Western world green is the colour of money, and this elicits an excellent response when high stakes games are in play.
Types of Table Games
Visa Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Poker may be the most well known table games around, but there are actually a vast number of other options. These include games such as Faro, Fan-Tan, Mumbo, Penny Up and Sic Bo. There’s also Chuck a Luck and Big Six Wheel table games, but these are not always readily available.
Online casinos are able to offer a broader selection of table games as they are not limited by floor space, so if you are keen on this type of entertainment, you should be able to find what you are looking for online.